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Battle Mountain wrestling ready for regional tourney

EDWARDS — The Metro region is meeting in Montrose. That's perfectly logical.

Welcome to Class 4A's Region 4 Wrestling Tournament in downtown metropolitan Montrose. Nothing against the fine town of Montrose, but CHSAA is somewhat geographically challenged.

Whatever it's called, Battle Mountain will be there with a quintet of grapplers with state dreams.

"We've been ramping it up just like college wrestling, going almost nonstop for two-and-a-half hours," Huskies coach Angelo Vasquez said. "The kids face an intense wrestler in every tournament. What they have to realize is that at regionals, everyone is intense."

Based on the regular season, Mario DeLara (132 pounds) is likely the Huskies' best shot. The junior is 31-8 this season. Don't overlook Demetrio Velasco at 220 pounds, though. He's placed twice this season at tournaments populated mostly by 5A wrestlers.

Sophomore Humberto Estrada (138) and freshmen Victor Ortiz (145) and Rahul Neupane (152) will also be in the hunt.

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The top four in each weight class advance to state. In the case that the fifth- and fourth-place finishers have not met previously in the tournament, there is a wrestle-back.

Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 970-748-2934, cfreud@vaildaily.com and @cfreud.