Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 8, 2014: Moffat County wrestling team wins 1st tourney | CraigDailyPress.com

Craig Sports Briefs for Dec. 8, 2014: Moffat County wrestling team wins 1st tourney

The members of the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team hold up their many awards from the Middle Park High School tournament Saturday in Granby. Issik Herod, top center, Hugo Hernandez, second from top, and Stelios Peroulis, far left standing, each placed first in their weight divisions, while Brett Loyd, center seated holding plaque, placed second individually. The team took first overall at the event, and Herod also received Most Outstanding Wrestler.

The Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team won the Middle Park High School tournament Saturday night in Granby with a total 190 points.

Issik Herod, Hugo Hernandez and Stelios Peroulis each took first place in their weight classes, 132, 160 and 170 pounds, respectively, while Brett Loyd finished second in the 182 division.

Herod also was named Most Outstanding Wrestler of the event.

"It was a great tournament for us, and everyone got at least one win," coach Tanner Linsacum said.

Additionally, the junior varsity team traveled to Olathe, the best placings for the younger athletes including Spencer Brown in third for the 113 bracket, Ethan Powers third in 120 and Matt Moschetti fourth in 152.

The teams will compete Wednesday at MCHS in duals with Steamboat Springs.

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Tuesday last chance to register for Craig Parks and Rec lifeguard classes

Registration is now open for Craig Parks and Recreation's lifeguard certification course. The cost is $125, and the class is open to participants over the age of 15. Geared toward students, sessions will take place during winter break.

Adults are also welcome.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, which is also when the precourse swim test will take place, at 7 p.m. at the Moffat County High School pool.

For more information, call 970-826-2017.

Moffat County swimmers finish third in Glenwood Springs

The Moffat County High School girls swim team took third place at the Demon Invitational on Friday in Glenwood Springs. The four-team meet also included Fruita Monument and Palisade.

Bailey Kurz achieved the team's only first-place win, with a time of 2 minutes, 47 seconds in the 200-yard individual medley. The team also took second in the 200-yard medley relay, with Kurz joined by Marissa Hulstine, Micah Espinosa and Alex Samuelson for a time of 2 minutes, 16 seconds, as well as the silver in the 200-yard freestyle relay, with Samuelson, Hulstine, Kurz and Katelyn Peroulis clocking in at 2:02 flat.

Samuelson also placed second in the 50-yard freestyle at 28.96 seconds, and Espinoza was second in the 100-yard breaststroke at 1:25.

Kayla Nash, Jaycee Holman, Emma Samuelson, Karmen Christopher and Natelyn Singleton also swam for Moffat County. The team will attend the Colorado Mesa University League Relays on Friday.

Moffat County basketball fights hard in weekend events

Both the boys and girls Moffat County High School basketball teams opened their season with road tournaments, the girls in Vernal, Utah, and the boys at Englewood's Kent Denver.

The girls went 1-2 on the weekend, starting with a Friday loss of 40-31 to Logan, bouncing back to pound Orem, 55-26, on Saturday. However, the final game against Roosevelt's Union High School was the closest yet, and the girls fell, 58-56.

"It was back and forth, but I'm really proud of them," coach Sam McLeod said.

He added that the stretch of Utah teams will continue to test them, their next game in Roosevelt on Dec. 19, then back at Vernal's Uintah High School on Dec. 20.

The boy Bulldogs had a different experience on the Front Range, first topped, 63-55, on Friday by hosting school Kent.

Next meeting The Pinnacle, of Federal Heights, on Saturday, the team was largely in control, ahead 36-28 at the half, only for the Timberwolves to rally in the fourth quarter, tying it up at 63-all, leading to not one, not two, but three rounds of overtime, which finally overwhelmed MCHS, as they lost, 91-85.

Even so, the excitement in the gym was "pretty awesome," coach Eric Hamilton said.

"We would have rather come out with the win, but it was a great learning experience for us," he said.

The 0-2 boys will next play at the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out from Thursday through Saturday.