Reversals put 'Dogs on their backs

Reversals were the end of Moffat County Thursday night.

Two of the Bulldogs' regional champions, Eric Fredrickson and Kyle Fredrickson, were upset in the first round of the 2005 Colorado State Wrestling Championships. Both of them gave up reversals in the third period for the loss.

A nearly speechless Roman Gutierrez was visibly frustrated after two of his top wrestlers went down.

"We had no focus," he said. "No concentration."

The Bulldogs finished 3-6 the first day. As expected, junior Korey Kostur, 140, and senior Scott Garoutte, 215, won their first round matches. Kostur defeated Sand Creek's Leif Olson, 18-7. Garoutte won quickly by pinning Skyview's Edger Gallegos 39 seconds into the match.

The only pleasant surprise for the Bulldogs was junior Daniel Cramblett's 9-7 defeat of Thompson Valley's Robbie Ververs.

"I was nervous and shaky, but it was awesome," Cramblett said. "I was struggling at the end, but I grabbed on and held on."

Four of the Bulldogs who lost scored first in their matches.

Brice Boling, Brent Chamberlain and both Fredricksons led early.

Boling, 103, was pinned in the second by Broomfield's Cory Casady. Chamberlain, 171, could not hold onto his lead in a 3-10 loss to Broomfield's Vinny Marone.

Eric Fredrickson trailed throughout his match until the third period. He took a 7-5 lead but Cheyenne Mountain's Austin Stubaus reversed him and put him to his back.

Kyle Fredrickson led 3-0 in the second period, but a reversal with four seconds remaining put Mesa Ridge's Marcus Spencer back in the match. Spencer earned another reversal and back points in the third for a 7-5 win.

Senior Shayne Zimmerman wrestled second-ranked Vinny Vigil of Widefield close through two periods, but he was pinned with one second left in the second period of the 160-pound match.

Sophomore Chris McAlexander was welcomed to state by Pueblo South's J.R. Roman. The Colt pinned McAlexander in 1:57.

"There's not much left we can do," Gutierrez said. "Six in wrestle backs is not good."

Cramblett, Kostur and Garoutte will all wrestle in the quarterfinals today. Cramblett will face Mike Giles of Cañon City, who upset regional champion Zac Urein of Sterling, 13-5. Kostur is slated to wrestle Lance Mijares of Northridge. Mijares pinned Brandon Martz of Liberty at 3:01 into the match.

Garoutte will see Alamosa's David Gurule, who defeated Liberty's Houston Stanbrough, 15-12.

With three wins and only one pin, the Bulldogs were in 15th place after the first round. Pueblo South was leading the tournament with 30.5 points. Alamosa was second with 18.5, and Broomfield was third with 18.

Wrestling begins at 1 p.m. today for 4A and 5A. If the Bulldogs hope to redeem themselves, they will have a lot of wrestling through the backdoor today and Saturday.

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