Craig It’s the time of year for all the hard work of the Moffat County wrestlers to pay off.
The Colorado High School Activities Association released the brackets for every regional in each classification Wednesday, giving the Bulldogs their first glance at the road to the state tournament. With the top four wrestlers from each bracket qualifying to wrestle at the Pepsi Center from Feb. 20 to 22, several MCHS competitors have favorable seeding to get there.
Moffat County regional wrestlers
106 pounds: Devlyn Mosman
113 pounds: Jay Carrico
120 pounds: Issik Herod
126 pounds: Ryan Zimmerman
132 pounds: Matt Moschetti
138 pounds: Brayden Peterson
145 pounds: Mike Bingham
152 pounds: Hugo Hernandez
160 pounds: Stelios Peroulis
170 pounds: Brett Loyd
182 pounds: Jesse DeMoor
195 pounds: Brady Springer
220 pounds: Colton Yoast
285 pounds: Raiden Blackwing
Brayden Peterson is the team’s only top-seeded wrestler at the 3A Region 1 meet, which will take place Friday and Saturday at Middle Park High School in Granby. At 138 pounds, Peterson’s toughest test could come in the finals against Cedaredge wrestler Peter Williamson.
The two have wrestled once this season, with Peterson winning, 5-3, but despite the close result, the senior is confident he can get a win again.
“I gave up a reversal I shouldn’t have in that match,” he said. “He’s stronger than me, but that’s all he’s got. I’m faster, and I’ve got better technique. So if I can wear him out early in the match, I’ll be able to work my stuff and score.”
Jesse DeMoor is seeded second at 182 pounds, but he has pinned the top-seeded wrestler, Bryan Hegwood, of Grand Valley, all three times they’ve matched up this season. Hegwood took sixth at state last year, and Olathe wrestler Chayden Harris (seeded third) was ranked near DeMoor in the state rankings this season.
Those two likely would meet in the semifinals, and it would be a new match for both. But DeMoor is confident in his preparation and recent results.
“I’ve never even seen him before,” he said about Harris. “Not even from last year or anything. I just need to wrestle where I’ve been wrestling. I’ve got a good mentality right now.”
Stelios Peroulis and Issik Herod are slotted in the No. 3 spots at 160 and 120 pounds, respectively. Both have strong wrestlers they haven’t seen before seeded above them. For both, winning it all will require tough wrestling, but both are looking forward to the challenge.
Brett Loyd is the No. 2 seed in Region 1 at 170 pounds. Coal Ridge’s Christian Keith, who beat him recently at the Bulldogs’ home triangular, is the favorite to win at the regional. Freshman Devlyn Mosman is seeded third at 106 pounds but will have to beat Hotchkiss wrestler Jake Hubbell (21-2) to win it all. Wyatt Toothaker, of Cedaredge, is his top competition to make it into the finals.
Other young Moffat County wrestlers have difficult roads ahead to qualify, let alone win. In the 132-pound class, Matt Moschetti has had a good freshman season, but he will have to beat older wrestlers with better records to crack the top four.
“My first round will almost definitely be my hardest,” he said, referring to his likely matchup with top-seeded Austin Shank, of Olathe. “But on the back side (of the bracket), I’ve just got to see if I can catch some of those guys. Otherwise, it’s just work hard like I’ve been doing.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.