Wrestling regionals are next weekend, and Moffat County had one of its best nights of the season Friday, looking like it’s ready for the tournament.
The Bulldogs hosted Battle Mountain and Coal Ridge for a triangular and senior night Friday and earned wins against both teams, 64-14 vs. Battle Mountain and 60-18 against Coal Ridge.
In the process, there were good wins and tough matches by the Bulldogs the whole way.
Senior captains Brayden Peterson and Jesse DeMoor went a combined 3-0, all victories coming by way of pin. Peterson has been battling a hip injury and wrestled for the first time in a few weeks. He said he felt good and enjoyed the crowd.
“I’d beat him before, and he’s a young kid,” Peterson said of his opponent, Eddie Bays of Coal Ridge.
“He came out like a ball of fire, but once I got him on the ground, I just went for the pin. I didn’t think it would do any good to wrestle longer.”
Of his senior night, Peterson said, “it was a good one. We had a lot of people and they were loud, so I had fun.”
Moffat County fielded a full team for the first time this season and the first time in years, thanks to the efforts of seniors Colton Yoast and Raiden Blackwing. The two, both brand new to the sport and additions to the team within the past month, were pinned after fighting well into the third period.
It was results like that, where the Bulldogs stayed tough throughout a match even when they lost, that had head coach Tanner Linsacum happy when the night was over.
“We wrestled to our potential tonight,” he said. “Our freshmen wrestled really tough and with senior night and everything going on, we came out and wrestled well — we weren’t flat in our first dual. And we had a full team, which shows our kids have stuck it out all season and want to be here. I think that’s a great tribute to them.”
The Bulldogs got forfeit points in both duals but won the majority of their matches anyway. Stelios Peroulis picked up two more wins, while Issik Herod wrestled one of the more exciting matches of the night, falling behind early before coming back to get a pin in the third period.
“Right at the start I knew it was going to be a good one,” Herod said after beating Coal Ridge’s Lane Nelson. “I was telling myself ‘I can’t lose this one, everybody else has been winning.’”
Now Moffat County sets its sights on the regional meet next Friday and Saturday in Granby. The Bulldogs are looking to send as many wrestlers to state as possible and hope to have a couple wrestlers atop the podium when the tournament is done.
Linsacum likes where his team sits now.
“We’re right where we want to be as far as getting ready for next week,” he said.
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.