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Race to state starts today for wrestling team

Moffat County High School gets ready for regional tournament in Denver

Ben Bulkeley

Cody Adams, top, grapples with Ben Winslow during wrestling practice Wednesday night at the Moffat County High School wrestling room. The team will wrestle at the regional tournament today and Saturday at Mullen High School in Denver.

For Moffat County High School junior Ben Winslow, today's regional wrestling tournament is just the beginning.

Moffat County's 215-pound entrant hopes a good weekend can lead to a better month.

"I just want to place at regionals, and make it to state," he said. "My main focus is on regionals, though. I don't want to put the wagon in front of the horse."

Winslow and the varsity wrestling team will try to fill out their state roster at 1 p.m. today and 9 a.m. Saturday when they wrestle at Mullen High School in Denver.

Winslow, who has accumulated a 19-16 record this season, said it has been a year of improvement.

"This year has been a lot better than last year," he said. "I've been facing much tougher kids. The highlight was probably wrestling at the Warrior Classic. I went 2-2, but both kids I beat were pretty tough."

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Last year, Cody Adams finished sixth in the 171-pound class at the regional meet.

Adams, now wrestling at 189 pounds, said he made the required adjustments to finish the regular season this year with a mark of 33-5 and 20 pins.

"This year, I'm faster, more flexible, stronger," he said.

Adams said he has big plans in Mullen.

"I want to take first at regionals and make it to state," he said. "Then, I'll just do the best I can do and see where I can place."

Any wrestlers able to place fourth or better at the regional tournament will qualify for the Feb. 18 to 20 state meet at the Pepsi Center in Denver.

But to get there, Moffat County will have to go through the Western division bracket.

The Bulldogs will be pitted against Roosevelt, Montrose, Western Slope League champion Palisade, Battle Mountain, Delta, Eagle Valley, Glenwood Springs, Montezuma-Cortez, Mullen, Palmer Ridge, Rifle, Steamboat Springs, Summit, Thomas Jefferson, Valor Christian and Vista Ridge.

Moffat County will be without Kye Adams, Matt Linsacum and Jacob Blevins because of injuries.

As a whole, the Bulldogs have performed well this season. Four wrestlers earned more than 30 wins, but injuries stretched the roster thin at times.

But, most of Moffat County's top performers will make it to the mat today.

Charlie Griffiths (35-6), Nathan Tomlin (34-1), Scott Mann (32-12) and Adams (33-5) have had solid years in their weight classes, while Cody Nelson (26-6) has wrestled well despite injuries.

For Mann, the regional meet is a chance to cap a solid season, and make it to state before he graduates.

"I want to place in the top four and get a chance to go to state," he said. "At state, I want to make a run at a medal."

Mann said his biggest obstacle to a place on the podium is himself.

"I've had a pretty good year, but every loss I've had is because I beat myself," he said. "I've probably beat myself more than anyone has beat me."


Individual MCHS varsity wrestling results from 2009-10

Name Record Pins

Charlie Griffiths 35-6 25

Nathan Tomlin 34-1 21

Cody Adams 33-5 20

Scott Mann 32-12 24

Cody Nelson 26-6 19

Jacob Teeter 20-18 8

Ben Winslow 19-16 8

Todd Stewart 14-15 11

Garrett Stewart 12-16 5

Nick Chew 10-10 8

Wyatt Uptain 6-11 3

Justin McAlexander 6-15 2

*Jacob Blevins 3-21 0

*Justin Zufelt 2-5 0

*Matt Linsacum 2-0 1

*Trevor Quick 1-9 0

Totals 255-166 155

  • Denotes wrestler who will not compete at regional tournament

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