Each week, the Bad Dogs pee wee wrestling team faces tougher competition and narrower fields.
Saturday, the field got narrower by two wrestlers at the Denver Metro Regional Tournament, where the pee wee wrestlers had a strong presence with eight wrestlers. All but two wrestlers placed eighth or better at Adams City, qualifying them for this Saturday's Denver Metro Championship to be held at UNC in Greeley.
"The kids came up against some real tough competition in Denver," coach Bill Bingham said. "The kids they faced were the top of their districts, and it will only get tougher for them this weekend when we go back down to Denver."
In the last two tournaments, the top eight places have qualified for the championships. At the championships, the qualification for state, only the top four wrestlers will be seeded.
The state meet, held at Magnass Arena at the University of Denver, is an open tournament allowing whoever enters a chance to wrestle. Those who placed at the championship will be seeded meaning they will get byes at state, while those who just enter must wrestle through.
"It's a big help to get the early byes in a tournament, considering the one we have this weekend has around 16-18 brackets," Bingham said. "That's a lot of wrestling for a young kid to have to do."