“We had some kids, some really good kids who are wrestling well. Teeter, Stewart and Jesse all went 4-1, and a couple kids went 3-2.”
— Roman Gutierrez, head wrestling coach at Moffat County High School, about his team's performance during the first week of competition.
The Moffat County High School wrestling team started its season well and is looking to build on the fast start with another weekend of duals in Grand Junction.
The Bulldogs participated in five duals at Colorado Mesa University last Saturday and came away with a 2-3 record. While the win-loss mark doesn’t inspire awe at the Bulldogs’ performance, it came against several bigger schools while Moffat County was only able to field 10 out of 14 weight classes.
That meant against some of the larger schools, like Fruita Monument and Palisade, MCHS was giving up free points. Against smaller schools, like Olathe and Ignacio, is where the Bulldogs got their wins.
They were led by a trio of upperclassmen. Garrett Stewart, Jacob Teeter and Jesse Demoor each went 4-1 in their matches.
“We had some kids, some really good kids who are wrestling well,” head coach Roman Gutierrez said. “Teeter, Stewart and Jesse all went 4-1, and a couple kids went 3-2.”
Much of Moffat County’s roster is still new to wrestling and will take a bit more time to be more competitive, but Gutierrez is confident it will come.
“With some of the other kids being so young, it was a little tough on them,” he said. “We got educated by Fruita. But they’re working hard in practice and we’ll keep gaining.”
Assistant Mark Voloshin thought the team looked better in its first meet than it did at the same time last year, a good sign, he said.
“We did good I think,” Voloshin said. “Athletically we were a step above where we were last year. That was good. The really good kids looked (in great shape), and the kids who weren’t as successful looked better than where they were last year. That comes from working over the summer, going to camps and keeping them thinking about wrestling.”
The team is headed back to Grand Junction this week for five more duals. MCHS will again take on mostly competition from higher classifications, and some from the Denver area like Thunder Ridge and Brighton. Gutierrez thinks it will be more good experience for the Bulldogs.
“This week we’re a little better off, we should have 12 of 14 weights,” he said. “It will be good for us because we’ll see some different styles and different kids wrestling.”
Voloshin talked about the benefit MCHS wrestlers will get out of another week in practice. Up to the first meet, Moffat County’s coaches had not gotten to work on everything they would have liked.
“This week we tried to go over a little bit more coming out of the bottom,” Voloshin said. “We didn’t have as much of a chance to touch on that last week. Also this week was just a lot of review of our technique and trying to improve the stuff we’ve learned. We want to get better at the stuff we do.”
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