Individual awards given to the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team members during Tuesday’s banquet:
• Charlie Griffiths
Academic all-state honorable mention
• Cody Adams
• Nick Chew
• Matt Linsacum
• Scott Mann
• Most pins: Charlie Griffiths (28)
• Most improved wrestler: Cody Adams (23-21 in 2008-2009, 36-8 in 2009-2010)
• Most valuable wrestler: Griffiths (41-7 record, third at state meet in the 145-pound class)
Western Slope League all-conference honors:
• Nathan Tomlin
• Ben Winslow
For a year that was marred by injuries, the Moffat County High School boys varsity wrestling team was able to make a successful run.
That success included four state qualifiers, one state placer, four academic all-state honorable mentions, one academic all-state first team member, two all-conference selections and two all-conference honorable mention selections.
At the team’s end-of-season banquet Tuesday night at MCHS, coach Roman Gutierrez said that while the team didn’t claim any state champions, it was a successful year for MCHS wrestling.
“I think the program is headed in the right direction,” he said. “We have a whole group of athletes who are focused on helping each other get better.”
This year’s team featured four state wrestlers, including one state placer in Charlie Griffiths.
Griffiths, a junior, finished first at the regional tournament and third at the state tournament in the 145-pound class.
Gutierrez said injuries hindered other wrestlers at state.
“If we can stay healthy, we’ll keep improving,” he said. “We only had one state placer, but if Nathan Tomlin had not been injured, I imagine he would have placed, too.”
Tomlin won the regional tournament’s 152-pound class but was injured in the second round at state.
Cody Adams placed second at the regional tournament but fell in the second round at state.
Ben Winslow finished fourth at the regional tournament to earn a spot on the state-bound roster, but the junior fell in the second round at state.
The team had five players pick up all-state academic honors.
Griffiths made the all-academic first team, which requires a grade point average of 3.60 or higher.
Adams, Nick Chew, Matt Linsacum and Scott Mann made the honorable mention team, which is given to upperclassmen with a grade point average of 3.30 to 3.59.
Griffiths and Tomlin were also named to the Western Slope League all-conference first team, and Adams and Winslow were named all-conference honorable mention.
Griffiths won team awards for most pins (28), and most valuable wrestler, which is given to the wrestler with the highest place at the state meet.
Adams won the team award for most improved wrestler after finishing the season with a mark of 36-8, a vast improvement from a 23-21 campaign the season before.
The team also said goodbye to seniors Tomlin, Mann, Chew, Matt Linsacum, Todd Stewart and Justin Zufelt.
“These were kids who enjoyed wrestling,” Gutierrez said. “I don’t think Scott Mann missed a single practice.”
That attitude has been extended to the Craig Middle School wrestling program, as several wrestler have volunteered to help MCHS assistant coach and CMS coach Ron Linsacum.
That help has not gone unnoticed, Linsacum said.
“It helps keep everyone sharp,” he said. “And I know that the kids appreciate it.”
This year’s group included several students of the sport, Linsacum said.
“These kids picked up a lot,” he said. “If I missed something, they were quick to tell me.”