After his team's dominating performance during the weekend at the Las Vegas Tournament, wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez said he's pleased with where his Moffat County wrestlers are at.
"I think it helped some of the kids who haven't been wrestling really well," the coach said of the Vegas trip, where the Bulldogs took first in Friday's dual tournament, and second in Saturday's individual tournament. "They found out that they can win if they just put their minds to it, get after it and believe in themselves."
The team gets after it again on Thursday, when the Bulldogs host Delta High School at 6 p.m.
Delta has "three or four pretty darn good kids," Gutierrez said. "The rest of the team I don't know a lot about. It seems like their 145-52 pounders are pretty tough."
As for the Bulldogs, the coach is looking for his team to continue what it's been doing: improving.
"We're improving, and we're getting better and I'm enjoying the progress that we're making," he said. "I'm really pleased with their conditioning, and they're starting to get a little more aggressive. So, those are always pluses for Moffat County wrestling."
Thursday's dual marks the second to last home meet for seniors Brice Boling (119 pounds), Jake Breslin (125 pounds), Chris McAlexander (135 pounds), Nick Navratil (189 pounds) and Levi Weber (140 pounds).
"I'm really pleased with the seniors who are just doing a good job for us," Gutierrez said. "... They're wrestling well."
Others who might compete Thursday include:
- At 103 pounds, Brandon Maigatter
- At 112 pounds, Cory
- At 130 pounds, Matt Kincheloe
- At 145 pounds, Drew Turner
- At 152 pounds, Jake Bricker
- At 160 pounds, Lyle Schaffner
- At 171 pounds, Trenton Duarte
- At 215 pounds, Josh Satterwhite
- And in the heavy-weight division, David Hickson
"I think we're starting to get a little healthy," the coach said, adding, "Hopefully we'll keep them that way."
On Saturday, the Bulldogs travel to the Rifle Tourna-
ment, a dual-meet tournament, where MCHS will face five teams.
The Bulldogs start the day at 8 a.m. with a match against Berthoud, followed by Pueblo West.
Up next is Elizabeth High School.
"They are one of the better teams this year, and they're in our region, too," Gutierrez said. "So, it will be good to get a look at them before our regional tournament."
After that, the Bulldogs
take on Eaglecrest and Glenwood.