MCHS wrestlers kick off season in Las Vegas

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Las Vegas -- Shayne Zimmerman has heard the stories of the Las Vegas trip from the wrestlers in his family for several years. Now he, along with five other Moffat County High School wrestlers, get to create their own Vegas trip stories for the first time.

"I've heard everybody talk about it," the junior said. "It will be nice to actually be on the mat here myself."

Junior Kyle Fredrickson is also making the trip for the first time but wasn't too impressed the first night in the big city.

"So far I think the city is overrated," he said. "But I'm excited to get the season started and go after it."

The other first time wrestlers are freshman Levi Weber, junior Dale Owens and senior Jesse Brookshire.

The Green Valley Duals is the season opening tournament for the Bulldogs. This is the eighth consecutive trip to Nevada for Moffat County. It is the second year the blue and white have participated in the Green Valley Duals. The Bulldog grappler was the traditional tournament for Moffat County to attend but coach Roman Gutierrez wasn't sure the tournament was going to be hled this year so he scheduled another tournament. Two years ago the Bulldogs came to the Green Valley Duals and lost a dual for the first time in six years to Temecula Valley, Cali.

"If the brackets are right we will face (Temecula) Friday," coach Roman Gutierrez said. "It will be good to have a big test right away."

Sophomore Korey Kostur is looking forward to a test.

"I really hope I'll find some competition," the sophomore said. "Last year was a good tournament for me here."

In the finals of the Bulldog Grappler last year Kostur stuck returning Nevada state champion, Angelo Antuna of Centennial High School. With the win he went undefeated in the tournament.

Senior Kaleb Brown and junior Scott Garoutte also went undefeated in the Bulldog Grappler last year.

Generally Moffat County is half way through the season before it makes the trip west.

"It seems like we always get sick after this trip," Gutierrez said. "So maybe we'll get it over with early in the season."

Teams in the tournament will be from Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado. Moffat County will not be the only Colorado team as Montrose is in the same bracket.

"They're a team in our region so it will be good to see them this early," junior Brent Chamberlain said. "I think we're all anxious to get started."

The Bulldogs will start the tournament with three duals today and then have three more Saturday. Wrestling starts today at 4:30 p.m. Pacific time.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com

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