Setting the tone

Moffat County Bulldog wrestlers ready to hit the mat


Standing in the hallway outside of the wrestling room, coach Roman Gutierrez said his wrestlers were ready.

A new season is upon the Moffat County Bulldog wrestlers and with no titles on the line yet, Gutierrez is excited to see where things fall during Moffat County High School's first home dual Friday against the Broomfield Eagles. Starting time is yet to be announced.

"I think the guys are looking forward to getting out of practice and to quit beating on each other," Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said they are ready to compete and get a peek at where they stand.

The Eagles have seen success during the years, including a third-place finish at the 2006 Class 4A state wrestling tournament. With Broomfield senior David Marone recently signing to wrestle with NCAA Division I Virginia Tech, the Bulldogs should have their hands full Friday afternoon.

Along with Marone, who wrestles at 215 pounds, the Eagles have state runner-ups in Gabe Gomez, at 103 pounds, and Cory Casady, at 119 pounds.

"The coaches and kids are excited to find out where we have to go between now and Christmas and where we have to go after Christmas," Gutierrez said.

Along with Broomfield, the Bulldogs also travel to Fruita on Saturday for a dual against the Wildcats.

Fruita has state third-place finisher Joe Meinhart returning at 145 pounds, and a core of other team members who just missed the state cut last season.

Bulldog senior Jake Breslin said he wants to see his team win both duals this weekend, not only to help set the tone for the season, but to see where the team stacks up against one of the state's top teams.

Breslin can potentially wrestle five matches this weekend. But win or lose, he hopes it helps build confidence.

"If we beat Broomfield, it will be a big confidence boost for us," Breslin said. "And it will help tell us where we are at in the state."

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