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Endurance pays off for Moffat County wrestlers

Stelios Peroulis places 1st at Warrior Classic; JV takes two 2nd-place honors in Fruita

Moffat County High School senior Stelios Peroulis

Dec. 25 may not have come yet, but one of the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School varsity wrestlers got his Christmas present early. varsity wrestlers got his Christmas present early.

Moffat County High School varsity wrestlers got his Christmas present early.

MCHS's Stelios Peroulis went 4-0 over the weekend at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction to claim a championship in the 220-pound weight class.

With the final bout, Stelios faced off against Brendon Hopkins, of Green River, Wyoming, an opponent with only one loss on the season at that point, who, like many of his teammates had mowed through the tournament for a first place group finish, Hopkins taking four straight triumphs by pin, one of which was done in 28 seconds.

The senior Bulldog was the only one on his team remaining in the running for first place, fresh off a sudden victory win over Ethan Barnes of the Norwood/Nucla group in the semifinals and was ready to make it a perfect series after moving up from 195 into a heavier weight class.

Moffat County got points up first as Stelios claimed a takedown in the first period, but Hopkins got one point for an escape, evening up the tally in the second period through the same tactic.

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"I was just waiting for the third period, waiting for him to make a mistake," Stelios later noted.

As the final stretch came around, Stelios wooed the crowd with a reversal, and while Hopkins was able to get credit for another successful escape, a third takedown by the MCHS powerhouse gave him the title by a 6-3 decision.

"I almost got him in a pin, but I got him on his back," he said happily.

The Warrior championship was the first in four years of high school, Stelios taking sixth at the tourney as a sophomore and having to sit out with an injury as a junior, though both years saw him compete at state.

As a whole, Moffat County ended the night in 10th place out of 38 teams according to scoring site TrackwrestlingTrackwrestling, with two more Bulldogs placing as well., with two more Bulldogs placing as well.

Trackwrestling, with two more Bulldogs placing as well.

Sophomore Mikinzie Klimper went 3-0 Friday in the 170 class, but a 6-3 decision loss to eventual champion TJ Shelton, of Meeker, in the semifinals put him in the consolation bracket. Klimper pinned Rocky Mountain's Jake Hansen for a second round win and a shot at third place, but he was outlasted, 10-4, by Grand Junction's Seth Latham, taking fourth.

Junior Hugo Hernandez had the longest weekend of anyone on the varsity roster, 2-1 on the first day and fighting hard Saturday, opening the morning with a fall over Tucker Bartels, of Uintah, and a 5-2 decision win against Green River's Blake Waite.

Montrose's Travis MacGregor put Hernandez out of consideration for the 182 bronze, but a final match allowed the Bulldog to win fifth place due to a forfeit by Salomon Chavez, of Center, the same wrestler who defeated him in the championship quarterfinals.

Stelios is now 16-1 this season, 4-0 in the tournament, Klimper 15-4, 4-2, and Hernandez 17-3, 5-2.

The rest of the Bulldog varsity boys saw a variety of victories and losses over the weekend to contribute to their team placementsaw a variety of victories and losses over the weekend to contribute to their team placement, Issik Herod 3-2 with two pins; Isaiah Herod 1-2, one pin; Chris Moschetti 2-2; Ryan Zimmerman 1-2, one pin; John T Peroulis 1-2, one pin; Drake Zimmerman 2-2, one pin; Trevor Kuhn 0-2, one bye; Frankie Masterson 1-2, one pin., Issik Herod 3-2 with two pins; Isaiah Herod 1-2, one pin; Chris Moschetti 2-2; Ryan Zimmerman 1-2, one pin; John T Peroulis 1-2, one pin; Drake Zimmerman 2-2, one pin; Trevor Kuhn 0-2, one bye; Frankie Masterson 1-2, one pin.

saw a variety of victories and losses over the weekend to contribute to their team placement, Issik Herod 3-2 with two pins; Isaiah Herod 1-2, one pin; Chris Moschetti 2-2; Ryan Zimmerman 1-2, one pin; John T Peroulis 1-2, one pin; Drake Zimmerman 2-2, one pin; Trevor Kuhn 0-2, one bye; Frankie Masterson 1-2, one pin.

Not far from Central High School, the junior varsity lineup was getting some good wins at the Fruita Monument JV Tournament, taking 12th out of 19 teams.

Sophomores Ethan Powers and Toryn Hume each finished with some silver in the 126- and 195-pound classes, respectively. Powers claimed two falls during a 3-1 day before a 10-5 decision that gave the gold to Ben Heckenkamp, of Douglas County.

Hume got a first round bye, then pinned two contenders from Green River and Olathe before being felled by Fruita's Joe Garcia.

Jefferson Piatt took three straight wins in the 145, two by pin, before injury default calls went against him in the semifinals and the consolation round, while 138's Tristen Walls went 1-2, starting with an 11-1 major decision over Grand Junction's Josiah Reyes, and Greg Hixson was 2-2, his wins 4-3 and 8-3 decisions in the 132 bracket.

Upcoming events for MCHS wrestlers are the Tournament of Champions Jan. 8 and 9 in Vernal, Utah, the Mel Smith Husky Invitational Jan. 15 and 16 in Florence and Rangely's Vern Rose Memorial for JV Jan. 16.

The grapplers will host their first home meet of the season Jan. 21 as a triangular between the Bulldogs, Hayden and Basalt.

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