Bears take 3rd at Nucla tourney

Dolores placed third as a team last Saturday at Nucla's wrestling tournament.

The host Mustangs were first and 4A Delta was second.

Wyatt Wade, Deano Valdez and Ethan Upton all won titles at 145, 152 and 170 pounds with 2-0 records apiece.

Guy Wallace was third at 138 with a 2-1 mark and Luke Murefield came in fourth at 132s.

"I think it was a nice way to finish. We've been wrestling tough the last week," Dolores coach Leo Garand said. "Their hard work is paying off. They're wrestling at the top of their game going into regionals."

The 2A Western Regionals are Friday and Saturday at Grand Junction High School.

"We've got three, possibly five guys that look like they can go on," said Garand about wrestlers advancing to the state tourney. "Wyatt Mattausch is coming back (at 132) from injury. A couple guys are wrestling real well that can surprise some folks."