With one week left in its regular season, Moffat County wrestling is picking up steam.
After a difficult dual Tuesday night against Meeker, the Bulldogs wrestled three duals Thursday, posting a 2-1 record and having one of their best nights of the year despite being shorthanded.
“We probably wrestled as good as we’ve wrestled all year,” said head coach Tanner Linsacum.
Moffat County took on Grand Valley, Basalt and Cedaredge without its usual varsity wrestlers at 106, 126, 138 and 220 pounds, but came up with great results anyway. Both Grand Valley and Basalt came with about half a team of wrestlers and produced forfeit points, but Moffat County won most of the matches wrestled anyway for two easy wins. The Bulldogs lost by a small margin to Cedaredge, but Linsacum was happy with the way his team took on one of the best on the Western Slope.
“The dual of the night was with Cedaredge. We were just tooth and nail with them the whole way,” he said. “Our kids wrestled their butts off, and we ended up losing, but through all our injuries we were with them.”
There were good results for Moffat County all around. Stelios Peroulis beat a Grand Valley wrestler who had bested him twice earlier in the season, and Jesse DeMoor beat another Cardinal who is ranked higher than him in the state.
Even some wrestlers who have been at the junior varsity level most of the year impressed their coach. John Peroulis and Ryan Zimmerman, competing at 106 and 126 lbs., respectively, “kept the momentum going for the team by wrestling long, hard matches,” Linsacum said.
The wins against Basalt and Grand Valley were expected, but wrestling with a depleted roster and competing against Cedaredge showed Linsacum that being one of the best teams in the 3A region is Moffat County’s goal.
The Bulldogs have one night of competition left before the tournament begins, a senior night triangular in Craig next Friday vs. Battle Mountain and so and so. Then it’s the regional tournament the following weekend.
“It’s been a tough road. Tuesday wasn’t easy and then we had to wrestle three times tonight,” Linsacum said. “We finally get a little breathing room, we’re looking forward to a good senior night and then we’ll make our push to regionals.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.