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Basketball, wrestling practices begin at Moffat County High School

After several months of playing outdoor sports, the boys of Moffat County High School are still hard at work in a different location: the school’s indoor facilities.

The boys basketball and wrestling teams officially kicked off practices this week, preparing for their upcoming seasons.

David Bradshaw, in his first year as the basketball team’s head coach, had his players attend open gym sessions last week before starting regular practices.

Bradshaw said 30 boys make up this year’s team. Ten players are incoming freshmen. The new players and their more experienced teammates have meshed well so far, Bradshaw said.

“They’re building chemistry every day,” he said.

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Bradshaw said he is still evaluating the upperclassmen, but he expects Chet Harvey and Zach and Angelo Raftopoulos and other seniors to be among his strongest players.

“We’ve mostly been working on defensive skill work,” he said. “I don’t know that we’ll be a heavy pressure team. We plan to lock it in at half-court. It’s a little bit different system than they’re used to.”

Wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez said he plans to work with his team on fundamental skills for the first few weeks of practice.

“Until we get a little further in, we’re going to work on technique with a little conditioning, just to get the rust off of them and get them used to the mat,” he said.

The team’s first practice was Monday.

Gutierrez said 16 boys showed up.

“I was expecting about 22, but if it turns out that our team is smaller, we’ll have to work with what we got,” he said.

The team is mainly composed of freshman and sophomores, with five seniors returning.

“This is probably the youngest team I’ve ever had,” Gutierrez said. “They’re really going to have to take their lumps.”

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