'Dogs take lead after first round of state

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DENVER -- Korey Kostur left the mat frustrated after dominating his match. Not something one regularly sees from a wrestler who earned a 17-0 win.

"I need to pin to help the team," he said. "It was frustrating because I had him on his back so much of the match."

Five Moffat County High School wrestlers met Kostur's goal of pinning in the first round of the Class 4A state championships. The ability to stick opponents gave the Bulldogs the lead in the first round. Broomfield had eight wins but not as many pins and the Bulldogs lead 27-24 . Pueblo South is in third with 21.5 points.

Kostur and Jesse Brookshire were unable to get pins, but dominated with tech falls.

"This team race is going to be so close we have to get pins," said Brookshire , who won 19-2. "I had no trouble getting my guy on the mat but he was too strong for me to get him all the way down."

"I thought moving seven on would be a good number," coach Roman Gutierrez said. "We could have had eight, but I'm satisfied with what we did."

Gutierrez would have liked to see junior Eric Fredrickson move on with a win against Fort Morgan's Cody Weitzel. The Mustang took Fredrickson, 6-3, to give his team an important win in the points race.

"Both Fort Morgan and us looked at that match as a toss-up," Gutierrez said. "It was a tough draw for Eric and he really needs to come back tomorrow."

Fredrickson will take on a crowd favorite, Marcus Hernandez of Pueblo South, who is legally blind, in his first match today.

The loss for Fredrickson was the only "toss-up" match the Bulldogs lost on the night.

Going into the tournament Gutierrez mentioned he though sophomore Steven Englert and senior Deric Dill would have close first-round matches.

Englert pulled Chris Saykally off of his back in the first period and pinned him.

Dill was trailing Pueblo South's Teddy Garcia, 4-2, in the third period. With less than a minute remaining, Dill threw a patented Moffat County move invented by 2002 state champion Kyle Kostur for a pin.

"Deric's pin was probably our biggest win," Brookshire said. "I went into the tunnel when he was trailing and thought he had lost. I didn't find out he had won until later and it was pretty sweet."

Junior Brent Chamberlain gave himself a scare early in his match against Steven McDougall of Ranum.

"I slipped off a move and he caught me," he said. "It shocked me a bit when he got me on my back but it wasn't very tight and I could get out."

Chamberlain did get out and pinned McDougall with 1 minutes, 29 seconds gone in the first period.

Other winners for Moffat County were Kaleb Brown and Scott Garoutte, who pinned their opponents in the first period.

"We're right in there," Gutierrez said. "We need the guys who lost to come back and get us some wins tomorrow."

Bulldogs unable to move on into the winner bracket were Levi Weber, Shane Zimmerman and Jody Moncrief.

The quarterfinals started today at 1 p.m. and the consolation rounds will start immediately after.

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