Matt Moschetti wrestles an opponent at the Rocky Mountain Nationals Middle School State Meet on Saturday in Denver. Five wrestlers from Craig Middle School competed in the event, but none made the podium. Moschetti and Hugo Hernandez came up one match short at 120 and 135 pounds, respectively.

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Matt Moschetti wrestles an opponent at the Rocky Mountain Nationals Middle School State Meet on Saturday in Denver. Five wrestlers from Craig Middle School competed in the event, but none made the podium. Moschetti and Hugo Hernandez came up one match short at 120 and 135 pounds, respectively.

Middle School wrestlers compete at state

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Members of the Craig Middle School wrestling team competed at the toughest wrestling meet in Colorado over the weekend and came up shy of the final podium.

Five local wrestlers competed at the Rocky Mountain Nationals Colorado Middle School State meet in Denver. The meet hosted brackets of up to 64 wrestlers from all across the state and from schools of all sizes.

All five Bulldogs qualified for the meet by placing in the top eight in the previous competition, the Regional IX meet in Grand Junction. While they had high hopes going in, the CMS wrestlers came up short of the top six in the state.

Devlyn Mosman, wrestling at 100 pounds, went 1-2 in his matches for the Bulldogs, winning his first match in the main bracket but then falling in the next two.

Matt Moschetti (120 pounds) had one of the better runs for CMS. He lost in the round of 16 in the main bracket but rattled off four straight wins after that, finally losing one match shy of qualifying for the fifth-place match.

Drake Zimmerman and Mikinzie Klimper each went 2-2 at 125 and 130 pounds, respectively.

Hugo Hernandez also came up just short of the top six. Hernandez advanced to the round of eight in the main bracket before losing, and won again on the consolation side, but lost in his next match to William Turner of La Junta, who would end up taking third overall.

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com

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