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Growing pains: MCHS wrestling team struggles in first meet

Joshua Gordon
Brayden Peterson, left, and Garrett Stewart practice takedowns earlier in the season in the Moffat County High School wrestling room. Peterson and Stewart both went 3-2 at the Mesa Duals on Saturday at Colorado Mesa University and head coach Roman Gutierrez said the duo will help lead the young Bulldogs this season.
Joshua Gordon

Individual Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team results from the Mesa Duals on Saturday at Colorado Mesa University:

(Name — weight — overall record)

• Ashlee Griffiths — 106 — 3-2

• Justin McAlexander — 113 — 1-4

• Jesse Maneotis —126 — 1-4

• Danny Wileur — 132 — 1-4

• Brayden Peterson — 138 — 3-2

• Garrett Stewart — 145 — 3-2

• Curtis Dunlap — 152 — 0-5

• Jake Blevins — 160 — 3-2

• Jesse Demoor — 170 — 4-1

• Bob Myers — 285 — 1-4

— MCHS went 1-4 in dual meets

Individual Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team results from the Mesa Duals on Saturday at Colorado Mesa University:

(Name — weight — overall record)

• Ashlee Griffiths — 106 — 3-2

• Justin McAlexander — 113 — 1-4

• Jesse Maneotis —126 — 1-4

• Danny Wileur — 132 — 1-4

• Brayden Peterson — 138 — 3-2

• Garrett Stewart — 145 — 3-2

• Curtis Dunlap — 152 — 0-5

• Jake Blevins — 160 — 3-2

• Jesse Demoor — 170 — 4-1

• Bob Myers — 285 — 1-4

— MCHS went 1-4 in dual meets

With such a young team, Roman Gutierrez said he didn’t expect the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team to be very competitive in dual meets.

After Saturday’s Mesa Duals at Colorado Mesa University, Gutierrez, the Bulldogs’ head coach, said it’s clear his team has work to do.

Going up against five teams, the Bulldogs exited with a 1-4 record with the only win coming over an undermanned Rangely squad.

“We have a lot of young wrestlers and a lot of them haven’t been on a team since junior high,” Gutierrez said. “We have a lot of open weights, but we fill some wrestlers in there because the experience and exposure is what they need to get this year.”

In the first match-up against Durango, the Bulldogs lost 46-11 with the team’s only victories coming from junior Garrett Stewart at 145 pounds and sophomore Jesse Demoor at 171 pounds.

MCHS lost a close contest to Glenwood, 36-30, before beating Rangely, 48-24, courtesy of five voids.

Against Paonia, the Bulldogs only scored points on a Demoor void, falling 70-6.

MCHS wrapped up the meet with a 54-24 loss to Central Grand Junction.

Gutierrez said the meet gave his team a lot of good competition.

“We beat Rangely, but they are in a similar situation as us with rebuilding,” he said. “There were a lot of good athletes at the meet and Paonia has an excellent team.”

Stewart, senior Jake Blevins (160 pounds), sophomore Brayden Peterson (138 pounds) and freshman Ashlee Griffiths (106 pounds) each finished with a 3-2 record while Demoor went 4-1 padded by three voids.

Gutierrez said Stewart, the team’s only returning state qualifier from last season, should have gone 5-0, but still had a good outing.

Stewart won his first three matches by pin before falling 10-8 in overtime against Paonia and getting stuck against Central Grand Junction.

Still, Gutierrez said Stewart, along with Blevins and Peterson, will help lead the team this year.

“They all provide good leadership and they do the work us coaches expect out of them,” he said. “Garrett and Brayden wrestle each other because they can push each other and get better, but they are good leaders and do what they are asked.”

Peterson said he thought he could have done better in the first meet, but he did some things that paid off.

“In my first match, I got lazy toward the end and gave up two points to lose 6-5,” he said. “But, I also did really well with two moves we learned in practice and was able to score two pins early in my matches.

“I think, as a team, we can all improve on our conditioning and make sure we wrestle the entire match.”

Wrestling all six minutes, Gutierrez said, is going to be a focal point moving forward.

Of the 42 matches the Bulldogs wrestled an opponent, only eight went the entire three periods and all were losses.

“We really want to focus on the little things and make sure everyone is improving throughout the season,” Gutierrez said. “We aren’t going to make any great steps, but if we can fix the smaller mistakes we can see how far they can go by the end of the year.”

The Bulldogs compete against Eagle Valley High School and Delta High School at 6 p.m. Wednesday at Eagle Valley, 641 Valley Road, in Gypsum.

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