Wrestlers cook competition at camp

If Kyle Fredrickson didn't know what it was like to wrestle in a big-pressure situation before, he's now had his chance.

"Big Fred," as his teammates call him, is the heavyweight wrestler for the Moffat County High School team. At the Rocky Mountain Wrestling Camp Gunnison this past Saturday through Monday, heavyweights were the last to wrestle in every dual. If a match was close, they were the deciding factor.

"Big Fred came through for us every time," said Moffat County High School wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez. "We had five matches where we needed a win from him to take the dual and he didn't disappoint."

Fredrickson, a senior next year, was one of three wrestlers to go undefeated for the Bulldogs in 16 duals. Other seniors-to-be, Eric Fredrickson and Scott Garoutte, also had zeros in the loss column.

"Those are the guys you expect to be the leaders," Gutierrez said. "They did their job."

Moffat County won all 16 duals including a 34-27 win against Arapahoe Black in the championship dual.

"There were some quality teams there," Gutierrez said. "It is a testament to our program that we continue to have strong showings."

At the camp hosted by Western State College teams spent Saturday through Monday dueling each other. In between duals, there were technique and coaches clinics.

The Bulldogs were back in action for the first time since having their consecutive state-title streak stopped at three by Pueblo South. Gutierrez said the team that will try to earn the title back next year was nearly set after the camp.

"I think the kids who came and wrestled in the 14 classes for us know they are pretty much the team next year," he said. "We saw some good things from everybody."

Gutierrez mentioned three underclassmen specifically: Brice Boling, Levi Weber and Jake Breslin -- all sophomores next year.

"I'm not sure if those guys won more than one or two matches between all of them last year," he said. "They won a majority of their matches this time."

In the team competition close duals for the Bulldogs came against Moon Valley, Ariz. (36-31), Brush (36-30), Eaglecrest (33-29) and Palisade (42-34).

"Palisade had a tough little team," Gutierrez said. "Broomfield (48-24) didn't have a couple of guys because of ACTs or it might have been closer."

Other top wrestlers for the Bulldogs were junior-to-be Korey Kostur and senior-to-be Brent Chamberlain. Kostur lost once and Chamberlain took three losses.

Overall Gutierrez said he liked what he saw and said that he encouraged his athletes to hit the weights.

"We need some more strength," he said. "We usually win matches because of our technique, but strength makes those moves easier."

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