Moffat County's Issic Herod tries to set up a pin against Hayden's Michael Ferrier on Thursday at the Moffat County High School gym. Herod eventually got the pin in the 126-pound match, but Hayden won the dual, 32-30.

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Moffat County's Issic Herod tries to set up a pin against Hayden's Michael Ferrier on Thursday at the Moffat County High School gym. Herod eventually got the pin in the 126-pound match, but Hayden won the dual, 32-30.

Hayden nips Moffat County in thrilling Yampa Valley dual

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Hayden's Judd Magee tries to throw Devlyn Mosman to the mat in the 106-pound match Thursday at Moffat County High School. Magee came from behind to win, 6-5, and Hayden won the dual against Moffat County, 32-30.

Hayden-Moffat County dual results

106 pounds: Judd Magee (Hayden High School) 6-5 Devlyn Mosman (Moffat County High School)

113 pounds: Tyler Hockaday (Hayden) pin Jay Carrico (Moffat County)

120 pounds: Tyler Boyer (Hayden) 14-4 Garrett Uptain (Moffat County)

126 pounds: Issic Herod (Moffat County) pin Michael Ferrier (Hayden)

132 pounds: Matt Moschetti (Moffat County) 12-8 Tanner Guire (Hayden)

138 pounds: Brayden Peterson (Moffat County) pin Tyler Paxton (Hayden)

145 pounds: Kent Miller (Hayden) pin Mike Bingham (Moffat County)

152 pounds: Jesus Duarte (Moffat County) pin Tommy Wade (Hayden)

160 pounds: Stelios Peroulis (Moffat County) pin Garret Camilletti (Hayden)

170 pounds: Journey Vreeman (Hayden) 7-2 Brett Loyd (Moffat County)

182 pounds: Christian Carson (Hayden) 15-3 Brady Springer (Moffat County)

195 pounds: Jesse DeMoor (Moffat County) 6-5 Taylor Lewis (Hayden)

220 pounds: Hunter Rummel (Hayden), Moffat County forfeit

— From start to finish Thursday evening, the Moffat County and Hayden wrestling teams battled in a dual that couldn’t be decided until the final match.

The Bulldogs and Tigers treated a big crowd to some exciting wrestling in the Moffat County High School gym, with Hayden’s wrestlers going home winners by a 32-30 final score.

“There was some really good wrestling by both teams,” Hayden coach Chad Jones said. “Moffat County came out and wrestled tough. (Coach Tanner) Linsacum has them doing well.”

The dual between the Yampa Valley rivals started off tight, with a tense match going the distance in the 106-pound division. Hayden’s Judd Magee came from behind and scored a takedown in the third period to win a 6-5 decision against Devlyn Mosman.

Moffat County fell behind, 13-0, in team scoring after the first three matches, but sophomore Issic Herod got the team going with a pin in the 126-pound match.

In the next match, at 132 pounds, Moffat County’s Matt Moschetti took a 6-1 lead into the second period but found himself in danger of being pinned after he was caught by Tanner Guire while shooting in for a takedown. But after a few seconds of danger, the freshman got off his back and rebounded to win, 12-8.

“At first I was worried, but I was stronger than him, so I just worked my way out of it,” Moschetti said. “In the third, I just wanted to get the two points and then stall it out for a win.”

The dual was filled with good individual efforts for the Bulldogs even if it didn’t result in a win, Linsacum said.

“It’s the score at the end” that counts, he said. “Duals, you have to win as a team. That’s one of the great things about wrestling. Am I proud of the way a lot of our kids wrestled? Absolutely, but I would have liked to win the dual, too.”

Moffat County held a one-point lead entering the final match of the day, thanks to pins from Brayden Peterson, Jesus Duarte and Stelios Peroulis. But the Bulldogs needed a pin from Jesse DeMoor at 195 pounds to secure a win after giving up six forfeit points at 220 pounds.

DeMoor ended up in a battle for his life against Taylor Lewis in a matchup of state-ranked wrestlers. The Moffat County senior trailed, 3-5, entering the third period but scored an escape and takedown, and he just managed to keep Lewis from escaping to earn the 6-5 win.

“Individually, we’ve got some kids who came a long way,” Linsacum said. “I’m ecstatic to see where we’re at, especially coming off winter break.”

The battle between the U.S. Highway 40 neighbors attracted a good crowd from both sides, making Craig a fun environment for wrestling Thursday.

“It’s good to finally get together again and see that wrestling is still doing well in Northwest Colorado,” Jones said. “All in all, the kids wrestled really well. We squeaked out a win, but we’ll take it.”

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

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