Cody Nelson, top, tries to pin Jacob Teeter during Monday’s varsity wrestling practice. The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team will travel Thursday to this weekend’s Las Vegas Tournament.

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Cody Nelson, top, tries to pin Jacob Teeter during Monday’s varsity wrestling practice. The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team will travel Thursday to this weekend’s Las Vegas Tournament.

Freshmen wrestlers excited for 1st trip to Las Vegas tournament

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Records

Season record for Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling

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

Wrestling as a freshmen on a varsity squad can be a series of new experiences.

New moves, techniques and training regimen are part of the transition from eighth- to ninth-grade grappling.

For Moffat County High School’s freshmen trio of Justin McAlexander, Jacob Teeter and Garrett Stewart, they are about to experience something entirely new.

Las Vegas.

The three ninth-graders will travel with the varsity team when it competes Friday and Saturday at the Las Vegas Tournament.

The three are among 16 Bull­dog wrestlers making the trip.

McAlexander, unlike his two freshmen counterparts, has been to Las Vegas before.

“It was for wrestling,” he said. “But to watch my brother.”

McAlexander, 3-5 overall this year, said he wants to be challenged when he takes the mat Friday.

“Hopefully it’s hard,” he said. “Because the better the challenge the better the benefit.”

As for the city itself, McAlexander wants to see one thing.

“The strip on Sunday night,” he said.

The wrestling team begins preparing for the trip in the summer with a fundraising auction and dinner.

Between the two, the wrestling team was able to raise more than the $9,000 required to send the team to the annual tournament.

This will be Moffat County’s 15th visit to Las Vegas.

Although Jacob Teeter has traveled before, Las Vegas will be a new destination for the freshmen.

“It’s going to be a good learning experience,” he said. “I’ll get to see different kinds of techniques.”

Switching from middle school to high school varsity wrestling has presented a series of challenges for Teeter, who has an 11-7 record on the year.

“Pretty much in terms of skill, they’re a lot tougher,” Teeter said. “Experience has a lot to do with it, a lot of it is mental, a lot of it is in your head.”

Stewart said he is looking forward to a number of things in the desert.

“Mainly, some good matches and the experience,” he said. “And I guess see how beautiful it is with all the lights.”

Wrestling as a freshmen on varsity has been a challenge, McAlexander said.

“It’s hard — these kids are tough,” he said, adding that his weight has been his biggest disadvantage. “I weigh 84 pounds, and I wrestle 103s.”

Like McAlexander and Teeter, Stewart said he will use the trip as a learning experience.

“It’s pretty nice seeing kids from different areas and different states,” he said. “You get to see the other kids wrestle, see what they do.”

One definitive disadvantage the three freshmen have is mat time.

“There are going to be tougher kids, with more training and technique,” Stewart said. “They have a lot more experience.”

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