A lot of waiting and wondering came to an end for Jason Mosher last night.
The 135-pound sophomore is a consistent wrestler for the junior varsity team, but was called to action when No. 3 ranked Ryan Linsacum was suspended for disciplinary reasons.
Mosher hit the mats for the first time as a varsity wrestler against the No. 8 ranked Meeker Cowboys.
After a slow start, Mosher won a point with an escape in the second period, paving the way for the rest of the match.
Mosher's maiden voyage ended with a 7-3 decision win.
"I was nervous when I first got out there, and it took me a while to get loosened up," Mosher said. "Once I tied up with him, and escaped in the second it was a lot easier for me."
Mosher was not the lone-Bulldog making it a long night in the saddle for the Cowboys, as Moffat County went on to win the meet 56-12.
The win also improves the Bulldogs duals record to 75-2.
The Bulldogs won 12 of their 14 matches against the Cowboys, with 103-pound freshman Eric Fredrickson and 189-pound senior Cole Musgrave marking the team's only losses.
Both Fredrickson and Musgrave were pinned.
The closest match of the evening came in the 145-pound weight class, when junior Ty Grandbouche rematched with Kylen Sullivan, who beat Grandbouche a week before at the Dogfight Duals.
Grandbouche started out scoring the first points in the match with a take down after the first minute in the first period.
He then escaped in the first five seconds of the second, and escaped one more time at the end of the period, making the score 4-2 heading into the third.
Sullivan escaped after a 30-second scrum in the third, putting him one point behind Grandbouche, but the Bulldog rode out the rest of the match with competent footwork, avoiding a number of take downs.
"There have been some good matches between Sullivan and Grandbouche, since Ty has been beaten by him at other times," coach Roman Gutierrez said. "Ty just stuck to his style and didn't make any bad decisions on the mat tonight."
Gutierrez doesn't hold any qualms for beating up on his alma mater, Meeker High School. To him and the rest of the Bulldogs, it's just more mat time.
The Bulldogs will continue with their streak of duals tonight when they travel to Battle Mountain, and will cap their weekend with the Palisade Tournament on Saturday.
"We'll end up having four forfeits from Battle Mountain, which means a lot of our kids won't get to wrestle," he said. "At Palisade, we'll run into some ranked wrestlers, but it shouldn't be anything we can't handle."