Bulldogs win by closest margin of season

Junior Ty Weber will have to wait another year to wrestle the perfect season after Saturday's Palisade Tournament.

The 152-pound Weber was defeated in the waning second of the championship match by Palisade's Brian Bernal in a 4-2 decision.

Weber entered the third period ahead in points 2-1, when in the final 20 seconds of the match Davis tilted him and scored three back points on the defending state champion. The loss is Weber's first of the season, but won't be soon forgotten by the junior.

"I'm trying to look at the positives of the match, there's a lot of pressure lifted off my back by not having to protect a perfect record," he said. "It's still disappointing to lose, I figured I'd be undefeated for longer than I was."

Despite the defending state champions loss, the Bulldogs won the Palisade Tournament, but by the narrowest margin this season. Eighteen points separated Moffat County from Palisade, which is noticeably less than the 60-point plus whippings the Bulldogs have dished out this season.

"In a bigger tournament, I would have expected us to go deeper than we did at Palisade," coach Roman Gutierrez said. "Usually, the tougher the tournament, the tougher we wrestle."

The Bulldogs sustained another unsuspected loss at the tournament when 160-pound senior Cody Fredrickson was pinned 3:42 into his championship match. Fredrickson was beaten by Cody Davis from Palisade.

Gutierrez had to endure watching two of his top wrestlers settle for second place, but he did see some exceptional performances from some of his younger and lighter weights.

Freshman Eric Fredrickson and sophomore Jason Mosher both won their first varsity tournament of their high school careers. Fredrickson won the 103-pound championship in a 14-2 decision, and Mosher (135-pounds) knocked of his opponent in an 8-4 decision.

"These guys wrestled outstandingly," Gutierrez said. "Mosher hung with every opponent, and beat them in the third period. And, Fredrickson is really showing a lot for a freshman."

Junior Trevor Sloan won a grudge match against James Schaefer of Delta, who beat Sloan at the Dec. 14-15 Warrior Classic in Grand Junction.

Sloan beat Schaefer in 5-4 decision.

"It was good to get that guy. He got us at the Warrior, so, it was good to get him back," Gutierrez said.

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