MCHS wrestlers focusing on four duals


After piling up four consecutive team titles the Warrior Classic, Las Vegas tournament, Dog Fight Dual tournament and Rifle tournament the Moffat County High School (MCHS) varsity wrestling team will focus on four duals in three days.

The stretch begins at 5 p.m. Thursday in Craig when the Bulldogs tangle with the Union Cougars from Roosevelt, Utah, and the Rifle Bears.

The Bulldogs will start with Rifle and the junior varsity team will be on the other mat followed by a dual with the Cougars.

"I don't know a thing about Union," said Bulldogs coach Roman Gutierrez. "We will just go out and wrestle.

Rifle has a few good kids, but they are kind of young right now."

At 5:30 p.m. Friday, the Bulldogs will wrestle the Meeker Cowboys.

"Meeker has a couple of good kids here and there," said Gutierrez. "They are also fairly young."

The team will finish the weekend at 1 p.m. Saturday in Craig when the Delta Panthers come to town.

"We just want to use this weekend to tune them up," said Gutierrez. "Next week we only have a dual with Steamboat Springs and they only have seven kids."

With two weeks left in the regular season the varsity team is sporting impressive records with senior Kurtis Kostur at 140 pounds leading the way undefeated at 28-0. Of his 28 victories 21 have been by pin.

"It was a pretty good weekend in Rifle," said Kostur, was named the most outstanding wrestler in the Warrior Classic, Las Vegas tournament and Rifle tournament. "We saw some tougher kids down there. There was a good amount of wrestlers from the region that were there.

Duals are all right. It gives us a break from the tournament environment which will help us get ready for regionals."

Other varsity wrestlers are sophomore Mark Hastings (28-3) at 112 pounds; sophomore Kyle Kostur (26-4) at 119 pounds; sophomore Travis Linsacum (26-5) at 125 pounds; sophomore Ryan Linsacum (28-3) at 130 pounds; freshman Ty Weber (11-5) at 135 pounds; sophomore Cody Fredrickson (15-5) at 145 pounds; senior Jeremiah Noland (27-3) at 152 pounds; senior Coalin Hume (23-4) at 160 pounds; senior Curtis McCoy (8-15) at 171 pounds; senior Kevin Field (16-10) at 189 pounds; freshman Cliff Stehle (10-15) at 215 pounds and junior Mike Wooten (3-18) at heavyweight.

"Health-wise we are in pretty good shape except for Coalin (Hume) rolling his ankle down at the Rifle tournament," said Gutierrez. "He is the only minor injury that we have on the team right now."

The junior varsity team goes into the dual with Rifle and Union fresh off a first place finish among 10 teams at a junior varsity tournament in Grand Junction.

"We ended up with seven in the finals and two of those were champions," said junior varsity coach Don Guffy.

The two champions were senior Greg Hixson at 160 pounds and senior Chris Herod at 152 pounds.

"It's nice to be home on Thursday, but then we are back on the road again," said Guffy. "After the dual Thursday we will be in Meeker on Friday.

Then in Grand Junction Saturday."

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