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Moffat County wrestlers on the warpath heading to Warrior Classic

Wins at weekend duals, JV tournament pump up Bulldog confidence

Moffat County High School wrestler Mikinzie Klimper stays on top of ThunderRidge's Zeke Johnson during the Tiger Duals in Grand Junction. The MCHS varsity team took multiple wins during the event and will head back to Grand Junction this weekend for the Warrior Classic hosted by Central High School

The remedy for the wintertime doldrums is to get active, and the Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School wrestlers are making sure they’ve earned their upcoming seasonal break. wrestlers are making sure they've earned their upcoming seasonal break.

Moffat County High School wrestlers are making sure they've earned their upcoming seasonal break.

The Bulldogs will complete the 2015 portion of their schedule this weekend as they head into their one of their most competitive weekends — the Warrior Classic for the varsity-level athletes and the Fruita Monument JV Tournament.

The Warrior, hosted Friday and Saturday by Grand Junction's Central High School, serves as the Western Slope's gathering of greatness in the first half of the season, as the grapplers who will make the biggest mark show their skills on the mat.

The event is a good indicator of which teams in the area will be threats as the year progresses, and it's not unusual to see those who claim a championship at Warrior make it all the way to state.

The nearby Fruita tourney may be smaller, but with up-and-coming younger kids in the sport, it can also showcase a lot of talent. This past weekend was a good example of the Bulldogs' underclassmen capabilities, with two Moffat County JV wrestlers taking championship honors at the Rifle JV Tournament.

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Freshman Isiah Herod won the 106-pound bracket, and sophomore Ethan Powers was first in 126 for the second consecutive year. Isiah went 3-0 in the event, winning all his matches by falls, while Powers was 4-0 with two pins.

Greg Hixson finished 3-2 on the day among 132-pound competitors, and Tristen Walls went 2-2 in the 138 division, both taking all their wins via pin.

Elsewhere that day, varsity was completing a long day at the Tiger Duals hosted by Grand Junction High School, meeting with a list of teams that included Montezuma Cortez, ThunderRidge, Eagle Valley and Grand Junction, beating them all in total points, 44-27, 33-23, 42-36 and 52-6, respectively.

Chris Moschetti remains undefeated after the weekend, and every Bulldog was the victor in at least one match, including Karson Cox, Ryan Zimmerman, John T Peroulis, Issik Herod, Mikinzie Klimper, Hugo Hernandez, Stelios Peroulis, Trevor Kuhn and Frankie Masterson.

The duals were only a day after a night of competition with a triangular hosted by Hotchkiss that also featured Rangely. The hectic sequence of events would have also included a single dual at home against Hayden this week, but that has since been rescheduled for January.

"I think it'll work out fine," said Mark Voloshin, assistant coach for MCHS, of the change in plans. "Thursday, we'll be able to practice early, so it's not a dead day or anything; we'll be active."

Senior Issik Herod is more than ready for the Warrior.

"Just looking forward to wrestling hard and trying to place," he said.

The pre-Christmas event is one that will keep the Bulldogs on their toes heading into two weeks without competition. With nearly 40 teams from across Colorado and even out-of-state attending, the Dogs will have plenty to keep them busy.

"You win that, you've really won something," Voloshin said of the tournament.

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