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MEEKER I The Cowboy wrestling season is headed into regional competition. This past weekend they hosted twice: Friday their dual against third-ranked Cedaredge was tough. Cedaredge has eight ranked wrestlers, including a returning state champion. Meeker didn’t come out on top, but any time you can get on the mat can teach some valuable lessons.
Saturday the Meeker duals kicked off at 9:30 a.m. Weather conditions caused some changes in the schools that participated. Hotchkiss made a surprise appearance and Glenwood Springs did not make it.
In Pool A, Meeker took first place over Olathe, Rangely and Basalt. The day opened with Rangely, the Cowboys won 48-20. “We are wrestling really well,” said head coach JC Watt. “We were the only team that filled all the weights.”
The Cowboys went on to win two more duals against Olathe (57-21) and Basalt (66-16).
The wins put Meeker atop the Pool A bracket and they entered the Gold Bracket for the final matches of the day, wrestling for first place. Once again winning their duals, they defeated Moffat County (48-29) and then Rifle (42-34) and sealed the championship.
The team now looks forward to regionals, “if we can keep our kids healthy, we will be ready,” commented Watt.
Regionals will begin Friday at 4 p.m. at the Montrose Events Center and then wrap-up Saturday with wrestling beginning at 9 a.m.