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Bad Dogs prepare for last tournament

Joshua Roberts

— After blazing through competition during tournaments April 18 and Saturday, the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team now turns its attention to this weekend’s season ending contest in Rifle.

Bad Dogs assistant coach Rodney Klimper said Saturday’s tournament is the end of a long season.

“We just want to finish up the season strong,” Klimper said about the team’s goal. “A lot of our kids are starting to get tired and beat up because they have been wrestling for eight months.”

The Bad Dogs spent the past two weeks mowing through other wrestlers at tournaments in Parachute and New Castle.

The team’s combined win-loss record in the two tournaments is 127-46, or about a 73 percent winning percentage.

That record translated into a total of 20 first-place finishes, 15 second-place finishes, 10 third-place finishes and five fourth-place finishes.

“They went down and pretty much kicked butt,” Klimper said about the Parachute tournament. “We had quite a few first and seconds.

“The biggest problem we have is Bad Dogs wrestling Bad Dogs.”

A week later, most of the team traveled to New Castle. The team was short a few wrestlers who were competing in the national Ohio Tournament of Champions event but still managed to show well.

“The team’s performance was still great,” Klimper said. “Again, we ended up with a lot of kids having to wrestle each other.”

The Bad Dogs’ wrestlers are between 4 and 12 years old. Some of the youth grapplers compete in more than one division.

This weekend, the team will send more than 25 wrestlers to Rifle for the season-ending event. The team will then have a break until October when a new season will resume.


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