MCHS wrestlers win Rifle invitational


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Four wrestlers earned individual titles and the Moffat County High School (MCHS) varsity wrestling team earned the team title Saturday at the Rifle Invitational. Its fifth team title of the season.

Senior Kurtis Kostur paved the way for his team by bringing home the 140-pound weight class. Kostur was named most outstanding wrestler of the tournament in the lower weights.

"Kurtis is just wrestling right now like he is on a mission," said Bulldogs coach Roman Gutierrez. "The award that he won is voted on by the other coaches that were at the tournament."

Other first-place finishers were sophomore Travis Linsacum at 125 pounds; sophomore Ryan Linsacum at 130 pounds and senior Jeremiah Noland at 152 pounds.

Second-place finishes went to freshman Ty Weber at 135 pounds; sophomore Cody Fredrickson at 145 pounds and senior Coalin Hume at 160 pounds.

The team had three third-place finishers in sophomore Mark Hastings at 112 pounds; sophomore Kyle Kostur at 119 pounds and senior Kevin Field at 189 pounds.

"We did OK at the tournament," said Gutierrez. "We wrestled tired.

The practices that we are having are taking a toll on the kids' performances.

Our main goal right now is to get them in the best shape possible."

In the team standings, the Bulldogs finished with 183.5 points.

Grand Junction Central was second with 144.5 points and Pueblo Centennial came in third with 132.5 points.

"Five of the top 10 teams in our division (Class 4A) were at the tournament," said Gutierrez. "Grand Junction Central made a little noise at the tournament."

On Friday, MCHS wrestled Pueblo Centennial in Rifle and won going away, 55-24, and also beat Montrose, 48-26.

"Montrose was a little short-handed for the dual," said Gutierrez.

"The kids wrestled well on Friday night."

The Bulldogs return to the mat at 5 p.m. Thursday in Craig against Rifle and Union High School from Roosevelt, Utah.

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