"We stepped into the lion's den in Montrose, and the lion was hungry," Craig Middle School wresting Coach Don Guffy said about the meet his team attended last weekend.
The gruesome imagery of being feed to the lions was not entirely true for the Bullpups they had the upper hand in most of the tournament, were able to take second as a team, and two heavy-weight wrestlers went undefeated and took first place but they did face stiff competition.
The two heavy weights, Brent Chamberlain, 155 pounds, and Scott Garoutte, 170, were not only undefeated, but were able to pin all of their competitors on their way to first-place finishes.
Delta was their main competition at the Montrose tournament, placing 17 wrestlers in 19 weights, while CMS placed 12 wrestlers.
"If we would have had maybe one more wrestler in the finals, we might have won it all, but that's kind of hard to say Delta's a pretty sound team," Guffy said.
According to Guffy, the Montrose meet is one of the best junior high school tournaments in the state of Colorado, bringing together one of the largest contingencies of young wrestlers in the state.
"The Montrose tournament is great, it brings a lot of schools together. It really helps the kids get a feel for what it will be like to wrestle in high school," Guffy said.
The performance of the CMS wrestlers pleased Guffy, and he feels the team is doing what needs to be done for a successful season. Practices remain the core to the program, working on the basics to ensure success on the mats.
"We're where we need to be as a team, and I feel we'll just keep getting better as the season goes along," Guffy said.
The season will continue this week with a match-up against Meeker in a dual meet on Saturday and another meet March 23 in Hayden.
The coach feels confident about his team's upcoming performances. The only reported fly in the ointment will be spring break, starting Monday.
"We might be a little short-handed when it comes to going to Hayden, but we should be at full strength this week at Meeker," Guffy said.
CMS's B squad wrestled at Soroco Saturday and placed seventh as a team from a field of 12.
Individually, the B squad placed four wrestlers in the top five Jake Bilodeau placed second, Adam Lundy placed third, and Nick Jones and Dennis Green both finished in fourth place.
"The guys on the B team are doing well this season, they just need to continue the hard work," the coach said.