Moffat County High School junior A. C. Crofts competes in January against Meeker during the Bulldog Invite. The MCHS wrestling team wrapped up its regular season schedule with a second-place showing Thursday night in Palisade.

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Moffat County High School junior A. C. Crofts competes in January against Meeker during the Bulldog Invite. The MCHS wrestling team wrapped up its regular season schedule with a second-place showing Thursday night in Palisade.

MCHS wrestling team finishes 2nd in regular season finale

MCHS varsity wrestling

Palisade Invite (tri meet)

Feb. 5 at Palisade High School

Team dual results:

MCHS 24 Palisade 41

MCHS 51 Delta 24

Individual results:

Weight Name Results (Delta/Palisade)

103 No MCHS competitor

112 Kye Adams W pin (1:39)/L tech (17-0)

119 A. C. Crofts L pin (1:21)/L pin (1:25)

125 Ethan Kinner W 6-3/W 4-0 (OT)

130 Charlie Griffiths W 11-6/W 6-3

135 Nathan Tomlin W pin (1:24)/W 2-1

140 Matt Linsacum W 7-4/L pin (5:44)

145 Scott Mann W bye/L pin (1:49)

152 Jesse Breslin W bye/W 5-2

160 Troy Vernon W pin (:47)/W pin (:30)

171 Cody Adams W pin (1:16)/L pin (3:32)

189 No MCHS competitor

215 Ben Winslow W pin (5:35)/L pin (2:45)

Hwt. No MCHS competitor

If this week's meet in Palisade is considered the final tune up for the postseason, the Moffat County wrestling team showed they still need to make a few adjustments before hitting on all cylinders.

The Bulldogs finished second in their regular season finale Thursday at Palisade High School, beating Delta, 51-24, before falling to the tri-tourney hosts, 41-24.

Senior Troy Vernon led the Moffat County charge, winning both his matches in a combined 77 seconds.

Vernon pinned his first opponent from Delta in 47 seconds, and needed just 30 to dispatch his foe from Palisade.

The back-to-back pins were the third and fourth wins, respectively, since he returned from a shoulder injury 10 days ago.

The Bulldogs' top four wrestlers of seniors Ethan Kinner and Jesse Breslin, junior Nathan Tomlin and sophomore Charlie Griffiths kept up with their winning ways, as each grappled their way to perfect 2-0 records.

Senior Matt Linsacum (140), sophomore Kye Adams (112) and junior A. C. Crofts (119) returned from injuries, albeit with mixed results.

Kye Adams and Linsacum finished 1-1, and Crofts completed the event 0-2.

Junior Scott Mann (145) wrestled with the varsity team for the third consecutive week, compiling a 1-1 record, as did Ben Winslow (215) and Cody Adams (171).

Moffat County has a week until the state regional tournament kicks off Feb. 13 in Montrose.

Notes

Junior heavyweight Halen Raymond quit the team last week for personal reasons. : Sophomore Cody Nelson (103) missed the event because he is sick.

The three-day state championship tournament begins Thursday, Feb. 19 at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

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