The Monticello Buckaroo wrestlers faced a tough challenge this week as they attended the Rockwell Rumble in Orem, UT.
The Rumble has become one of the premier wrestling tournaments in the West, playing host to more than 700 wrestlers representing 71 schools from six states.
Four Buckaroos brought home individual medals from the Rockwell Rumble, the most ever for the Buckaroos since they began attending the tournament in 2006.
With 64-man brackets, the road to a medal is the toughest these wrestlers face all year.
The Rocky Mountain Rumble had the team split between two locations in Provo, as half attended the varsity tournament and half attended the JV tourney.
The six varsity Buckaroos finished 24th out of 71 teams, 18th among Utah teams, and were the only 1A school in the top 35 as Altamont finished in 38th place.
Medal winners for the Bucks are Zach Musselman and Cole Eldredge, who both earned fifth place finishes after two days of tough competition.
Both Eldredge and Musselman had a win in the first three rounds but a loss in the next round sent them to the consolation bracket and a tough road to the medal round.
Both Buckaroos came back strong, winning three of their next four matches, including their final match for fifth place honors.
Musselman won three by fall, including an exciting 1-0 barn burner in his medal match. Eldredge had four wins by more than seven points and finished with a 5-3 win in the medal match.
Bringing home seventh place medals are Shandon Bradford and Brandon Musselman.
Bradford won by technical fall in round one, but a tough second round loss paved a tough road, which he navigated well, earning three wins to stay alive in the tournament.
Bradford won three matches by fall including his medal match.
Musselman won his first two, including a big 11-1 win and an exciting one point win in round two. A loss in the third round sent him to the consolation bracket, where he earned two more big wins including a 16-0 technical fall.
Also wrestling in the varsity tournament were Brayson Wilcox and Chance Weahkee, who worked hard against the tough competition, each earning three wins at the tournament.
In the JV Rumble Tournament, the Buckaroos finished 16th out of 38 teams. Top finisher for the Buckaroos is Parker Knudson, who earned a third place medal.
Knudson earned a close win in his first round, but a loss in his next match sent him to the consolation bracket. Knudson stepped up, wrestling hard and earning five wins by fall to earn his medal.
Tyler Draper had four wins by fall on his way to a fifth place finish, winning his final match by technical fall. Dustin Christensen earned a sixth place medal winning five matches over the weekend.
Also wrestling hard for the Bucks are Spencer Squires with five wins, missing the medals by only one win. Paul DeAnda finished with four wins; Clayton Westcott, Brandin Clark, Thomas Anderson, and Justin Cecil each earned a win, along with Tacovi Warren, and Seamis Barrell.
This week, the Buckaroos will host Piedra Vista High School on Thursday at 5 p.m. in Monticello. This weekend they will travel to the Aztec Duals in Aztec, NM on Saturday.
On next Tuesday, January 27, the Bucks travel to Dolores for a 7 p.m. dual and will host San Juan and Whitehorse for Senior Night on January 28 (next Wednesday).