Bad Dawgs off to state tournament

Twelve members of the Bad Dawg wrestling club will be competing in the Colorado State Youth Championship.

"National or state tournaments are mainly what the Bad Dawgs are about," said coach John Mann. "That is the level we compete at and are challenged at."

The elite youth wrestlers from Craig will be competing for medals and trophies at the tournament in Castle Rock. Usually, 17-20 wrestlers travel for a tournament, but Mann said there were several conflicts this weekend.

In the last three years, the Bad Dawgs have brought home several top finishes from the youth championship.

"It's rare for us to not finish in the top 10," Mann said. "We should have six guys in the top four."

While the Bad Dawgs may be out-numbered by most teams at the tournament, Mann said his team could still challenge for a top-three team finish.

"We won't get any good seeds because we don't compete on the Front Range," Mann said. "But that makes it so we can get the hard ones out of the way early."

After the state tournament the Bad Dawgs will join the Southwestern League in Grand Junction. Those tournaments will take up most of February. The Pee Wee program will also be having duals on Friday nights starting Feb. 13.

After the Southwestern League, the Bad Dawgs will host their own tournament Feb. 28.

Two more national tournaments will finish up the Bad Dawgs season with the Rocky Mountain Nationals Mar. 20-21 and then the AAU Regional tournament will follow the next weekend.

The Craig club will help host the AAU tournament at Mesa State College in Grand Junction.

"It says something for our group when we're asked to help host a national tournament," Mann said. "We're ecstatic to be a part of that."

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

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