Bulldogs wrestlers drop season’s 1st dual home meet to Palisade
As everyone in the Moffat County High School gymnasium looked at the scoreboard Tuesday night, freshman wrestler Brayden Peterson was fighting to push his match into overtime.
With the score tied 6-6, the Palisade’s 130-pounder Trevor Garcia turned Peterson on his back.
The third period buzzer went off and a 3-point near fall was awarded as Palisade took the first match of the night, 9-6, to take a 3-0 lead in team points.
The MCHS varsity wrestling team could never mount a comeback, winning just two out of the 14 matches, and Palisade won MCHS’s first home dual meet of the season, 65-9.
Bulldogs head coach Roman Gutierrez said the younger wrestlers, such as Peterson, still need to work on certain areas.
“I can’t complain about their work ethic, which has been good, but the younger guys still have little mistakes that cost them,” Gutierrez said. “Brayden was right in the match at the end, but got caught.”
Seniors Charlie Griffiths (152 pounds) and Cody Adams (189 pounds) scored the only points for the Bulldogs.
Adams’s match against Palisade’s Kyle Hatcher was a rubber match, he said, after both wrestlers won last year.
Going the distance, Adams was able to secure a 6-2 victory and three points for the Bulldogs.
“I think I did pretty good, not my best, but good,” Adams said. “I need to work on conditioning, but I also think I psyched myself out before the match a little.”
Defensively, Adams was happy with his effort, but said he needs to work on his head and heel takedown.
Adams also said he feels the whole team needs to improve on sprawling.
“We would have done better if we could have sprawled better and got off the mat,” he said. “It is something we need to work on in practice.”
Palisade had seven pins on the night, and Griffiths had the Bulldogs only pin at 1:05 into the first period.
While the Bulldogs didn’t do as well as they had hoped, Gutierrez said the Palisade wrestling team was a very well rounded team.
“They have a lot of guys to work with over in Palisade while we can’t even fill all the weights,” he said. “They have a lot of experience that was hard to overcome.”
As for the Bulldogs experience, Gutierrez said the lack thereof showed Tuesday night.
“Although the score doesn’t show it, a lot of kids showed improvement tonight,” he said. “We have to do little things, like get better on top, and we will have success.”
Gutierrez also felt his team wrestled a little timid against Palisade.
“We have to be more aggressive,” he said. “Palisade is solid, and we can’t take that away from them, but we have to keep pushing in matches.”
The Bulldogs will wrestle next in the Rifle Tournament at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
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