By ELWOOD K. SHELTON
Daily Press writer
Big wheels keep on rolling.
That was the theme for the Bulldogs' wrestlers this weekend as they kept their winning steak rolling with a dual meet win Friday night, and their first season tournament win Saturday.
The Bulldogs wrestled a home dual meet Friday night against Elizabeth High School, and won in typical Bulldogs fashion. The dual saw only one Bulldog fall, junior Trevor Sloan, who lost by decision.
The Bulldogs won Friday night by a score of 77-3.
With the dual win, the Bulldogs add 10 more pins to their season total.
"Elizabeth caught us a little off-guard with Sloan," coach Roman Gutierrez said. "But overall, the guys performed the way they should have Friday night."
The Bulldogs won their first tournament Saturday at Middle Park, compiling a team score of 280 points 100 points better than any other team. Torrington High School from Wyoming was the runner-up at Middle Park, posting a score of 181 points.
By the end of the tournament, the Bulldogs had 32 pins, and had placed all but two of their wrestlers in a the top-four positions.
Seniors Mark Hastings, Kyle Kostur, Ryan Linsacum and Cody Fredrickson and juniors Ty Weber and Trevor Sloan and sophomore Deric Dill all walked away with first-place finishes.
The only two Bulldogs who didn't place at the tournament were junior Ryan Hampton and freshman Brent Chamberlin.
"Each meet we wrestle we get better," Gutierrez said. "We've set the tone early in the season and have progressively got better with every match we've wrestled."
While Gutierrez is pleased with the early-season tone his wrestlers have set, he knows there are bigger fish to fry as the season progresses.
"We still haven't been tested as a team," he said. "We'll face even bigger wrestling programs as the season goes on.
"When we face teams like Pomona, that's when we'll be tested."