Craig sports briefs for Dec. 4

Bulldog wrestlers place fourth at Fruita

The Moffat County varsity wrestling team traveled to Fruita Monument High School to compete in its first wrestling meet of the season, Saturday in Grand Junction.

The Bulldogs - ranked No. 10 in the state for 4A - placed fourth out of six teams.

Coach Roman Gutierrez was pleased with the team's performance, though he said the season is still young and much shouldn't be read into the weekend's results.

"With a team as young as we are, we are going to have to pick up the pace weekly," he said. "We are going to look at it like we are taking baby steps. We have six kids that have no varsity experience. We still are getting our feet wet."

Senior Cory Vigil led the Bulldogs, compiling a 5-0 record while pinning each of his opponents. The longest match for the No. 8 ranked wrestler in the state in the 119-pound weight class took less than five minutes.

"Vigil had a very good weekend," Gutierrez said. "He pinned all five guys. I was definitely pleased with his performance."

Troy Vernon compiled a record of 4-1 with four pins, Jesse Breslin went 4-1 with three pins, and Charlie Griffin earned four wins with one pin.

The varsity wrestling team will visit Union High School on Friday.

JV wrestling team

places 2nd in Steamboat

The Moffat County High School junior varsity wrestling team placed second Saturday in a meet in Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs lost to the eventual champion Saratoga Panthers after defeating Hayden and South Routt County.

Today, the junior varsity wrestling team visits Hayden High School and travels to Soroco High School on Saturday.

Swimmers close to state qualifying early

The Moffat County 200-medley relay team of Caitlin and Kelsey Conci, Natasha Romney and Katherine Dodd swam a time of 2:06:75 in their first meet of the season, cruising to a first-place finish Saturday in the Grand Junction Relays.

The mark was less than a minute off the state qualifying pace of 2:05:30, a time that can be met anytime throughout the season.

"It's a good way for us to see where we stand this early in the season," coach Marin Campbell said. "To be just a minute off, this soon, is encouraging."

The team placed seventh out of the 11 teams that participated, with 162 points.

"It was our first meet," Campbell said. "We aren't exactly where we want t o be. I know we can improve."

Campbell singled out the performances of first-year swimmers Mary Penner, Kellie Looper and Danielle Brockman.

"They swam well for their first-ever meet," Campbell said. "They are picking it up quickly."

The Bulldogs swimming team competes in a two-day meet beginning Friday in Montrose.

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