Moffat County wrestler Ashlee Griffiths grapples with an opponent from Northglenn High School during the team's weekend of duals at Grand Junction High School. They came away from it with a 3-2 record, making the Bulldogs 5-5 in duals on the season.

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Moffat County wrestler Ashlee Griffiths grapples with an opponent from Northglenn High School during the team's weekend of duals at Grand Junction High School. They came away from it with a 3-2 record, making the Bulldogs 5-5 in duals on the season.

Moffat County wrestling using experience well

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The Moffat County wrestling team came back from the second of its three weekends in Grand Junction with a great deal to hang its hat on.

The Bulldogs, which followed up five duals last week with five more Saturday and have an individual tournament in Junction this weekend, are already showing they can contend more as a team than in years past.

In the five duals Saturday at Grand Junction High School, the Bulldogs went 3-2, losing to Grand Junction and Thunder Ridge High Schools, but beating Center and Northglenn and notching a third win in an extras match that formed due to Brighton High School’s absence at the meet.

Head coach Roman Gutierrez saw more improvement from his wrestlers.

“It was a good weekend for us,” Gutierrez said. “We had several wrestlers do very well.”

Moffat County’s performance was helped along by some of its bigger wrestlers. Jesse Demoor, wrestling at 182-lbs this season, went 5-0 in his matches and is now 9-1 on the year.

Despite his hot start, Demoor is not satisfied, a product of his competitive mindset.

“I think I’m doing alright, but I know I could do better,” he said. “It doesn’t matter how good I do, I just always feel like I could go one more step.”

In addition, Curtis Bowser went 4-1 in the heavyweight division while Garrett Stewart and Jacob Teeter were also 4-1. With another top wrestler, Brayden Peterson, back from injury, the team roster is filling out nicely a couple weeks into the season.

“About half the team I think is doing pretty good,” Demoor said. “A lot of the team is pretty young and they need to work on a lot of things. Everybody’s got something to work on, though. The team as a whole is pretty well-rounded.”

At 5-5 on the season in duals, Moffat County has neither amazed nor disappointed. But the Bulldogs have gained valuable experience wrestling against some 4A and 5A schools, which they hope will pay dividends down the road.

Heading into the Warrior Classic individual tournament this weekend, Gutierrez has been pleased with what he’s seen.

“(The season) is going alright,” he said. “The kids are improving, so I’m pleased with the way things are going right now.”

Demoor thinks the experience against good competition, coupled with more hard work, will produce big results for Moffat County going forward.

“The tougher schools definitely make you better,” he said. “I think even if you go against a tough kid that you’re pretty sure you’ll lose to, you’ve got to try, because you never know what might happen. Plus those tougher guys will push you to where you need to be.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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