In only their third week of action, the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team will get a sneak preview of where it stands in the state of Colorado Friday and Saturday at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, Colo.
"It's the biggest tournament in the state other than the state tournament," said Bulldogs coach Roman Gutierrez. "You get to see a lot of good teams out of Colorado, New Mexico and a couple of teams from Utah. You get to see some really good kids all weekend long."
According to Gutierrez, the Bulldogs, who are in Class 4A, will get the Alamosa Maroons who are considered to be the early favorite.
"Thirty-two teams will be in attendance," said Gutierrez. "Delta, Utah, is the defending champions. Alamosa is probably the top Class 4A team in the state and they will be there. I am not sure what 5A teams come in. We will see Fruita Monument and the Grand Junction teams. It will be a real good one for us."
Gutierrez believes practice this week has gone smooth.
"Practice is going good," said Gutierrez. "The only problem is trying to get the kids feeling better. We don't have any of the varsity kids sick right now, but some of the junior varsity kids are."
A week ago at the Rock Springs, Wyo., tournament the Bulldogs finished in third place with 115 points. Green River, Wyo., ran away with the meet with 246 points and Vernal, Utah, was second with 117 points.
Senior Coalin Hume, who finished in first place in Rock Springs at the 160-pound weight class, believes the Bulldogs will be more focused as a team this weekend at the two-day tournament.
"As a team I feel we didn't wrestle as good as we should have in Rock Springs, Wyo., said Hume. "Coming into the Warrior Classic, we are expecting a tough tournament and I feel that we should do well.
"This week I think that we need to go into the tournament with more intensity, like we did in the Steamboat Springs tournament."