Delta Panther Invite draws top talent

Cedaredge head coach Cutter Garrison and his No. 2 ranked Bruins, including defending state champion sophomore Trey Geyer standing behind his coach, will wrestle in the Delta Panther Invitational this Saturday. The Panther Invitational will feature No. 1 ranked wrestlers in seven of the 14 weights/Photo by Bobby Gutierrez

Thirteen teams are entered in the annual Delta Panther Invitational and half of the 14 weights will feature a No. 1 ranked wrestler, according to the latest On the Mat Rankings.

While the Panther Invitational will feature 2A and 3A teams, Grand Junction High School will host the Tiger Duals with 4A and 5A school from the Western Slope, as well as a few from the Denver area.

After the first week of competition, the Cedaredge Bruins traded places with Western Slope rival Paonia in the rankings and are now ranked No. 2 behind defending champion Wray, while Meeker fell out of the top 10.

Delta, along with the aforementioned, will also host Basalt, Buena Vista, Coal Ridge, Florence, Grand Valley, Hotchkiss, Montezuma-Cortez, Nucla and Rifle this Saturday. Cedaredge’s 2A defending state champions Trey Geyer and Sean Dale are both ranked No. 1 at 120 and 126, respectively, while A.J. Serna, also a defending state champion, is ranked No. 2 at 120 in 3A.

Paonia’s Sackett Chesnick is the No. 1 ranked 145-pounder and his teammates Grey Neal (160) and Levi
Peterson (220) are No. 1 in their respective weights. Meeker’s Tannen Kennedy is the No. 1 ranked 152- pounder in 2A and Nucla has the top ranked 182-pounder in Will Gabriel.

Buena Vista’s Carlos Hutchings will add to the already tough 120-pound bracket, as he is the No. 3 ranked 3A wrestler, as is Delta’s Aiden Barrios at 170 and Hotchkiss’ Traycer Hall at 138.

he defending 5A state champion Grand Junction Tigers, currently ranked No. 3, will also host Adams City, Arvada West, Eagle Valley (currently ranked No. 7 in 3A), Fruita Monument, Glenwood Springs, Moffat County, Montrose, Northglenn and Palisade.

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Bobby Gutierrez loves high school sports, especially wrestling and has covered them for his hometown newspaper; the Rio Blanco Herald Times for more than 20 years. Bobby and his wife Wendy live in Meeker, Colorado, where they own and operate Wendll’s, an internet coffee shop, they have three grown children and eight grandchildren.