With three state champions graduating from last year's Moffat County High School wrestling squad one might think next year would be a rebuilding year.
But after last week's team performance at the Western State College Wrestling Camp, the Bulldogs showed that next year's team is reloading.
The mat masters simply dominated the other teams attending the camp, going 16-0 in duals, including a 42-24 win over La Junta in the championship.
"For the little amount of mat time the kids have had since the season ended, they wrestled really well," said coach Roman Gutierrez. "Sixteen duals is about half a season during the high school season. We could see the improvement as the week progressed."
At the camp the wrestlers had instruction on Wednesday and the rest of the week to Sunday they competed in dual matches. During the camp MCHS outscored its opponents 973-206.
"Everyone said they were impressed by our aggressiveness," said Gutierrez. "They were surprised by how aggressive our smallest guys were."
Individual honors were also handed out at the camp. According to Gutierrez, after each dual match the coaches met and decided on the best wrestler and at the end of the meet the wrestler with the most top performances was named "Outstanding Wrestler of the Camp." That honor went to Bulldog senior Ty Weber.
Gutierrez said he was encouraged with the outlook of next season: "We were strong all the way to our incoming freshmen. It looks like we could have another good season next year."