MCHS wrestlers win again


The Moffat County High School (MCHS) varsity wrestling team worked over the Meeker Cowboys and Delta Panthers during the weekend in preparation for a bid at the regional finals in two weeks.

On Friday in Meeker, the Bulldogs routed the Cowboys, 49-20, and on Saturday in Craig MCHS demolished the Panthers, 64-15.

The Bulldogs are 16-0 in dual matches.

"Delta is just a young team," said Bulldogs coach Roman Gutierrez. "If you look at their lineup they just have a bunch of freshmen and sophomores in their lineup. Things have gone real well for us this season."

In the closest match on Saturday, MCHS sophomore Cody Fredrickson, 17-6, faced Panthers senior Steven Florez, who held a 19-2 record at 145 pounds.

Florez jumped in front of Fredrickson early with a 2-0 lead after one period. In the second period, Fredrickson tied things up by scoring four points while Florez scored two to make it 4-4. The wrestlers were deadlocked in the third period, with neither scoring and forcing a sudden- death overtime period.

Twenty seconds into the overtime period, Florez scored two points to edge Fredrickson, 6-4.

"The Florez kid is a good kid," said Gutierrez. "He only lost a couple of matches this year and he won the Warrior Classic. I feel that we have a real good kid with Cody wrestling him. It will come for Cody and we will be a little bit more prepared for him at the regional tournament."

Bulldogs who went 2-0 on the weekend were sophomore Mark Hastings at 112 pounds; sophomore Kyle Kostur at 119 pounds; sophomore Travis Linsacum at 125 pounds; freshman Ty Weber at 135 pounds; senior Kurtis Kostur at 140 pounds; senior Jeremiah Noland at 152 pounds; senior Curtis McCoy at 189 pounds and freshman Cliff Stehle at 215 pounds.

Other MCHS wrestlers were sophomore Ryan Linsacum at 130 pounds (1-1); senior Coalin Hume (1-1) at 160 pounds; senior Kevin Field (1-1) at 171 pounds; junior Mike Wooten (1-1) at heavyweight and Fredrickson (0-2) at 145 pounds.

"I thought that we did really well as team this weekend," said Noland. "Delta has a lot of underclassmen. On Friday night, the Meeker dual wasn't all that tough and we did all right."

The Bulldogs will finish out the regular season on the road at 6 p.m. Friday against the Steamboat Springs Sailors.

"We finish up with Steamboat Springs and if we finish the season with a perfect dual record that will be outstanding," said Gutierrez.

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