Winning is a good thing, but for coach Roman Gutierrez and several of his more experienced Moffat County High School wrestlers, wins sometime come too easily.
The Bulldogs racked up 46 wins to six losses in a four-duel tournament in Rock Springs, Wyo., Saturday.
"It was a good weekend for our less-experienced wrestlers," Gutierrez said. "They built some confidence with more mat time, but for some of our more experienced wrestlers, it wasn't much of a challenge."
One missing ingredient from the weekend that may have made for a more challenging battle was Vernal, Utah's varsity team. Vernal, a traditional powerhouse in Utah wrestling, split its squad and sent more of its talented wrestlers to a tournament in its home state.
Bulldog wrestlers who went undefeated Saturday were sophomore Eric Fredrickson, (112), junior Derek Dill, (119), freshman Korey Kostur, (125), senior Ty Grandbouche, (145), senior Ty Weber, (152), senior Brandon Duarte, (171) and junior Brent Chamberlain, (189).
The scores in the four duels were: MCHS, 78Vernal, 6, MCHS, 66Ogden, Utah, 16, MCHS, 63Kemmer Wyo., 9 and MCHS, 62 Rawlins, Wyo., 9.
The Bulldogs picked up 46 wins with 33 pins. With eight wins by forfeit, the Bulldogs pinned 87 percent of their opponents. Fredrickson recorded the most pins on the weekend with four, and Weber was named outstanding wrestler for the second time in as many weekends.
"We're on a roll right now and things are going well," Gutierrez said. "That's a good thing going into the Warrior Classic."
"The Warrior," as the wrestlers call it, takes place Friday and Saturday, and no MCHS wrestler will go unchallenged.
"Once you get into the medal matches at the classic, there are some very good wrestlers," Gutierrez said. "There's no question we'll find out where we are as a team this weekend."
The Bulldogs have won the 32-team tournament the last two years, but with a talented team from Oregon coming, scores of Colorado talent and a younger, less experienced Bulldog team, the coach is anxious to see what will happen this year.
"The talent is a lot more spread out in the state than it was last year," he said. "We'll get to see a lot of the teams we want to face at 'The Warrior.'"
The first big tournament of the season for the Bulldogs will bring few changes to the weight classes except for senior Trevor Sloan, who is slated to move up into the heavyweight class.
"For most teams this is a chance to see if they want to move kids up or down a weight class before the homestretch to state starts," Gutierrez said. "I think we're pretty much set. It is just a great gauge to see where we are really at and it's a fun tournament for the spectators as well."