Moffat County High School junior Nathan Tomlin battles for position Jan. 10 during the Las Vegas Invitational in Nevada. The Bulldog grapplers competed Friday and Saturday in Green River, Wyo.

Donna Griffiths

Moffat County High School junior Nathan Tomlin battles for position Jan. 10 during the Las Vegas Invitational in Nevada. The Bulldog grapplers competed Friday and Saturday in Green River, Wyo.

Wounded Bulldog wrestlers claw through Green River

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Senior Ethan Kinner - out with a back injury.

Junior Nathan Tomlin - out with a concussion.

Sophomore Kye Adams - out with an injured knee.

Junior Halen Raymond - out with a sore shoulder.

Junior Asay Crofts - out for personal reasons.

Throw in that the Moffat County High School wrestling team doesn't have a wrestler in the 119-pound, 189-pound or heavyweight classes, and the Bulldogs were a thin bunch when they stepped over the border Friday.

Despite the "rude awakening," as MCHS coach Roman Gutierrez called it, the Bulldogs managed to win three of their seven dual meet matches in the Green River (Wyo.) Invite, led by sophomore Cody Nelson's second consecutive undefeated performance.

Coming off an impressive 8-0 record Jan. 10 in Las Vegas, Nelson once again cruised through the competition unscathed, piling up a 7-0 record in Wyoming.

"Cody has had a couple really good weeks," Gutierrez said. "And, he was challenged this week. He had a couple of close matches, and he just found a way to win."

Sophomore Charlie Griffiths and senior Jesse Breslin each went 6-1 during the two-day event, while senior Troy Vernon and sophomore Cody Adams each finished 5-2.

"Those guys wrestled pretty well," Gutierrez said. "The kids that you expect to win all the time are still winning, but I know those kids that we threw in there this week, we have to toughen them up. When they step in, they need to step in and be ready."

Jake Blevins (0-7), Brent Juergens (1-3) and Nate Moon (0-7) got their first taste of varsity wrestling action this season.

Matt Linsacum battled a knee injury and worked his way to a 3-4 finish, as did Ben Winslow.

"I hate to make excuses for us, but we're wrestling with three kids that have zero varsity experience," Gutierrez said. "It showed."

Notes: Freshman Brent Juergens failed to make weigh-in Saturday and had to withdraw from the second day of competition. :Todd Stewart (145) earned a starting spot in Green River by beating out Scott Mann in a wrestle-off last week. : Linsacum injured his knee Friday but finished the event despite the injury.

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