Bad Dogs results from Saturday’s
Bald Eagle Wrestling Tournament:
Garrett Anson 1st
Grady Anson Did not place
Cody Baker 1st
Thomas Baker 3rd
Daniel Caddy 1st
Noah Duran 3rd Anthony Duran 3rd
Sebastian Hadley 3rd
Shandon Hadley 1st
Ethan Hafey 2nd
Ian Hafey 2nd
Kaden Hafey 1st
Logan Hafey 1st
Hugo Hernandez 3rd
Isaiah Herod 2nd
Mikinzie Klimper 1st
Chris Moschetti 3rd
Mathew Moschetti 2nd
Devlyn Mosman 3rd
Cody Pleasant 2nd
Luke Pleasant 1st
Ethan Powers 2nd
Tyler Roberts 1st
Drew Rothermund 2nd
Laadan Rothermund 2nd
Jake Shelton 1st
Dagan White 1st
Bad Dogs results from Nov. 6
Monster Match tournament:
Daniel Caddy 3rd
Kyler Cox 2nd
Deven Mosman 1st
Wyatt Pfau 5th
Luke Pleasant 5th
Jake Shelton 2nd
TJ Shelton 1st
Dagan White 1st
Cody Pleasant has a lot to be thankful for this holiday.
Besides getting his arm out of a cast quickly and relatively painlessly, he recently performed a personal best in a wrestling tournament.
Pleasant was one of 27 young athletes representing the Bad Dogs Youth Wrestling program at Saturday’s Bald Eagle Wrestling Tournament in Gypsum.
The team ended the day with a plentiful amount of medals: 11 first place, 9 second place and six third place. The Bad Dogs were also named the top team in the tournament.
Pleasant, 10, finished second-place in his age bracket, winning two out of his three matches, one of which came by pin.
“In the last championship match, I was feeling pretty confident, but I lost and there’s always got to be a winner and a loser,” he said.
It was his first ranking for the year and the first time he has ever placed in competition.
Pleasant was unable to wrestle at the beginning of the season because of an injury to his arm sustained during the final game of the Doak Walker football season. He got his cast off in early November.
“It was still really stiff and I only got in two good practices, so I couldn’t really go to Monster Match,” he said.
Monster Match, a national tournament, yielded good results for the Bad Dogs who attended the Nov. 6 event at the Denver Coliseum.
Eight members of the team placed in the top six in their age brackets, with Deven Mosman, TJ Shelton and Dagan White each winning first-place medals.
White, 8, wrestled in the 7 to 9 rookie bracket specifically for wrestlers in their first or second year who have not yet placed in any other national tournaments.
“It was fun,” White said. “I used a half-(nelson) on one guy.”
White, who also placed first in Gypsum, is in his second year with the team.
“Last year, I wasn’t as good as I am now, but I’ve been getting better and better in my second year,” he said. “I hope I do good in my third year, too.”
Head coach Billy Bingham said he has seen regular improvement from all the Bad Dogs, who total 50.
“We’re about where we expected to be,” Bingham said. “We’re still rusty, but these kids work hard, there’s no doubt about it.”
Bingham said his team’s greatest strength this year has been in consistently learning from their mistakes.
“They start feeling different moves on the mat, and every match they go out and do something different,” he said. “With the time off (between meets) it’s hard for them to actually remember that, but it starts to become more of a reaction than an action.”
Bingham said the team’s greatest difficulty has been how they have been affected by winter health conditions.
“We had to cancel practice about a week ago because we had strep throat and pneumonia going through,” he said. “We actually had to miss a tournament (in Summit) because of that.”
Pleasant said he intends to make up for the time that he has already lost this season. The Bad Dogs’ next two tournaments are Dec. 5 in Granby and Dec. 11 in Palisade.
“I hope I can get first,” Pleasant said.