Coming back from its first matches of the season with a losing record, it still wasn’t all gloom and doom for the Moffat County wrestling team.
The Bulldogs took part in the Mesa duals at Colorado Mesa University over the weekend, taking other teams from the Western Slope and returning to Craig with a 2-3 record. While it wasn’t the perfect start to the season some envisioned, there was good to take away from the matches.
Moffat County won its first two duals over Round Valley High School from Edgar, Ariz. and then Olathe. The Bulldogs then took on and lost to 4A opponents Montrose and Delta, before losing their final dual to Paonia, the defending 2A state champion.
“It could have been better, could have been worse I guess,” said head coach Tanner Linsacum. “We won a couple and lost three, so that’s not quite where we wanted to be but we saw some tough teams.”
In each dual, Moffat County surrendered twelve points at the two highest weight classes, where it doesn’t have wrestlers. In addition, they fielded several freshmen and sophomores against more experienced grapplers from their opponents, but Linsacum didn’t want to use either item as an excuse.
“Some of our kids had some eye-opening experiences on what varsity is like,” he said. “We don’t have the experience, so at this point it’s somewhat to be expected. Sleeping on it you realize it’s not as bad as it seems right away, but I still want my guys to know, a freshman wrestling a junior, that’s still a guy the same size and near the same age as you. You can’t just get handled by him.”
No Bulldog went undefeated through their five matches, so each is returning to Craig with something to work on. Across the board, Linsacum wants to see more offense.
“A hundred percent, we need to work on our offense honestly,” he said. “Attacking more and being more aggressive, not waiting for things to happen. As a whole we need to work on that. Then the other thing is getting off the bottom.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.