Bulldog wrestlers fall in Delta
Craig — Moffat County wrestling coach Roman Gutierrez is sick.
After a third-place showing by the Bulldog wrestling team in Delta, Gutierrez felt ill in two ways.
He missed work Monday because of physical illness, and he was mentally flustered by his team’s weekend results.
“It’s the same old thing,” he said. “We lost. It’s tough when you don’t have a lot of experience. It makes me sick to see us perform the way we have been. We have a lot of improving to do and a short amount of time to do it in.”
Moffat County fell to Palisade, 46-27, then lost to host Delta, 39-36.
In the meet against Delta, the Bulldogs had a chance to prevail with a last-match victory.
Moffat County was pinned, and an 0-2 record resulted.
“It came right down to the last match,” Gutierrez said. “It could have gone either way. We just didn’t get it done.”
Gutierrez said despite the recent lack of success by the wrestling team, he is pleased with the direction in which his team is headed.
“We had some guys wrestle well this weekend,” he said. “We are getting better even though it’s taking a long time. They are starting to pick it up.”
Charlie Griffiths and Jesse Breslin went undefeated during the meet. Griffiths put in what Gutierrez said was “a great effort” in his first match.
The freshman was down and almost pinned before fighting back for a one-point victory.
“Charlie was in a really bad situation,” Gutierrez said. “He was almost pinned, and he fought out and ended up winning the match by a point.”
Gutierrez pointed to the efforts of Matt Kincheloe, Cory Vigil and Dallas Daniels.
“Kinch and Vigil wrestled well,” he said. “Vigil is still recovering from his sore arm, and he wrestled better than he has lately.”
Daniels, Moffat County’s heavyweight, competed for the first time since well before Christmas, winning both his matches in his return to the mat.
“It’s been a while for Dallas,” Gutierrez said. “You can tell by the way he performed that he is ready for the end of the season already.”
Moffat County has two meets remaining before the postseason begins.
On Thursday, the Bulldogs host Eagle Valley and Rifle, followed by a Saturday dual meet at Eaton High School.
State regionals begin Feb. 15.
“We have a couple of more meets to get ready,” Gutierrez said. “Hopefully, we will be ready to go by then.”
John Vandelinder can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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