Closing the gap

Bulldog wrestling coach says team needs to improve in tight matches

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Of the four dual matches the Moffat County High School wrestling team competed in Saturday at the Rifle Tournament, the majority of Bulldog coach Roman Gutierrez's comments were on the lone match MCHS lost.

The Bulldogs fell to Pueblo West in the first bout of the dual-style tournament, 38-15.

"We had a lot of close matches, but we didn't win any of those close matches," Gutierrez said of match. "I think we need to improve in those little aspects, in those tight matches that we have to win. ... Hopefully we can get that done in the near future."

Moffat County went on to defeat Elizabeth 66-12, Eaglecrest 56-15, and the combined team of Glenwood and Nucla, 60-15.

"The kids are really wrestling well right now," the coach said of the wins. "We wrestled fairly well against everyone else."

Individual results at the tournament are as follows:

  • At 103 pounds, Brandon Maigatter went 0-4
  • At 112 pounds, Cory Vigil went 3-1
  • At 119 pounds, Brice Boling went 4-0
  • At 125 pounds, Jake Breslin went 3-1
  • At 130 pounds, Matt Kincheloe went 4-0
  • At 135 pounds, Troy Vernon went 3-1
  • At 140 pounds, Levi Weber went 4-0
  • At 145 pounds, Drew Turner went 2-2
  • At 152 pounds, Jake Bricker went 3-1
  • At 160 pounds, Lyle Schaffner went 1-3
  • At 171 pounds, Trenton Duarte went 3-1
  • At 189 pounds, Nick Navratil went 4-0
  • At 215 pounds, Josh Satterwhite went 2-2
  • And in the heavyweight division, David Hickson 2-2

"I think we're all kind of picking up speed, and hopefully we can get the snowball rolling in the next three weeks," Gutierrez said.

Up next for the Bulldogs is a three-team meet, which includes Palisade and host Battle Mountain.

"I don't think Battle Mountain has very many kids. It seems like they only have four or five kids," the coach said. "And Palisade is wrestling real well. They looked really good (at the Rifle Tournament). They gave Pueblo West all they wanted this weekend. It should be a good match up. They beat us earlier in the year and hopefully we can turn that around."

Saturday, the Bulldogs visit county rival Meeker.

"I know they have some good quality kids, but I think they have a couple of holes too," Guttierrez said. "And of course that Lablanc kid in the 60s is very tough and they have a 135 pounder, and just some solid kids in there."

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