Moffat County coaches celebrate Jay Carrico’s victory against Steamboat Springs' Ethan Labriola in Tuesday night’s dual at the Kelly Meek Gymnasium. The Bulldogs held on in the final contest of the night to win the dual, 42-39.

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Moffat County coaches celebrate Jay Carrico’s victory against Steamboat Springs' Ethan Labriola in Tuesday night’s dual at the Kelly Meek Gymnasium. The Bulldogs held on in the final contest of the night to win the dual, 42-39.

Moffat County beats Steamboat Springs in back-and-forth wrestling dual

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Steamboat Springs' Brandon Yeager battles in a tight match with Moffat County's Jesse Demoor in Tuesday night's dual inside the Kelly Meek Gymnasium at Steamboat Springs High School. Yeager won the match, but the Sailors lost the dual, 42-39.

Moffat County-Steamboat wrestling dual results

106 pounds: Devlyn Mosman (MCHS) pin Colton Pasternack (SSHS)

113 pounds: Jay Carrico (MCHS) pin Ethan Labriola (SSHS)

120 pounds: Dakota Thvedt (SSHS) pin Garret Uptain (MCHS)

126 pounds: Colton Crawford (SSHS) pin Ryan Zimmerman (MCHS)

132 pounds: Issic Herod (MCHS) pin Will Anderson (SSHS)

138 pounds: Matthew Harrison (SSHS) pin Matt Moschetti (MCHS)

145 pounds: Brayden Peterson (MCHS) pin Gage Reynolds (SSHS)

152 pounds: Steamboat forfeit

160 pounds: Steamboat forfeit

170 pounds: Brett Loyd (MCHS) pin Dylan Wallace (SSHS)

182 pounds: Connor O’Brien (SSHS) pin Brady Springer (MCHS)

195 pounds: Brandon Yeager (SSHS) 13-9 Jesse Demoor (MCHS)

220 pounds: Devin Scanlon (SSHS) pin Cory Summers (MCHS)

285 pounds: Moffat forfeit

In a competitive night of wrestling for Northwest Colorado rivals, it came down to the final match of the night to name a winner.

Moffat County and Steamboat Springs traded pins in their wrestling dual Tuesday in Steamboat before Moffat’s Devlyn Mosman scored a pin in the 106-pound match, which was wrestled last, to give the Bulldogs a 42-39 win against the Sailors. It was the kind of back-and-forth dual that is good for spectators but doesn’t always produce what the coaches want.

“We squeaked it out,” said Moffat County coach Tanner Linsacum. “It was definitely exciting, but it wasn’t quite what we were looking for.”

Every match but one ended with a pin as Linsacum said he was hoping for more results in Moffat County’s favor.

“We’re still not being as aggressive as I want, and I don’t know if that’s part of being young, but we need to be more confident in our offense and our hard work,” he said.

The 195-pound class was the only contest to go the distance, with Steamboat’s Brandon Yeager winning a minor decision over Jesse Demoor. Demoor had come from behind to pin Yeager when they wrestled the previous year, and the two continued their tight rivalry.

Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said he liked the aggression his wrestlers, many of whom are young, have demonstrated in the early going.

“I’m pretty happy with my boys,” he said. “We ended up giving up two forfeits and (Craig) gave up one, so head to head we came out on top. We’ve got quite a few freshmen filling those weights, and my boys wrestled really good.”

Yeager said it was one of the loudest duals in years in Kelly Meek Gymnasium, with both schools drawing large crowds to the event.

“My son, Brandon, he got to wrestle in front of a big crowd for really the first time, and he was pretty excited about that,” he said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to put a dual meet together like that. Maybe this little rivalry (between Moffat County and Steamboat) can get back into business.”

Both coaches agreed that with lots of young wrestlers on their rosters, there could be some more tight duals to come.

“I was hoping we would win a little bigger, but Steamboat, to their credit, they’re coming up,” Linsacum said. “That’s going to be good for Northwest Colorado. There’s going to be some battles in the years to come.”

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

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