Grapplers earn conference honors

For the second straight year the Bulldogs varsity wrestling team claimed the Class 4A West Region tournament in Grand Junction, Colo., and in the process claimed 11 all-conference wrestlers.

"Our league consists of Delta, Steamboat Springs, Rifle and us," said Bulldogs coach Roman Gutierrez. "In order to make all-conference you have to finish in first or second to the teams in our league at the regional competition."

Bulldogs that earned the award were sophomore Mark Hastings (38-4) at 112 pounds; sophomore Kyle Kostur (35-7) at 119 pounds; sophomore Travis Linsacum (38-6) at 125 pounds; sophomore Ryan Linsacum (37-5) at 130 pounds; freshman Ty Weber (22-8) at 135 pounds; senior Kurtis Kostur (38-2) at 140 pounds; sophomore Cody Fredrickson (24-9) at 145 pounds; senior Jeremiah Noland (35-3) at 152 pounds; senior Coalin Hume (29-7) at 160 pounds; senior Kevin Field (23-15) at 171 pounds; senior Curtis McCoy (12-18) at 189 pounds.

Freshman Cliff Stehle (15-19) earned honorable mention at 215 pounds.

"The kids really had an outstanding season for as young as we were," said Gutierrez. "They all came together at the right time and they deserved the recognition that they got."

"I think that it is great that we have 11 all-conference wrestlers," said Kurtis Kostur, who made all-conference for the third time and finished in third place at the state tournament. "Our whole team was just outstanding this year and the guys deserve it. We worked hard all year."

A year ago the Bulldogs finished in fourth place at the state tournament and this year MCHS came in third.

"We kind of had it tough at the state tournament this year," said Kurtis Kostur. "Year by year we are improving and hopefully next year they take a couple of steps and they can get that No. 1 under their belt."

"It was fun just being at the state tournament," said Noland, who finished second at state the past two years. "A lot of people don't make it (all-conference) at all and it just keeps improving every time."

Gutierrez will miss seniors Kurtis Kostur, Noland, Hume, Field and McCoy.

"There is no doubt that we are going to miss the seniors on this year's team," said Gutierrez. "Without their leadership we wouldn't have done as well as we did. They helped keep practice going really well and at the meets they just made sure everybody is ready to go."

The future looks bright for the Bulldogs who saw Hastings and Fredrickson finish in second place at the state meet. Ryan Linsacum was fourth. Weber was fifth and Travis Linsacum earned a sixth place finish.

"Next year we will have five returning state placers," said Fredrickson. "We should have a real good team next year and all five sophomores will be back on varsity and we should do real good at state, even better than we did this year."

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