The Moffat County High School boys wrestling team traveled to Monarch for two days of wrestling. The Bulldogs placed second in the tournament with an 8-1 record. The 'Dogs wrestled Pomona for first place, but got nudged out 41-36.
"Their kids were equally tough as our kids," Head Coach Roman Gutierrez said. "Pomona has outstanding individuals and they were aggressive kids. We were in and out of it and just fell short."
The wrestling team had done well in the previous eight matches. They defeated Columbine 64-18, Lyons 64-18, Thunder Ridge 57-15, Thompson Valley 37-31, Thomas Jefferson 77-6, Monarch 76-6, Grandview 68-9 and Dakota Ridge 65-15 before losing to Pomona.
The Moffat County Matman had an exciting match against Thompson Valley.
"We wrestled a good team," Gutierrez said. "It could have gone either way. They tied Pomona. They have a good and sound team, and should do well in state. And they are well coached."
The Bulldogs won the match 41-36.
"Overall I thought we did well," Gutierrez said. "With nine matches the kids had good improvement. We had big gains, we're in good condition and we came out healthy without any hand or shoulder injuries."
"It's good to wrestle these types of kids because we only get better," he added.