With the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team fresh off its first-ever title at the Warrior Classic, the Bulldogs are sporting solid records.
Senior Kurtis Kostur (11-0) heads the list at 140 pounds and nine of his victories have been by pin.
Other individual records are: sophomore Mark Hastings (12-2) at 112 pounds; sophomore Kyle Kostur (10-2) at 119 pounds; sophomore Travis Linsacum (10-4) at 125 pounds; sophomore Ryan Linsacum (12-2) at 130 pounds; sophomore Cody Fredrickson (3-2) at 135 pounds; senior Jeremiah Noland (10-3) at 145 pounds; senior Chris Herod (7-2) at 152 pounds; senior Coalin Hume (8-2) at 160 pounds; senior Kevin Field (7-5) at 171 pounds; senior Curtis McCoy (5-5) at 189 pounds; freshman Cliff Stehle (3-7) at 215 pounds and Mike Wooten (2-7) at heavyweight.
“There is no doubt that the kids are wrestling really well and their records are showing it,” said Bulldogs coach Roman Gutierrez. “To come through the Warrior Classic with some of the records that we have is just outstanding and the future looks good for us.”
In 1998 Kyle Kostur earned third place as a freshman at the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction. His second place finish this year didn’t come easy.
“We wrestled pretty good and it was tough taking second place,” said Kostur. “The tournament was pretty big, but there were a few breaks that I didn’t like and it kind of gets you tired.”
According to Kostur, all of the wrestlers contributed to earning the title.
“It was pretty much a team effort,” said Kostur. “The guys in the wrestle-backs scored a lot of points for us. Over the Christmas break we will watch our weight, practice and lift weights.”
“We went down and there and did good,” said Noland, who finished third in 1998. “I wish I would have taken the guy in the finals, but that is OK. Right now this is all practice and state and regionals is the only thing that matters.”
Gutierrez said his wrestlers will have to ease up on those big holiday meals and stay focused on the new year.
“Over the Christmas break they are going to have to keep taps on their weight,” said Gutierrez. “We can only practice until Wednesday as far as the coaching staff goes. The following week Mr. Fredrickson will have an open gym for some of the kids who can come in and work out.”
The Bulldogs will next be in action Jan. 7-8 at the Las Vegas, Nev., tournament.
“Hopefully there weight won’t be too bad after Christmas because after they come back to school we will only have three days of practice before we go to the Las Vegas tournament,” said Gutierrez.
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