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Moffat County grapplers back from Nevada

Nate Waggenspack

Brayden Peterson of Moffat County High School tries to pin an opponent last weekend in Las Vegas. Peterson and the Bulldogs wrestled at the Centennial Bulldog Grappler tournament.

The Moffat County High School wrestling team returned from a tournament in Las Vegas last weekend and will now set its sights on the meat of its regular season.

The Bulldogs competed Jan. 4 and 5 at the Centennial Bulldog Grappler at Centennial High School in Las Vegas, a 20-team tournament featuring teams from multiple states.

Moffat County represented itself well in both the team and individual competitions.

Friday consisted of a day of duals against other schools, while Saturday held 16-person individual tournaments in for each weight class.

The Bulldogs went a perfect 4-0 Friday, dispatching Legacy High School 42-24, Palo Verde High School 42-27, Sierra Vista High School 42-30 and Las Vegas High School 48-24. They followed that up with five top-five finishes out of ten wrestlers Saturday in the individual tournaments.

Head coach Roman Gutierrez said it was overall a good weekend and a positive way to end winter break.

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"We got to see a lot of good individual kids on Saturday," Gutierrez said. "We lost a lot of close matches. The kids were a bit disappointed, but it's something they learned from though, about how to close a match. I was real pleased with the way we wrestled."

The Bulldogs faced four teams in duals which, similar to them, didn't field a wrestler in every single class. As a result, they didn't lose as many free points and were able to pick up wins.

In the tournaments, seniors Garrett Stewart and Jacob Teeter each took fourth in the 145 and 152-lb classes, respectively, while Ashlee Griffiths (113-lbs), Braden Peterson (138) and Jesse Demoor (182) each were fifth.

It was another good opportunity for the Bulldogs to go against some strong competition, Gutierrez said.

"The teams we had in our pool were kind of like us," he said. "Then on Saturday of course all the brackets were full and there were some good kids. It's great that we get to see that caliber of kids at this time of the year."

The Bulldogs return to the mat for competition this week with their first matches at home. They will host Grand Valley at 5 p.m. Thursday in the MCHS gym.

Gutierrez before the season said it would take until at least mid-January to see the team's younger wrestlers make big strides. Assistant coach Mark Voloshin has seen the improvement, but figures it still won't show across the board for a couple weeks.

"We probably haven't improved as fast as I'd like to see, but we are improving," Voloshin said. "I really think we don't see the signs of improvement until about February. The main thing we're concerned for with this period is the training. Significant gains probably won't be more visible until February."

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Results from the Centennial Bulldog Grappler


MCHS 42 -Legacy 24

MCHS 42 – Palo Verde 28

MCHS 48 – Sierra Vista 30

MCHS 42 – Las Vegas 24

Individual Records in Tournament of 16

Garrett Uptain 106 lbs. 0-2

Ashlee Griffiths 113 3-2

Shandon Hadley 132 2-2

Brayden Peterson 138 2-2

Garrett Stewart 145 4-2

Jacob Teeter 152 3-2

Curtis Dunlap 160 1-2

Brady Spring 170 0-2

Jesse Demoor 182 2-2

Curtis Bowser 285 1-2

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