Ashlee Griffiths tries to work her opponent into a pin during the 113-lb. match between Moffat County and Grand Valley Thursday night at MCHS. Griffiths did get the pin, but Moffat County fell to Grand Valley, 39-30.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Ashlee Griffiths tries to work her opponent into a pin during the 113-lb. match between Moffat County and Grand Valley Thursday night at MCHS. Griffiths did get the pin, but Moffat County fell to Grand Valley, 39-30.

Moffat wrestlers come up short vs. Grand Valley

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Shandon Hadley wrestles Grand Valley's Ricardo Malta Thursday at Moffat County High School. Hadley lost to Malta in the 132-lb. match.

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Ricardo Malta of Grand Valley pins Shandon Hadley during their match Thursday night at Moffat County High School. The Cardinals beat the Bulldogs, 39-30.

Moffat County vs. Grand Valley wrestling results

(Weight-Result)

106-GV Cody Pfau pin MC Garrett Uptain

113-MC Ashlee Griffiths pin GV Jacob Hegwood

132-GV Ricardo Malta pin MC Shandon Hadley

138-MC Brayden Peterson pin Miguel Valles

145-GV George Stagg pin Stelios Peroulis

152-GV Will Hinkle 19-9 MC Jacob Teeter

160-GV Michael Salazar pin MC Curtis Dunlap

170-GV Bryan Hegwood pin MC Brady Springer

In its first home meet of two this season, the Moffat County High School's wrestling team’s debut in Craig didn’t quite go as planned.

The Bulldogs didn’t have their full arsenal of wrestlers competing due to injuries or a lack of an opponent from Grand Valley, and lost to the Cardinals, 39-30.

But that only slightly dampened an otherwise raucous evening in the MCHS gym.

Through each match, an energetic crowd added more intensity to the competition on the mat. The effect was not lost on head coach Roman Gutierrez.

“I have to say thank you for the kids,” Gutierrez said. “The crowd was really good tonight, and I appreciate that.”

The Bulldogs and Cardinals exchanged pins in seven of the eight matches of the day, with the only weight going the distance being a 19-9 win for Grand Valley’s Will Hinkle over Jacob Teeter of Moffat County.

Each team was missing one of its top wrestlers, with Garrett Stewart sidelined with a neck injury for the Bulldogs and Tucker Schultz out for Grand Valley. With neither team fielding a full roster, five weights also went by way of forfeit.

But the matches that did take place had their share of intensity. While many of the results went Grand Valley’s way, the Bulldogs also had their highlights.

Brayden Peterson and Ashlee Griffiths each earned pins in their matches, wrestling at 138-lbs and 113-lbs, respectively. Peterson said he had no intention of losing in front of the home crowd for the first time this season.

“It was a home dual so I had to win in front of the home crowd,” he said. “It helps you because you don’t want to lose in front of them. It motivates you.”

This was Moffat County’s first meet during its toughest month of practice. Gutierrez said during January, the Bulldogs focus on conditioning to be at their best at the end of the season.

“We didn’t wrestle as well as we have, but that’s going to happen right now because we’re working the tar out of them,” Gutierrez said. “You may have noticed some of the kids were running out of gas. We worked them really hard this week and we’ll continue through January.”

The Bulldogs wrestle next weekend at Green River High School, and will host another event in Craig Jan. 31 vs. Coal Ridge and Steamboat Springs high schools.

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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