Collins receives peewee sportsmanship award

MEEKER — Tony Collins was the proud recipient of the coveted sportsmanship award given at all tournaments in the Northwest Colorado Peewee Wrestling league.
Collins demonstrated good sportsmanship by being respectful to his opponents, referees and his coaching staff. The Meeker Peewee wrestling club would like to congratulate Collins on this accomplishment.
The wrestling club sent 37 wrestlers to attend the last tournament of the season hosted by New Castle at Coal Ridge High School Saturday. The Cowboys crowned four champions, seven consolation champions as well as eight third place, six fourth place and 12 participants.
Coming home with top honors were Jesus Holland-Gonzalez, James Amick, Sheridan Harvey and Casey Turner. Runners-up were Anthony Holland-Gonzalez, Doak Mantle, Cody Nielson, Joshua Cochran, Jake Smith, Tristin Pelloni and Colt Lewis. Consolation champs were Tannen Kennedy, Jacob Pelloni, Garrett Frantz, Austin Russell, Conner Pursley, Dillon Frantz, Jacob Nielson and Edward Pursley. Fourth place went to Kesston Hobbs, Tevin Secrest-Pelloni, CJ Wangnild, Brett McGruder, Austin Sanderson and Anthony Kelley. Kascia Cochran, Tristen Tonozzi, Anna Castle, Daylon Nielson, Jeffery Wagner, Tony Collins, Austin Purcell, Asa Kelley, Aaron Cochran, Qynton Larson, Fabian Jones and Caleb Bradford wrestled but did not place.
The peewee wrestling season ended with the annual banquet held Monday, May 5 at the Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds. The wrestlers received Cowboy Awards from head coach Todd Morris along with words of encouragement and short anecdotes about each one. Sixth-grade wrestlers Asa Kelley, Aaron Cochran, Qynton Larson, Anthony Kelley, Fabian Jones, John Mac Sheridan were presented with an emotional “good luck” wish from Morris as they continue their wrestling careers in middle school.
“This season was a challenging one with a lot of changes, but the wrestlers did a great job keeping focused and having fun,” Morris said.