In a 61-12 domination of Union High School, the fiercest competition for the Moffat County High School wrestling team may not have been in a head-to-head match.
Junior Eric Fredrickson (119-pound class) and sophomore Korey Kostur (135) are leading the team in takedowns and Thursday night it was clear there's a competition between the two to see who get the most.
Kostur wrestled first with the dual starting at the 125 class. Kostur earned a technical fall in the third period. He allowed his opponent up three times after takedowns and outscored him 18-3.
Fredrickson was the last wrestler for the Bulldogs and by that time his team was up by more than 40 points. That allowed the junior to go after takedowns. He earned five takedowns in each of the first two periods and finished off the match with two more in a 25-10 technical fall.
"I'm up by two now overall," Fredrickson said with a grin.
Aside from the side bets, the Bulldogs took care of the team from Utah that they were expected to beat. Four spots on the team were filled by wrestlers who had, at most, two weeks of varsity wrestling experience. Freshman Trenton Duarte (140) earned a bye, seniors Jody Moncrief (189) and Devin Duncan (112) as well as freshman Nick Navratil (160) lost their matches.
"You could tell who the less experienced wrestlers were," said senior Jesse Brookshire (130). "I was about the only one with experience who looked rusty out there."
Brookshire lost his spot on varsity in a wrestle-off the week before and found himself at a junior varsity tournament while the varsity was at the Palisade tournament.
"That wrestle-off is still in my head a bit," he said. "I've got to get it cleared before regionals."
Brookshire, Kostur and Fredrickson were the only Bulldogs who didn't win by pin. Deric Dill (125), Kaleb Brown (145), Shane Zimmerman (152), Brent Chamberlain (171), Scott Garoutte (215), Kyle Fredrickson (275) and Levi Weber (103) all finished their matches with their opponents on their backs.
"I was pleased with the way the guys we expected to win wrestled," said coach Roman Gutierrez. "You can see some fatigue because we're practicing hard, but almost all of the guys got it done tonight."
The Bulldog grapplers are off to the Rifle Tournament Saturday.
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