Bad Dogs wrestlers Daniel Caddy, front, and Jake Shelton square off Saturday at the Mat Cat Invitational in Fruita. Shelton and Caddy competed against one another for first place in the 6 and under, 55-pound weight class, a match that coach Rodney Klimper said was one of the hardest-fought matches of the day.

Rodney Klimper/courtesy

Bad Dogs wrestlers Daniel Caddy, front, and Jake Shelton square off Saturday at the Mat Cat Invitational in Fruita. Shelton and Caddy competed against one another for first place in the 6 and under, 55-pound weight class, a match that coach Rodney Klimper said was one of the hardest-fought matches of the day.

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Bad Dogs wrestling results

Feb. 14, Mat Cat Invitational

Fruita Monument High School, Fruita

Individual results:

Wrestler : Record (pins) : Place

Kaden Hixson : 3-0 (0) : 1

Blain Roop : 0-3 (0) : -

Logan Hafey : 0-2 (0) : -

Ethan Hafey : 1-2 (1) : 3

Dezzee Pfister : 3-0 (2) : 1

Daniel Caddy : 3-0 (2) : 1

Jake Shelton : 2-1 (2) : 2

Gregory Hixson : 2-2 (0) : 3

Like Pleasant : 2-2 (0) : 3

Spencer Brown : 2-2 (2) : 1

Ethan Powers : 4-0 (2) : 1

Kaden Hafey : 0-2 (0) : 5

Elias Peroulis : 0-2 (0) : -

Christopher Moschetti : 1-2 (1) : 3

Quincy Pfister : 3-0 (1) : 1

Koletan Hafey : 0-2 (0) : -

Thomas Baker : 3-1 (1) : 3

Isiac Roop : 0-2 (0) : -

Devlyn Mosman : 4-1 (3) : 3

Mikinzie Klimper : 2-1 (2) : 3

Mikey Bingham : 3-0 (0) : 1

Deven Mosman : 1-1 (1) : 2

Shandon Hadley : 2-1 (1) : 2

Stelios Peroulis : 2-1 (1) : 2

TJ Shelton : 2-0 (2) : 1

Devon Pontine : 3-0 (2) : 1

Mathew Moschetti : 3-1 (3) : 3

Daniel Wilbur : 2-2 (1) : 4

It's starting to become routine.

One week after placing 23 wrestlers in the Tiger Paw Classic in Grand Junction, the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team returned south Saturday and duplicated the feat in Fruita, placing 23 of the 28 grapplers who made the trip.

Nine captured first place, five finished second, and seven ended the Mat Cat Invitational at Fruita Monument High School in third. All in a day's work for one of the Western Slope's most dominant teams.

"They did well, for the most part," coach Rodney Klimper said. "We ran into some tough matches late."

Some of those matches were against each other.

Kaden Hixson, Dezzee Pfister, Daniel Caddy, Ethan Powers, Quincy Pfister, TJ Shelton, Devon Pontine and Mikey Bingham finished the event undefeated, combining for 11 pins in their 24 matches, each taking home first place.

Klimper said the event's most exciting match came early in the event, between two Bad Dogs.

Caddy and Jake Shelton squared off for the 55-pound, 6-and-under title. Caddy won in overtime and was crowned champ.

"It was by far the hardest fought match of the day," he said. "That was all you heard from our coaches and other coaches, was how tough those two kids are."

And toughness is something the Bad Dogs are beginning to be known for.

"We are one of the elite teams in the Western Slope," Klimper said. "It would be like wrestling a state champion when you are in high school, or beating the Super Bowl champ. If that's the only game you win all year, you've proven something because you've beaten the best. That's how we are looked at. We have a bullseye on our backs, and teams know that if they beat a Bad Dog, they've beaten the best."

Problem is, the only grapplers to beat a Bad Dog lately have been Bad Dogs themselves.

"We end a lot of brackets with two Bad Dogs wrestling each other," Klimper said. "It's making us better as a team, and all of the wrestlers better by wrestling against one another."

Through the season's first 10 events, the team has piled up some impressive statistics.

Powers moved to 19-0 on the season with 12 pins. Thomas Baker (24-7) and Mikey Bingham (24-3) lead the team in wins, with Develyn Mosman (23-6) close behind.

Bingham leads the team in pins, with 19, while three others - Dezzee Pfister, Deven Mosman and Mikinzie Klimper - have won 16 matches by pin.

The team takes to the road again Saturday, when the Bad Dogs compete in the Little Devil Wrestling Classic at Grand County High School in Moab, Utah.

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