Moffat County junior Brayden Peterson wrestles with an opponent over the weekend at the Bill Thoman Invite in Green River, Wyo. Peterson went 3-2 on the weekend, while the team was 1-4 in duals.

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Moffat County junior Brayden Peterson wrestles with an opponent over the weekend at the Bill Thoman Invite in Green River, Wyo. Peterson went 3-2 on the weekend, while the team was 1-4 in duals.

Moffat County wrestling entering season's final month

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Results from Green River

Team Scores

Uintah 70, Moffat County 12

Riverton 59, Moffat County 18

Central 63, Moffat County 12

Lander Valley 46, Moffat County 36

Moffat County 48, East 33

Individual Records

Garret Uptain 2-2

Ashlee Griffiths 1-3

Shandon Hadley 2-3

Brayden Peterson 3-2

Garrett Stewart 3-2

Jacob Teeter 2-2

Curtis Dunlap 0-3

Jesse Demoor 2-2

Brady Springer 0-4

Corban Shipman 0-1

Cory Summers 0-5

Curtis Bowser 0-4

The Moffat County wrestlers had a difficult weekend going against some tough competition in Wyoming last Friday and Saturday.

The Bulldogs attended the Bill Thoman Invite at Green River High School in Green River, Wyo., and participated in five duals over the course of two days. They came out of the weekend with a 1-4 record going against teams from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.

While Moffat County gave up free points in all its matches due to open weight classes, the Bulldogs also lost a majority of their matches. While they were going up against strong competition, Roman Gutierrez said more matches should have gone Moffat County’s way.

“We still have some kids where we’re ahead in the third period and we can’t close out a match,” Gutierrez said. “We’re either getting pinned or getting beat in the end. We’re just going to have to learn how to close out a match when we’re ahead like that. Bail out of bad situations.”

Gutierrez said the issue is one that usually is corrected over time with experience. Because Moffat County fields many freshman and sophomore wrestlers, they don’t have the luxury of experience across the board.

“They’re young kid mistakes,” he said. “But if we want to go a little farther in the region, those mistakes have to be cleared up. They hold on that one or two seconds too long and it costs them the match.”

The Bulldogs head to Rifle Saturday for a ten-team wrestling tournament, then have a two more sets of duals before regionals begin Feb. 15. With less than a month until the postseason, Gutierrez said the team is focused on its conditioning for a couple more weeks before tapering for the end of the year.

“We have to clear up some little mistakes and hopefully we can do that,” he said. “We’re still focusing on the conditioning part and getting their legs underneath them in February.”

It will also help Moffat County’s cause to be fully healthy. The Bulldogs have wrestled without Brayden Peterson and Garrett Stewart at various times this year, and most recently will be missing Ashlee Griffiths after she suffered a concussion in Green River.

Griffiths said she should be back within a couple weeks, though, giving the Bulldogs their best lineup heading into the region meet.

With health and good conditioning, it will all be about getting the wrestlers’ heads in the right place.

“We also want to start building them up mentally,” Gutierrez said. “Physically they’ll be fine, but we’ll have young kids who need it a little more mentally. You can’t wrestle not to lose (at regionals), you wrestle to win.”

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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