The Bulldogs wrestlers walked into Vegas and broke the bank, winning seven individual championships and sweeping the team title.
Seeing their first action since Dec. 18, the Moffat County High School (MCHS) varsity wrestling team ruled the mats and came up with its second straight team title Saturday at the Grappler Invitational in Las Vegas, Nev.
Sophomore Kyle Kostur was named most outstanding wrestler of the tournament in the lower weights. Kostur claimed the title at 119 pounds with a 6-0 record over the two-day tournament.
"I think that it was a pretty fun tournament and it wasn't at all difficult," said Kyle Kostur. "The team did pretty good, I thought, during the tournament."
Senior Kurtis Kostur was not to be outdone by his younger brother as he was named the most oustanding wrestler of the tournament in the upper weights. Kostur brought home the title at 140 pounds with a 6-0 record.
"The competition down there wasn't all that tough. There were some individuals that were strong," said Kurtis Kostur. "It was pretty much of a fun tournament and we showed Nevada what we had. Everybody on the team is wrestling tough right now."
"In one match Kurtis had 14 takedowns and for the whole tournament he finished with 29 takedowns. He is just on a mission where he wants to go," said Gutierrez. "Kyle had a real good tournament and he pinned all six kids. He just had another outstanding performance and so did all of the young kids on the team."
Other individual champions for the Bulldogs were from sophomore Mark Hastings (6-0) at 112 pounds; sophomore Travis Linsacum (6-0) at 125 pounds; sophomore Ryan Linsacum (6-0) at 130 pounds; sophomore Cody Fredrickson (6-0) at 135 pounds; senior Jeremiah Noland (6-0) at 145 pounds.
The Bulldogs finished ahead of the 10-team field with 145.5 points. Olympus, Utah, finished a distant second place with 106 points and Cheyenne (Las Vegas) finished in third place with 63 points.
"The kids just wrestled really well and we had some outstanding performances," said Bulldogs coach Roman Gutierrez.
In the dual portion of the tournament, Moffat County downed Cedar City, Utah, 46-26. The Bulldogs then overpowered Cheyenne, 61-12. On Saturday MCHS dominated Etiwanda, Calif., 56-15, and the Bulldogs finished the duals with a, 69-12, whipping of Clark, Nev.
"The very first dual that we had against Cedar City was probably our toughest," said Gutierrez. "We just wrestled really well the whole weekend. The rest of the teams didn't have strong teams, but they had some good individuals on them in some of the different weights."
Taking second place for the Bulldogs were sophomore Cory Hixson (5-1) at 112 pounds; junior Jimmy Weber (5-1) at 119 pounds; senior Coalin Hume (5-1) at 160 pounds. Freshman Cliff Stehle (5-1) at 215 pounds finished in third place and senior Chris Herod (3-3) finished fourth at 152 pounds.
Other Bulldogs who competed were freshman Ty Weber (2-2) at 130 pounds; senior Kevin Field (2-2) at 171 pounds; and junior Mike Wooten (1-3) at 275 pounds.
The junior varsity team finished in second place at the Cowboy Junior Invitation tournament Saturday in Meeker.
The Bulldogs finished the day with 120 points. Grand Junction came in first with 133 points and Meeker finished in third place with 71 points.
MCHS came away with five individual titles.
Champions were freshman Ty Grandbouche at 119 pounds; freshman Ryan Hampton at 125 pounds; sophomore Riley Brookshire at 140 pounds; junior Dylan Schopper at 145 pounds and senior Greg Hixson at 152 pounds.
"The kids did a fantastic job, especially not having half of their weights full," said coach Kip Hafey. "That's how we finished in second place with five champions."
The varsity team will next be in action Friday and Saturday when they host their own tournament and the junior varsity team will be at the Rifle Invitational on Saturday.