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Bulldog wrestlers score wins during Warrior Classic

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GRAND JUNCTION -- The first two rounds of the Warrior Classic were restful for Moffat County seniors Jake Breslin and Trenton Duarte.

Breslin, 125 pounds, had a first round bye and then earned a pin in 58 seconds in his second match. Duarte, 171, also had a first round bye and then pinned in 25 seconds in the second round.

"I didn't think it would be as easy as it was because it's the Warrior," Duarte said. "But I pinned the kid I had to wrestle in the third period last week. I knew what he had."

Breslin's only setback of the night was a stray finger.

"I got poked in the eye and gave up a takedown," he said. "Other than that it was a quick night."

Duarte and Breslin joined fellow seniors Brice Boling, 119, Levi Weber, 145, and Nick Navratil, 189, as the only Bulldogs to start the first day undefeated.

The seniors earned 10 of the team's 14 wins during the first two rounds. The rest of Moffat's team struggled in the prestigious early-season tournament that includes wrestlers from five states.

"We had a couple of guys I expected to score for us not do it," coach Roman Gutierrez said. "We have matches we should be winning and we aren't. The mental approach needs some work."

One wrestler who Gutierrez expected to score but didn't was 112-pound junior Cory Vigil. Vigil lost two close matches 11-7, 3-1, to earn an early exit. He came into the tournament 10-1. Vigil was one of the wrestlers who had the stomach flu this week.

"You can tell some of the guys are coming down with something," Gutierrez said. "I don't think we can use that as an excuse though."

Three of the Bulldog wrestlers that did not make it past Friday were wrestling in their first Warrior Classic.

"We've had too many tournaments this year to make the excuse of nerves," Gutierrez said. "But I think a couple of them were trying too hard."

After two championship bracket rounds and two consolation bracket rounds Friday, the Bulldogs have eight wrestlers still in the tournament today.

In addition to the undefeated quintet, juniors Matt Kincheloe, 130, and Josh Satterwhite, 215, and sophomore David Hickson, 275, advanced to Saturday with wins in the consolation bracket Friday night.

"I really didn't expect Hickson and Satterwhite to get past Friday so I guess things evened out," Gutierrez said.

Satterwhite and Kincheloe battled through three rounds in their final consolation match. Satterwhite earned a takedown with four seconds remaining in the third period against Chapparal's John Cruz. He moved on with a 3-1 win.

Kincheloe led early against Meeker's Aaron Piper. But in the second period Piper nearly pinned Kincheloe three times. The Moffat grappler fought through the near-pins and flipped Piper in the third period for a pin.

Last year, the Bulldogs had one placer in the Warrior Classic. This year's five undefeated seniors are one win away from the semifinals and a guaranteed placing in the tournament.

"It's those guys' last Warrior and they're putting in their best effort," Gutierrez said. "I'm hopeful that will continue (Saturday)."

Today's round starts at 9 a.m. with the finals starting at 7 p.m.

Eight Bulldog wrestlers remain in the tournament, which continues today.

103 pounds -- Brandon Maigatter 0-2

112 pounds -- Cory Vigil 0-2

119 pounds -- Brice Boling 2-0

125 pounds -- Jake Breslin 1-0

130 pounds -- Matt Kincheloe 2-1

135 pounds -- Chris McAlexander 1-2

140 pounds -- Drew Turner 1-2

145 pounds -- Levi Weber 2-0

152 pounds -- Jake Bricker 0-2

160 pounds -- Lyle Schaffner 0-2

171 pounds -- Trenton Duarte 1-0

189 pounds -- Nick Navratil 2-0

215 pounds -- Josh Satterwhite 2-1

275 pounds -- David Hickson 2-1

  • wrestlers with two losses are eliminated

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