Dillon Anthony set the pace for the Durango High School wrestlers Saturday at the annual Southwestern League Championships in Montrose.
Competing in duals against the five other SWL teams, the Demons managed a 1-4 team mark while giving up three weight classes to forfeits.
The Demons beat Montezuma-Cortez but lost to Grand Junction, Grand Junction Central, Fruita Monument and Montrose. Scores were unavailable Saturday night.
Anthony, returning to the mat after battling injuries this season, went 5-0 in Saturday’s duals and was named All-SWL at 132 pounds. He was the only DHS wrestler to win all five matches and earn the all-conference designation.
“I was really impressed with him. He looked like the Dillon Anthony we saw last year,” DHS head coach Doug Cuddie said of the former state qualifier.
“He came out and wrestled really well.”
Clay Dillon of DHS went 4-1 at 126 pounds.
Nick Tarpley, Durango’s 152-pounder who is ranked No. 1 in Class 4A by coloradopreps.com this week, also went 4-1 on Saturday.
Tarpley won all of his matches except one – a contest against Jacob Trujillo of Grand Junction, the top-ranked Class 5A wrestler at 145 pounds.
“Junction moved their 145-pounder up to wrestle Nick,” Cuddie said. “And that Jacob Trujillo is really, really good.”
Daniel Gustavson went 4-1 on Saturday at 220 pounds for the Demons.
Patrick Cunnion (170), Garrett Marcum (145) and Matthew Lavengood (112) all went 3-2 on Saturday.
“Individually, at different times, we wrestled well,” Cuddie said. “We just didn’t put anything together as a team. It’s tough with three forfeits.”
But Cuddie said he was happy with the progress his wrestlers showed in Saturday’s marathon.
“We got much better (Saturday), which will prepare us for next week,” Cuddie said.
DHS will head back to Montrose on Friday and Saturday for Class 4A regionals, where they will not see Class 5A Grand Junction, Central or Fruita Monument.