Individual results from the Las Vegas Tournament on Friday and Saturday:
Weight / Name / Place
103 / Justin McAlexander / 6th
112 / Jacob Teeter / 5th
119 / Cody Nelson / 2nd
125 / Garrett Stewart / 3rd
130 / Jacob Blevins
140 / Charlie Griffiths / 1st
145 / Todd Stewart / 4th
152 / Nathan Tomlin / 1st
160 / Scott Mann / 1st
171 / Justin Zufelt
189 / Cody Adams / 1st
215 / Ben Winslow
Broken fingers, torn ligaments.
In the end, the injuries the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team sustained didn’t matter, as the team was able to claim a second-place finish at the Las Vegas Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
But had a few other key performers been healthy, the team would have been in a position to win, assistant coach Ron Linsacum said.
“Overall, I thought all of kids wrestled really well,” he said. “But we were five and a half points out. If we had just one more kid healthy, we could have had first.”
The team boasted several strong individual performances.
Charlie Griffiths, wrestling in the 140-pound class, Scott Mann in the 160-pound class and Cody Adams in the 189-pound class all picked up first-place finishes.
Senior Nathan Tomlin was not only the top placer in the 152-pound class, but he was named the most outstanding wrestler for his weight group.
Cody Nelson, who wrestles in the 119-pound class, finished second despite an injury.
Moffat County also finished second at last year’s Las Vegas Tournament.
One of the reasons for Moffat County’s strong performance was the continued development of the team’s young wrestlers.
Freshmen Justin McAlexander finished sixth in the 103-pound weight class, Jacob Teeter was fifth in the 112-pound class and Garrett Stewart was third in the 125-pound class, despite wrestling with an injured elbow.
“They stepped up,” Linsacum said. “Despite having a lot less experience, they wrestled well. In the end, that caught up with them, but I thought they all handled the environment well.”
Now, the team will have an equal challenge when it travels to the Jan. 15 and 16 Green River Tournament in Green River, Wyo.
“I think this tournament will be tougher than Las Vegas,” Linsacum said. “Last year, there were some Eastern Slope teams, two 5A schools and Green River and Rock Springs are two salty programs.”
Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.