Craig After taking first place in the March 12 to 14 Rocky Mountain National tournament in Prescott, Ariz., Craig Bad Dogs wrestler Deven Mosman has one thing on his mind.
Adding more hardware to his trophy shelf.
Mosman, 10, will try this weekend to do something no Bad Dog has done before — win three Rocky Mountain National tournaments in one year to claim the Triple Crown.
Mosman won the Jan. 2 Rocky Mountain Nationals in Loveland in addition to last weekend’s Rocky Mountain National tournament in Prescott.
Mosman said he wrestled well in Arizona.
“In my first match, I had to wrestle a girl,” he said. “I really wanted to pin her, but my dad told me not to.
“He said work with her a little, warm up with her.”
Mosman was able to win his first match by an 18-3 technical.
In his second match, Mosman was matched up with a tough foe, but the results were the same.
Mosman put his opponent in the “cow-catcher” and secured a pin to advance to the championship round.
“I had to wrestle a kid named Randy Maynes,” he said. “He’s a kid I lost to a few years back, 11-6.
“This time, he was very aggressive, and I was very aggressive.”
The two were evenly matched in the first period.
In the second period, Mosman “diamonded-up,” and caught Maynes.
“I did my favorite move, the twister,” he said. “And I pinned him to win the tournament.”
After his win, Mosman said he started thinking about the Triple Crown — something he has coveted since he first stepped onto the mat.
“Everyone would be proud of me, and I’d be proud of myself,” he said. “It’s what I’ve been working for, ever since I started wrestling.”
The young grappler has been close to claiming the Triple Crown before.
“I won both ‘Who’s Bad’ and ‘Monster Mash,’ (last year)” he said. “I wrestled through everyone and got to the championship. He was up 6-2, I got him for a takedown, but I couldn’t pin him.”
This year, Mosman said no one will stand in his way for the Triple Crown.
“He messed up my chance for Triple Crown,” he said about last year’s championship winner. “This time, no one is going to mess up my chance.”
In the 113-pound 10-and-younger class, Mosman is 20-0 this year, with 15 pins and 3 technical wins.
Mosman said he would be gunning for Idaho’s No. 1 ranked Jarred Walker at nationals.
Mosman wasn’t the only wrestler to have a strong showing in Arizona.
Corbin Beck and TJ Shelton had third-place finishes, and Devlyn Mosman took home a sixth-place finish.
This weekend, the Bad Dogs will take 22 wrestlers to compete in the Rocky Mountain Nationals.
Mosman was injured earlier in the year, so he was unable to wrestle in the first Rocky Mountain Nationals tournament.
Had Mosman won four national tournaments, he would have been in contention for the Golden Gear and belt — the highest award possible for youth wrestlers.
“That’s what I’m going for next year,” he said.
But, before he can make history by being the first Bad Dog to take the Golden Gear, Mosman will focus on becoming the first to achieve the Triple Crown.
“I’ll go out and be aggressive,” he said. “I’ll be focused. I’ll do everything I can to help me win.”