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Bulldogs finish 21st at Warrior Classic

Moffat County grapplers endure tough final day

John Vandelinder

After racking up 46 points Friday during the first day of the Warrior Classic high school wrestling tournament in Grand Junction, Moffat County High School was sitting comfortably in 11th place.

But, the Bulldogs found out how much can change in 24 hours.

The Bulldogs won just four of their 17 matches Saturday, slipping 10 spots to finish 21st overall out of 32 teams.

“I think we wrestled pretty consistent,” MCHS coach Roman Gutierrez said. “In that type of tournament, you just run into good kids. That’s what happened to us.”

The Bulldogs entered Saturday’s final round with four undefeated grapplers – Cody Nelson (103), Ethan Kinner (130), Charlie Griffiths (135) and Nathan Tomlin (145) – as well as two more – Matt Linsacum (140) and Halen Raymond (heavyweight) – still alive in the double elimination event.

Kinner was the lone Bulldog to place, finishing sixth in his 32-man bracket.

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“We had five, that if they would have won their last match, would have placed,” Gutierrez said. “To be honest, I thought Nathan would be a placer, and I kind of thought that Matt would place. I thought Charlie would place, but they just came up a little bit short.”

The Bulldogs finished with an 18-25 overall individual record, leading to 63.5 team points.

Not bad considering Moffat County tallied a two-day team total of 36 a year ago.

“We wrestled some of the best kids in the state,” Gutierrez said. “You have to look at it like ‘this is what I have to do to get to the state tournament. I have to be able to beat this kid or, how did this kid place at the Warrior and what do I have to do to beat him?’ We got to see different styles and got an opportunity to see what we have to improve on.”

Despite the 10-position slide, Gutierrez said it was easy to find positives from the event.

“It was good to at least get somebody into the medals. They are improving. We had practice (Monday), and they worked real hard and they are ready to go again.”

They may be ready, but they’ll have to wait.

Moffat County has a 20-day break until its annual trek to Nevada to compete in a Las Vegas high school wrestling tournament.


Now that the team’s biggest event until the season-ending state championships is behind them, look for several Bulldogs to shuffle in weight. Gutierrez said he expects Kinner to wrestle at 125, Griffiths at 130, and Tomlin at 135. : A battle is on the horizon for the spot at 145, with Todd Stewart and Scott Mann competing for the position this week. “We’ll be stronger and have the best team when all is said and done,” Gutierrez said.

MCHS varsity wrestling

Warrior Classic – Dec. 19 and 20

Central High School, Grand Junction

Individual results:

Weight, Name, Record

(overall varsity record in parenthesis)

103, Cody Nelson, 2-2 (15-4)

112, Kye Adams, 1-2 (11-7)

119, Asay Crofts, 0-2 (7-5)

125, No MCHS competitor

130, Ethan Kinner, 3-3 (17-4)

135, Charlie Griffiths, 3-2 (17-3)

140, Matt Linsacum, 4-2 (16-5)

145, Nathan Tomlin, 2-2 (16-3)

152, Scott Mann, 0-2 (4-3)

160, Jesse Breslin, 2-2 (15-4)

171, Cody Adams, 0-2 (7-10)

189, No MCHS competitor

215, Lyle Schaffner, 0-2 (10-7)

Hwt. Halen Raymond, 1-2 (8-4)

Team results:

Place, Team, Points

1. Roosevelt, 202

2. Broomfield, 192

3. Central, 166.5

4. Rifle, 154.5

5. Uintah, 131.5

6. Palisade, 120

7. West Jordan, 118

8. Rocky Mtn. 109

9. Montrose, 103

10. Green River, 101

11. Cortez, 99

12. Olathe, 97

13. Chaparral, 90.5

14. Grand Valley, 89

15. Pagosa Springs, 88.5

16. Monte Vista, 78

17. Pueblo Centennial, 74.5

18. Pueblo South, 72.5

19. Grand Junction, 68.5

20. Rangely, 64

21. Moffat County, 63.5

22. Paonia, 61.5

23. Fount Ft. Carson, 57.5

24. Dove Creek, 56.5

25. Fruita, 46

26. Eagle Valley, 41

27. Douglas County, 40.5

28. Kirtland Central, 39

29. Denver East, 25

30. Delta, 23.5

31. Arvada West, 18

32. Farmington, 8