Headed in the right direction


Coach Roman Gutierrez has a game plan for the wrestling season. Stick to it.

Not wanting to stray too far from the plan he hasn't revealed, Gutierrez said he and the team are looking to make progressive corrections throughout the year.

"You can't correct things all in one week," Gutierrez said, "just little by little as we go along."

The corrections Gutierrez is referring to are the adjustments his wrestlers need to make by season's end to have a chance at making the state tournament.

"We haven't really changed the whole practice," Gutierrez said. "We've addressed the kids, and they know what they need to do."

Moffat County had its first two tests last week, wrestling against No. 3 ranked Broomfield on Friday and traveling to Fruita on Saturday.

At 6 p.m. today, the Bulldogs face off against 40-mile foe Steamboat Springs.

Senior Chris McAlexander is expecting to see some changes to the Steamboat program from past years.

"They have a new coach this year," McAlexander said.

On Friday, Moffat County travels to Roosevelt, Utah, for the Friday Night Brawls that begin at 1 p.m. at Union High School.

At the duals, Moffat County will face Bear River, Dixie, Northridge, Morgan and Union high schools.

At last year's duals, Moffat County lost twice, to Bear River and Northridge, and went 3-2 overall.

Gutierrez said having multiple schools at duals is always a benefit to the wrestlers, even though they may get tired. He said unlike tournaments, which can be single elimination, duals give the wrestlers a chance to face many opponents.

"It gets guys more mat time," Gutierrez said. "And that's what we're looking for."

Currently Gutierrez said that the team is making steps in the right direction -- toward regionals and state.

"There's more intensity in the room," Gutierrez said. "And the kids are wrestling with positive attitudes, and that's what makes you win on weekends."

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