Bulldogs go 4-1 at Palmer Ridge Duals

Four Palisade High School wrestlers went undefeated to lead the Bulldogs to a 4-1 record Saturday in the Palmer Ridge Duals in Monument.

The Bulldogs defeated the top-ranked team in Class 3A, Centauri, 48-36, Palmer Ridge 47-26, Florence 56-21 and The Classical Academy 63-7. Cañon City defeated Palisade 39-34.

Palisade’s four undefeated wrestlers were led by the lower weights outstanding wrestler of the tournament, Justin Ray, at 138 pounds. The Bulldogs’ Brandon Espinoza (106), Dalton Hannigan (132) and Braxton Stewart (170) were 5-0.

Palisade’s Trevor Garcia (145) and Zane Stewart (182) were 4-1.

Delta Invitational: Paonia reached the finals in seven weight classes and claimed titles in four to win the Delta Panther Invitational with 234 points.

The Eagles’ champs were Ty Coats at 145, Morgan Reider at 195, Joel Simianer at 220 and Tony Darling at 285.

Delta was the runner-up with 182 points and had one individual champ: Shane Anderson at 132 pounds.

Wasatch Duals: Central went 2-5 in duals Friday and Saturday at the Wasatch Duals in Wasatch, Utah. The Warriors’ wins were 37-36 over Lone Peak and 67-9 over South Summit. Central’s Kyle Martinez (126), Caleb Hendricks (170) and Jacob Crosby (285) each won four matches.

Swimming & Diving

Montrose won four of the 13 events Saturday en route to the team championship of the Southwestern League Relays at El Pomar Natatorium.

The Indians also placed second in three events and finished with 522 points, 134 more than runner-up Summit’s 388. Grand Junction was third with 382 points in the 12-team field.

Grand Junction won two events, including diving, where Sofie Black and Grayson Young finished first and second, respectively.

Fruita Monument placed sixth, and Palisade/Central was eighth and won one event: the 100-yard freestyle relay.

Girls Basketball

Palisade High School lost to Faith Christian 41-25 Saturday in the Demon Invitational at Glenwood Springs.

Cruz Maestas led the Wildcats with seven points.

Nucla 56, Plateau Valley 41: Nucla outscored Plateau Valley 33-16 in the second half after the teams entered halftime tied 23-23.


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