Brayden Peterson works for position against Coal Ridge's Michael Shaw Thursday night at Moffat County High School. Peterson would lose to Shaw, 6-5, but come back with a 25-second pin in his match against Steamboat Springs.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Brayden Peterson works for position against Coal Ridge's Michael Shaw Thursday night at Moffat County High School. Peterson would lose to Shaw, 6-5, but come back with a 25-second pin in his match against Steamboat Springs.

Moffat County wrestling goes 2-0 in final home duals

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Moffat County freshman Shandon Hadley squares off with Steamboat Springs High School's Nathan Parks on Thursday in Craig.

Wrestling results from MCHS

Dual scores

Moffat County 48, Coal Ridge 19

Moffat County 38, Steamboat Springs 24

Individual records

Issik Herod, 2-0

Shandon Hadley, 0-1

Brayden Peterson, 1-1

Garrett Stewart, 1-0

Danny Wilbur, 0-2

Curtis Dunlap, 1-1

Brady Springer, 1-1

Jesse Demoor, 2-0

Cory Summers, 0-1

Curtis Bowser, 1-1

Moffat County High School's grapplers closed January with a bang Thursday in Craig.

Moffat County hosted its final home wrestling competition of the season in the MCHS gym, a triangular of duals with Coal Ridge and Highway 40 rival Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs, who have struggled at recent meets in Green River, Wyo. and Rifle, turned it around and picked up two wins, beating Coal Ridge, 48-19, and Steamboat, 38-24.

It was a night of several highlights for the Bulldogs, including 2-0 performances from Issik Herod and Jesse Demoor. Demoor got a quick pin in his first match against Coal Ridge’s Nelson Bell, but looked to be in trouble against Brandon Yeager of Steamboat Springs before turning it around and getting a pin late in the second round.

“The second (match) I made a lot of mistakes, but then I just went to my back a bunch, and you’ve got to fight,” Demoor said. “You don’t worry about the score. You’ve just got to think straight, and don’t ever stop fighting.”

Brady Springer also scored a pin against Coal Ridge after being behind 7-1 in the match. In his final home match of his career Garrett Stewart got a major decision, a 10-2 win over Steamboat’s Dane Koepfer.

MCHS coach Roman Gutierrez was happy to see his senior win at home.

“It was good to finish up (with wins), especially for Garrett wrestling his last home meet,” Gutierrez said. “Those are always memorable matches.”

In the other dual of the day, Coal Ridge beat Steamboat, 36-30, and every match ended with a pin. Coal Ridge took the lead in the early weight classes, but Steamboat scored pins in the later weights, where many of their upperclassmen wrestle.

“All those guys are coming along pretty well, my juniors and seniors,” Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said. “We worked on some stuff in practice and they used that on the mat tonight. Brandon (Yeager) wrestled two good matches, he just got caught against Craig.”

Connor O’Brien and Cole Sittig each went 2-0 in the 170 and 285-lb classes, respectively. For much of the rest of the team, Yeager is hoping they will gain in confidence in time for the postseason.

“We were lacking a little confidence, so we just need to get our confidence up,” he said. “This part of the season you’ve got to wrestle with confidence and hopefully we’ll pull it together.”

Moffat County was not at full strength due to injury tonight, but once again it didn't make a difference. Since regular 113-lb performer Ashlee Griffiths suffered a concussion, Herod has stepped in and gone 5-0.

Gutierrez lit up when talking about Herod's performance.

“He hasn’t been beat since Ashlee left,” Gutierrez said. “He wrestled well and he’s one that doesn’t put himself in a lot of predicaments. He puts himself in good position to win a match, and that’s what he’s done. It’s good for him.”

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

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