Despite winning his first match against Silver Creek’s Alex Mann handily, Moffat County High School wrestler Nathan Tomlin knows things will only get harder as he advances in the state wrestling tournament.
Tomlin, who wrestles in the 152-pound class, went after Mann and pinned him in the first quarter.
Today, Tomlin will be paired with Conifer’s Colby Kluesner, a senior with a 28-4 record.
“I know he’s tough,” Tomlin said. “But everyone is tough at state.”
Before taking the mat for his first match, Tomlin was running around the third floor of the Pepsi Center in Denver to loosen up.
“I felt really good,” he said. “I was able to dominate him in the first round — that’s what I want to do in all my matches because in the later rounds, my energy dips.”
Tomlin wasn’t the only wrestler wearing Bulldogs blue to win Thursday.
Charlie Griffiths advanced with a win against Canon City’s Clint Berry.
MCHS’ 145-pound wrestler was able to pin Berry in the second round.
“My strategy is to attack,” he said. “Everybody has a back. I just need to find it and put it to the mat.”
Griffiths said he was more excited than nervous going into his bout with Berry.
“I’m feeling good, strong,” he said. “I was very excited about this match.”
MCHS’ 189-pound entry Cody Adams fell to Woodland’s Shawn MacMahill by pin in the second round.
Moffat County’s fourth wrestler, Ben Winslow, fell, 10-4, to Pueblo Central’s Michael Miller.
The team will resume wrestling at 1 p.m. today.
With his match today against Arvada’s Garet Krohn, Griffiths said he was going to continue doing what he has done all year.
“I have to keep attacking,” he said.
“I just have to keep after it.”
Notes: Steamboat Springs’ lone entry, freshman Casey Williams, fell to Arvada’s Jacob Flores in the 135 pound bracket.
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