CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Scottsbluff’s Cruz Delacruz and Keegan Hessler finished with top honors on Saturday at the Charlie Lake Varsity Tournament at Cheyenne East High School.
The invitational tournament, which consists of 16 teams, started around 10 a.m. Saturday morning and wrapped up around 9:30 p.m.
As a team, the Bearcats placed fourth in the tournament. Delacruz won the 106-pound weight class, and Hessler took home the top honor at 113.
Scottsbluff also got a solid performance from Sabian Harsh, who finished in second place at 145. His lone loss came against a wrestler from Highland, Colo. in the final match. At 285, junior Andrew Aratani finished third after winning his final match in dramatic fashion, a three-overtime thriller.
Scottsbluff coach James Miller was pleased with how his Bearcats performed.
“We wrestled pretty well,” Miller said. “I think it’s still too early to gauge where the kids are going to end up at the end of the year. It’s great to see some good competition, but just because we placed as a team at this tournament, I’m not really looking to say that because we placed at this tournament that we’re going to place at state. The competition’s been great, but at the same time, we’re looking to continue to improve as the year goes on and so is everybody else.”
The Bearcats finished high in the standings despite the absence of junior Colton Adams, who competed in the Walsh Ironman wrestling tournament at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. Adams, who wrestled at 126 pounds in the elite high school tournament, finished third after posting a 6-1 record.