Charlie Griffiths, a Moffat County High School junior wreslter, rolls Fruita Monument’s Logan McNulty into a cradle and an eventual pin during the Dec. 19 Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. Griffiths, and the rest of the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team, will compete in the Jan. 8 Las Vegas Tournament.

Photo by David Pressgrove

Charlie Griffiths, a Moffat County High School junior wreslter, rolls Fruita Monument’s Logan McNulty into a cradle and an eventual pin during the Dec. 19 Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. Griffiths, and the rest of the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team, will compete in the Jan. 8 Las Vegas Tournament.

MCHS wrestling team prepares for Las Vegas Tournament

Season record

Weight, Name, Record

103, Justin McAlexander, 3-5

112, Jacob Teeter, , 11-7

119, Cody Nelson, 16-3

125, Garrett Stewart, 5-13

130, Jake Blevins, , 0-11

140, Charlie Griffiths, 17-3

145, Todd Stewart, 3-5

152, Nathan Tomlin, 20-1

160, Wyatt Uptain, 3-2

160, Nick Chew, , 6-7

160, Matt Linsacum, 2-0

171, Scott Mann, , 15-8

189, Cody Adams, 15-4

215, Ben Winslow, 8-6

To kick off the new year, the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team will look for luck in Las Vegas.

Starting Jan. 8, the team will again be competing in the annual Las Vegas Tournament.

Coach Roman Gutierrez said he wants his team to treat the tournament like any other tournament.

“Just like what we have been preaching most of the year, this will be more mat time for some of these younger kids,” he said. “They have been competing really well with our upperclassmen, who have been wrestling well so far.”

The team will fly Jan. 7 from Grand Junction to Las Vegas for the two-day tournament.

“We won’t weigh in until 2 p.m. Friday, and we will wrestle five duals on Friday,” he said. “On Saturday, we will wrestle in an individual tournament. The kids have to win probably at least three of their matches on Friday to qualify for the mini tournament on Saturday.”

Gutierrez said 16 wrestlers will travel and 12 will compete.

“There are a couple of kids like Matt (Linsacum) who we will just take as extras,” he said. “We’ll probably just fill 12 of the weight classes.”

In the early season, the Bulldog grapplers have been hit with injuries.

“Hopefully, we can stay healthy,” Gutierrez said. “All of our kids have a little nick here or there, so hopefully one of these days we’ll get healthy.”

Even with the injuries, the team has had a successful start to the year.

Freshmen Jacob Teeter has an 11-7 record in the 112-pound class, Cody Nelson has started with a 16-3 record in the 119-pound class, Charlie Griffiths is 17-3 for the 140-pound class, Nathan Tomlin is 20-1 in the 152-pound class, Scott Mann is 15-8 in the 171-pound class and Cody Adams is 15-4 in the 189-pound class.

The Bulldogs can expect to see a different type of wrestling than what they would expect in Northwest Colorado.

“As far as differences, you see different styles,” Gutierrez said. “At times, you have the California teams who wrestle like the Colorado teams, who wrestle really aggressively. The Nevada teams don’t seem as aggressive as some of the Colorado teams.”

Wrestling against unfamiliar opponents also will help the Bulldogs as they continue their march towards state.

“You have to look at all kinds of different styles and how other teams wrestle,” he said. “It gives them more exposure, so they’re more in tune, and they will be able to adjust to different styles throughout the course of the year.”

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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