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Moffat County wrestlers ready for action

It didn't take long for Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School wrestlers to get back on their feet, ready for another exciting season, and that’s exactly what their coaches want to see. wrestlers to get back on their feet, ready for another exciting season, and that's exactly what their coaches want to see.

Moffat County High School wrestlers to get back on their feet, ready for another exciting season, and that's exactly what their coaches want to see.

The Bulldogs are gaining strength and speed in the first few weeks of practice as they focus on a slate of meets that will test their mettle, and head coach Tanner Linsacum believes his team is more than up to the challenge.

"I think this going to be the best year to date since I've been here," Linsacum said. "These kids are hard workers, know what they're doing, real good leadership."

In his third year as an MCHS coach, Linsacum — joined in overseeing the program by Daniel Cramblett, Mark Voloshin and Mark Zimmerman — knows his athletes quite well by now, and their progress season by season continues to impress him.

"At this point, we're pretty experienced, so we're going right into it, we're not doing a lot of technique, we're doing a lot of drilling, which is kind of exciting because we don't have to slow things down much," he said. "These kids really know it well without review."

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An emphasis on physical brawn and power, helped along by weight training equipment, is also part of the regimen in preparing for a schedule that includes familiar events like Grand Junction's Warrior Classic and newer bouts like tournaments in Florence and Vernal, Utah, as well as several home duals, the first of which is with Hayden Dec. 17.

About 20 fill out the roster so far, all competing to be one of 14 who will compete at the varsity level, the majority of whom return from last year, though the few underclassmen have plenty of potential.

"We've got some good freshmen," Linsacum said. "I think everybody has a shot to go to state. Our biggest goal is staying optimistic, staying positive, learning from everything good and bad."

With coaches having a great deal of involvement with Craig Middle School's team, as well as younger tiers like Bad Dogs Wrestling and Moffat County Youth Wrestling, local kids are rising through the ranks of Northwest Colorado grappling.

MCHS freshman Zach Patterson is one who wrestled with MCYW and CMS, now old enough to be at the big time.

"These are going to be some pretty big guys, I wrestle 140 and there's going to be seniors in that bracket, so I'm gonna have to bring my game face," he said.

Last season saw five Bulldogs place at regionals, with Issik Herod taking home the 3A Region 4 championshipIssik Herod taking home the 3A Region 4 championship and moving onto state, and moving onto state, Mikinzie Klimper and Stelios Peroulis also competing at the top echelonMikinzie Klimper and Stelios Peroulis also competing at the top echelon..

Issik Herod taking home the 3A Region 4 championship and moving onto state, Mikinzie Klimper and Stelios Peroulis also competing at the top echelon.

"I feel pretty strong coming into this year, I've been doing a lot of lifting," Herod said. "We've got a pretty good, solid team this year."

Another trip to the Pepsi Center is all Herod can think about in his senior season, with the goal of being in the top three in his weight class, ideally as the one standing highest on the podium when the final awards are distributed. Though he plans to stay strong on the mat throughout the season, it's hard not to stay fixated on what's to come in February.

"You want a decent record, and that's what I want, but I can lose all my matches up until then, as long as I've learned something," he said. "Placing at state is my main goal."

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