Moffat County's Bulldog wrestlers have their eye on the prize a state title. And, the team was pounding out the pins this weekend at two wrestling duels and a tournament in a three-day span, Thursday-Saturday, and swept all the events.
The Bulldogs opened their season with a duel match against Union High School in Roosevelt, Utah Thursday evening. The Bulldogs out wrestled Union and won the match 63-18. The teams overall record for the match was 11-3 and 9-3 in pins.
"We did great," Head Coach Roman Gutierrez said. "We lost two matches by decisions."
After a decisive win in Utah, the Bulldogs traveled back to Craig for their home season opener against Elizabeth High School Friday night at the Moffat County High School gym. The Bulldogs crushed Elizabeth 69-6. The Dogs overall record was 12-2 and 9-0 in pins.
"Elizabeth is a young inexperienced team," Gutierrez said. "Hopefully they'll do better."
Moffat County took charge of the mat quickly in the match. Lake, 103, win - forfeit, Hixson, 112 win-pin, Kostur, 119, win-pin, Hasting, 125, win-forfeit, Weber, 130, win-pin, T. Linsacum, 135, win- pin, R. Linsacum, 140, win-major decision, T. Weber, 145, win-pin, McMillian, 152, win-pin, Fredrickson, 160, win-pin, Duarte, 160, loss-decision, Musgrave, 171, loss-decision, Sloan, 215, win-pin, Jerod Coniff, 275, win-pin.
It was a clear home victory for the Bulldogs Friday evening.
"We did real good," heavy weight Bulldog wrestler, Jerod Coniff said. "I hope we keep it up all season."
Coniff had his man pinned, Mayes from Elizabeth, in 1:28 in the 275 weight class.
"It feels good!" Coniff said. "The way I wanted it to go short and sweet."
"We dominated these guys," middle weight, Ty Weber said.
Weber pinned his man, Nye from Elizabeth, in 1:08 in the 145 weight class.
"It could have been faster," Weber said.
"They are the toughest team in the state," Elizabeth Head Coach Dan Carter said of Moffat County. "Two years ago we came up from 3A, and now we know what we need to live up to in 4A competition."
After another clear win, the Bulldogs drove to Granby for the Granby Tournament. Moffat County is ranked No. 1 in the state in 4A and placed first in the tournament with 236 points. Second place was Lamar (3A) with 170.5 points and third place went to Middle Park with 159.5 points.
"We wrestled well," Gutierrez said. "Can't complain. Moffat County's overall record is 42-14 and pins 32-6 we placed 10 of 13, not bad." Gutierrez said.
The Bulldogs had five first place finishers; Hixson, 112, 4 wins-pins, Kostur, 119, 4 wins-pins, Hasting, 125, 4 wins-3 pins, 1 decision, T. Linsacum, 135, 4 wins-3 pins, 1 major decision. Fredrickson, 160, 4 wins-2 pins, 1 T. pin, 1 decision. R.
Overall in the tournament, Linsacum placed second, T. Weber at 145 and Duarte at 160, and Sloan at 215 place third. Lake, 103, placed fourth.
According to coach Gutierrez the team will practice this week on take downs, and will concentrate on some individual work.
The junior varsity will travel to Hayden at 6:00 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 7, for their next match. The varsity's next meet is at the Monarch Tournament, in Louisville, Friday , Dec. 8.