Cowboys take to the mats

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The Meeker Cowboys wrestling team competed for the first time this season at the Maverick Duals in Grand Junction last Saturday. Not having all the varsity weight classes filled cost the team some points. Meeker High School junior Colby Clatterbaugh ended the tournament undefeated. The varsity Cowboys travel to Cedaredge Friday and Delta on Saturday.

MEEKER | After three full weeks of practice the Cowboy wrestlers finally took to the mats. Saturday found the team split, the varsity competed at the Maverick Duals in Grand Junction and JV at the Olathe JV Tournament.

“The varsity did not have all the weights filled yet,” commented head coach JC Watt. “Next week we will be pulling a couple more from JV to varsity to begin filling the team.”

Dualing without a full team created numerous forfeits that cost the team points. The Cowboys ended up 1-4, beating Montezuma-Cortez.

In round one against Bayfield Trae Kennedy (106), Charles Curry (132), Dax Sheridan (170), Colby Clatterbaugh (195), and Reese Harvey (285) all pinned their opponents; Kennedy got it done in 39 seconds and Harvey in 55.

The Cowboys then had a bye until round four where they took on Palisade. Four of the seven team members wrestled. Kennedy won 15-0 for a technical fall, Sheridan by decision, and Clatterbaugh by pin in round two.

The third of the five opponents was Olathe. Some movement of the weights to give each team an opportunity to wrestle a bit more found Kennedy and Blunt moving up a weight class and each losing by decision. Four of seven Cowboys wrestled, and the final score was 33-18 to the Pirates.

In the seventh round of the tournament, the Cowboys dualed Montezuma Cortez. Five of seven Cowboys took to the mats and all were victorious by pins. Curry pulled it off in 42 seconds.

For the final round, the last two teams wrestling in the arena were Meeker and Grand Junction, battling a 5A team is not easy for a 2A school. All seven Cowboys had a match. Kennedy, Clatterbaugh and Ridge Williams were the Cowboys who came out on top. When it was all said and done, Clatterbaugh ended the tournament undefeated.

“It was exciting to be back on the mats,” Watt said. “We saw some good things out there and now we know what we need to work on. The JV was also successful,” Watt said. “There are a lot of young guys on the team and Meeker placed fifth out of 16 teams with only six guys.” Placing in the top three were Dalton Portwood (126), Elijah LeBlanc (145), Dagon Dade (152) and Tanner Musser (220).

This week the varsity wrestlers travel to Cedaredge for a dual against Buena Vista on Friday. Saturday the JV will be in action in Rifle and varsity will be at the Delta tournament.

By TIFFANY JEHOREK | Special to the Herald Times