Ailing Bulldog wrestlers win double dual

Team pulls off win after admitting, 'we wrestled tired'

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Tired.

Sick.

That was the state of the Moffat County Wrestling team entering Thursday's road double dual against Palisade and Battle Mountain.

"We had a real hard practice on Wednesday, and I think it showed a little bit because we wrestled tired," coach Roman Gutierrez said. He added, "There are places where we're not wrestling kids because they're sick or they have an injury-type bug. That's one thing that we have to get cleared up in the next week or so. Kids are just sick."

Still, being sick and tired didn't stop the Bulldogs from beating Palisade, 42-27, and host Battle Mountain, 73-0.

"(Palisade) is a team that beat us earlier in the year, and we were able to beat them now," Gutierrez said

Winning their bouts against Palisade were Brice Boling (119 pounds), Jake Breslin (125 pounds), Matt Kincheloe (130 pounds), Levi Weber (140 pounds), Jesse Breslin (145 pounds) and Trenton Duarte (171 pounds).

"I think we were both facing some of the same problems," Gutierrez said. "We held three kids out because they were sick, and they had a kid hurt and another kid sick, too. "

Battle Mountain had four wrestlers on its squad, leading to the shutout win for the Bulldogs.

The ailing Bulldogs visit Meeker today for a dual.

"We'll see what they look like in practice. ... If they're not coughing or choking to death, we'll probably tell them," Gutierrez said. "If they're sick, there's just no use in taking them.

"We may have to sit them out for a little bit and let them get healthy before regionals."

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