Sickness and an injury made it necessary for the Moffat County High School wrestling team to change things up a bit in Rock Springs, Wyo., but the results were no different.
"There weren't really any tough teams as a whole, but there were some tough individuals," coach Roman Gutierrez said. "We had some guys move up and those classes had a couple of challenging matches."
The Bulldogs wrestled without an 189-pounder but had no trouble sweeping its four duals with a 54-20 win against Ogden, Utah, a 68-10 win against Vernal, Utah's JV team, a 75-6 against Kremmer, Wyo. and a 51-17 win against Rock Springs.
Sophomore Daniel Cramblet had his first chance at varsity action in the duals with the Bulldogs missing two varsity wrestlers in the middleweights. Senior Charlie Martinez (160) was sick and junior Dale Owens (152) was injured so everyone from 130 lbs. moved up a weight class giving Cramblet a shot at 130s. The wrestlers moving up were senior Jesse Brookshire to 135, sophomore Korey Kostur to 140, senior Kaleb Brown at 145 and senior Jason Mosher at 152. In addition, junior Shayne Zimmerman moved down from 171 to 160 and junior Brent Chamberlain wrestled down at 171.
Freshman Levi Weber (103) won two matches by forfeit and two matches the old fashioned way with a 17-10 decision and a 12-7 decision.
Senior Adam Evans (112) returned to action in Rock Springs with two wins by forfeit, a win by pin against his Vernal opponent and a loss to his opponent from Ogden.
Junior Eric Fredrickson (119) led the team and the tournament in pins with four shoulder-sticking wins.
Senior Deric Dill (125) suffered his first loss of the year in his opening match for the weekend with a 0-15 working by his Ogden opponent. Dill didn't have matches the rest of the day.
Cramblet went undefeated on the weekend including a pin in the second period when he was trailing his opponent from Rock Springs.
"Those are things we expect to see from a wrestler getting a chance to move up," Gutierrez said. "Daniel had a good weekend for us."
Brookshire, Kostur and Brown ran into the meat of the Rock Springs' line up as they all suffered losses. For Brookshire and Kostur, the losses were their first of the season, which may have been a result of moving up a class.
Jason Mosher was one of five undefeated wrestlers for the weekend. Wrestling at 152, he was unable to get a pin in his three matches, but the wins didn't elude him.
"You could tell Jason was tired from taking on those bigger guys," Gutierrez said. "But he did what he had to for the wins."
Zimmerman went 3-1 in the lighter weight class then what he wrestled at in Las Vegas the previous weekend.
Junior Brent Chamberlain was the only Moffat County wrestler to lose more matches than he won as he went 1-2 on the mat. He also won by forfeit.
The 215-weight class has been an area of domination for junior Scott Garoutte as he pinned all three opponents he wrestled.
Heavyweight Kyle Fredrickson earned three pins and took an 8-11 loss in his opening match.
In the JV tournament, freshman Trenton Duarte took home a trophy for the most pins.
Next up for the Bulldogs is the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, a showcase for some of the top wrestlers in the mountain states. It is also a tournament the Bulldogs have won for last four years.
"There are some tough teams who will be there to try to break the streak," Gutierrez said. "We need to get over some sickness and it will be interesting."
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