Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 11, 2013: Bad Dogs do well at national tournament |

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 11, 2013: Bad Dogs do well at national tournament

Craig Daily Press Staff Report
Dennis Piatt wrestles for the Bad Dogs during the weekend. The Craig youth team had 12 wrestlers participate in the Tour of America King of the Mountain National Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Castle Rock. Eight Bad Dogs placed at the tournament, which featured wrestlers from more than 100 teams and 14 states.
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Members of the Bad Dogs youth wrestling team from Craig competed at the Tour of America King of the Mountain Nationals on Friday and Saturday, with some wrestlers bringing awards back from the prestigious tournament.

King of the Mountain, which took place in Castle Rock, has separate tournaments for newcomers (two years or less of wrestling) and experienced competitors, and the Bad Dogs had boys come away from both with trophies.

Ayden Piatt and Kaeden Martinez both took first-place finishes in the bantam division (6 and 7 years old) of the newcomers bracket. Dennis Piatt and Tanner Musser each had third-place finishes in the division. Colton Jones took first place in the intermediate division (8 and 9) and Jeffery Cole was second in the novice group (10 and 11).

Miki Klimper won a national championship in the middle school division of the experienced bracket at 144 pounds. Miki, one of the senior members of the team, also was named Outstanding Middle School Wrestler at the tournament.

Kaeden, Colton and Tanner all wrestled in the experienced group and missed out on placing in the bantam division. Daniel Caddy took third in the 80-pound novice class, while Jeffery and Dagen White just missed.

Ty Pinnt and Jefferson Piatt also wrestled for the Bad Dogs in their first national tournament at the middle school level and did not place.

Moffat County wrestling dual postponed

The Moffat County wrestling team’s dual at Grand Valley, scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed.

The two schools are working to find another date for the match, but no makeup time has been set yet. It is possible the dual could be canceled. Moffat County is looking to schedule it so the team would travel to Parachute and wrestle Grand Valley, then have reduced traveling to Grand Junction for more matches the following day.

The team will wrestle in Grand Junction on Saturday at Grand Junction duals, then again Dec. 20 and 21 for the Warrior Classic. It also has a dual at Rifle on Jan. 25.

No open gym basketball at CMS during holidays

Craig Parks and Recreation hosts open gym basketball during the winter at Craig Middle School.

Pickup games and shoot-arounds are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Feb. 13. Anyone 15 years and older is welcome to attend. Those interested can purchase a punch pass or pay a gym fee of $2.50 to supervisors each night they attend.

There will not be open gyms during the school district holidays. Open gyms are set to continue as scheduled until winter break begins.

For more information, call Parks and Rec at 970-826-2004.

Winter water aerobics underway

Registration for water aerobics during the winter now is open through Craig Parks and Recreation.

Water aerobics offer a low-resistance method of exercise and can improve fitness and flexibility. The classes held at Moffat County High School will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays.

Classes run through Jan. 15 and will not occur during winter break. To sign up for the session costs $45, or those interested can attend individual classes for $4. For more information, call Craig Parks and Recreation at 970-826-2017.

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