Bad Dogs wrestler Cody Pleasant breaks free from the grip of a Bald Eagle competitor during Saturday’s Bald Eagle Wrestling Tournament in Gypsum. Pleasant placed second in the event, a personal best.

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Bad Dogs wrestler Cody Pleasant breaks free from the grip of a Bald Eagle competitor during Saturday’s Bald Eagle Wrestling Tournament in Gypsum. Pleasant placed second in the event, a personal best.

Bad Dogs take home 11 top finishes at tourney

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Bad Dogs wrestler Luke Pleasant grapples with a competitor during the Nov. 6 Monster Match tournament at the Denver Coliseum. Pleasant placed fifth at the national tournament and more recently placed first at the Bald Eagle Wrestling Tournament Saturday in Gypsum.

Results

Bad Dogs results from Saturday’s

Bald Eagle Wrestling Tournament:

Name Finish

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:

Name Place

­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.

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