Moffat County High School sophomore Charlie Griffiths reacts after a victory during the 2008 state wrestling championships. The Bulldog grapplers participated in the Rocky Mountain Wrestling camp June 18 to 22 at Western State College in Gunnison.

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Moffat County High School sophomore Charlie Griffiths reacts after a victory during the 2008 state wrestling championships. The Bulldog grapplers participated in the Rocky Mountain Wrestling camp June 18 to 22 at Western State College in Gunnison.

Back on the mat

Bulldog wrestling team returns from summer camp

Rocky Mountain Wrestling Camp

Western State College, Gunnison

Team dual results:

Moffat County 10-6

Individual results:

Cody Nelson 12-4

Asay Crofts 6-10

Kye Adams 7-9

Brandon Maigatter 5-11

Charlie Griffiths 14-2

Todd Stewart 11-6

Matt Linsacum 10-6

Scott Mann 9-7

Jesse Breslin 15-2

Lyle Schaffner 8-8

— As Western State College alumnus, Moffat County High School wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez remembers learning much on the mats as a Mountaineer.

Gutierrez, now head coach of the Bulldogs, took his team back to his past, with a keen eye on the future.

MCHS competed June 18 to 22 in Gunnison, one of 40 teams present at the nation's longest running high school wrestling camp.

Ten Bulldogs made the trip: sophomores Cody Nelson, Kye Adams and Charlie Griffiths, juniors Asay Crofts, Brandon Maigatter, Todd Stewart and Matt Linsacum, and seniors Jesse Breslin and Lyle Schaffner.

"We competed in 14 different weights," Gutierrez said. "We were kind of bunched up in about three or four different places, so we moved guys around in weights. Everybody was kind of up a weight so it gave them some good, tough experience."

Gutierrez said Nelson, Breslin and Schaffner were the lone Bulldogs who stayed in the same weight class.

Adams and Crofts made the biggest moves up in weight-class.

"Kye, I think, was kind of in a difficult situation," Gutierrez said. "He was really light (for those 125-pounders). They were just huge on him. And then Asay, I think, kind of got out-horsed there (at 119 pounds) : so you know I think if he keeps his weight down he will compete well (at 112-pounds)."

As a team, MCHS won 10 of its 16 dual meets.

Individually, Breslin (15-2), Griffiths (14-2) and Nelson (12-4) had the most success.

"Cody had a real good weekend. He wrestled really well, and I think it will boost his confidence (at the 103-pound weight)," Gutierrez said. "(Griffiths) looked pretty good. He wrestled a lot of bigger kids and came out well.

"Breslin just wrestled well. He got beat up by one guy and the rest of the matches. Other than that, he did really well."

Gutierrez added he was impressed by how his team responded in the latter stages of the event.

"Some of the guys started really slow. But at the end of the week, they were just able to adjust to some of those weights," he said. "And, instead of trying to muscle everybody, they just tried to finesse a bit more and they came out good."

The four day camp went as well as Gutierrez expected.

He said camp is a time for the team to bond with each other, have a good time and pick up a few pointers along the way as they compete against wrestlers from all across the country.

"The main thing about camp is to get them to unite, to become a team and know that these guys are going to be the ones on the mat with you more than likely during the season," Gutierrez said. "We stayed with most of the teams. Not all of them are necessarily outstanding, but they all had at least a few outstanding wrestlers. And we hung in there with them."

The high school season doesn't begin until December, but Gutierrez said the team will practice between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. each Thursday.

"Hopefully they can get away from whatever they are doing, and we can build on the little things that we noticed in camp," he said.

Notes: Junior Nathan Tomlin missed the trip because of a lingering back injury : Senior Troy Vernon didn't participate in the camp because of his participation in the state rodeo finals : Maigatter returned to he mat after missing most of last season because of injury : The tournament was expanded from 27 to 40 teams this year.

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