Bulldogs sweep competition at Green Valley Duals

Las Vegas -- The main worry after the first day of the Green Valley Duals for Moffat County High School wrestler Scott Garoutte was that he didn't get enough time on the mat.

"I didn't even work up a sweat," said the 215 pounder. "I'm right around my weight and I wanted to work a little hard to lose some weight today."

Most of the Bulldogs didn't work up a sweat in the opening day of the duals as the blue and white swept El Dorado, Nev., 84-0, in the first dual and took out Durango, Nev., 68-7, in the second dual.

"It looked like Moffat County wrestling tonight," said coach Roman Gutierrez. "I was a little worried we'd show some rust but for the most part we were good in most aspects."

The Bulldogs piled up 16 combined pins in the two competitions. In the first dual against El Dorado that Bulldogs spent a total time of 10 minutes 53 seconds on the mat. Five of those minutes were from senior Derek Dill, who was the only wrestler to not get a pin with a 9-3 win. There were also six forfeits.

Dill said in his first match of the season he felt the rust slowly come off.

"I was nervous and a little rusty so I didn't wrestle well," he said. "But at least it was against an easy opponent so I could make some mistakes."

In the first few weight classes against Durango it looked as if the Bulldogs were going to have another sweep. Durango didn't have any wrestlers in the first two weight classes and then junior Eric Fredrickson, Dill and senior Jesse Brookshire all pinned their opponents in the second period. Sophomore Korey Kostur couldn't stick his opponent but dominated the match 11-3.

"He kept throwing everything off," Kostur said. "He had enough upper-body strength to keep me from doing all that I wanted."

Senior Jason Mosher dominated in all but 10 seconds of his match when he was put on his back in the third period. He got out of the position and won16-6.

Newcomer Dale Owens suffered the team's first loss with a 5-16 set back in the 152-pound weight class.

"Dale is still learning our system," Gutierrez said of the junior transfer. "It will come along for him later in the season."

Senior Charlie Martinez had little trouble with his opponent, pinning him in the second period. In the next match junior Shayne Zimmerman spent the third period trying to push the head down of his opponent so he could turn him on his back. It didn't happen and the Vegas rookie lost a 7-1 decision.

Juniors Brent Chamberlain, Scott Garoutte and Kyle Fredrickson finished out the night with pins for Moffat County.

"You could see that second team had spent some time in the weight room," Gutierrez said. "Our technique made up for what we lacked in the strength area."

The Bulldogs took some time between duals to check out the other competition. As expected Temecula Valley, Calif. and Montrose looked like they were having good days. The tournament today will be seeded by how the teams performed on Friday. The team with the highest differential between points scored and given up will be the top seed. Officially the points were tallied but from the looks of things either Montrose or Moffat County will be the top seed.

"They matched it up pretty easy for us today," Mosher said. "Obviously Saturday we'll face some tougher teams."

The Bulldogs had their first dual at 9 a.m. Pacific time. Check Monday's Craig Daily Press for final results.

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

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