Moffat wrestlers sitting in first

After the first two rounds of the 28th annual Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, the Moffat County High School wrestlers found themselves sitting in first place.

The team scored 70 points Friday, followed by Chaparral with 68, Uintah, Utah, with 67 1/2 and Grand Junction Central with 66.

But to come away with a fifth Warrior title in six years, coach Roman Gutierrez said his team "would have to totally wrestle above their heads."

The 32-team invitational tournament began at 10 a.m. at Grand Junction's Central High School and concludes with the finals tonight at 7.

Gutierrez said he was pleased with the continued progress of his young team, which includes several sophomores.

"The kids are not wrestling too bad -- a little better than I expected," Gutierrez said Friday. "If we place in the top 10, I feel comfortable with how young we are."

Five Moffat County wrestler remained undefeated Friday: Eric Fredrickson at 130 pounds; Daniel Cramblett, 135; Korey Kostur, 140; Scott Garoutte, 215; and heavyweight Kyle Fredrickson.

The 215-pound bracket includes two returning state champions -- Dexter Davis of Thunderbird (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Garoutte. Garoutte won the Class 4A 215-pound state title last year. Another 215-pounder Tyler Ryan of Fruita Monument lost in the 5A state title match last year.

Bulldog wrestlers who split their first two matches include Bryce Bowling, 103; Jake Breslin, 112; Cody Norman, 145; Trenton Duarte, 152; Shayne Zimmerman, 160; and Brent Chamberlin, 171.

Pueblo South, last year's 4A state champs, still has eight undefeated wrestlers in the tournament, Gutierrez said.

"They could blow things open tomorrow," he said.

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