MCHS wrestlers win postseason awards
March 28, 2011
A trip to the 4A state wrestling tournament earned Moffat County High School's Charlie Griffiths and Garrett Stewart postseason honors.
A strong senior season brought Cody Adams postseason awards as well.
Griffiths, an MCHS senior, was named to the Western Slope League all-conference team for winning the regional tournament.
Adams was named honorable mention for being the second-highest WSL finisher at the regional tournament, finishing in fourth place and also qualifying for the state meet.
"I always wrestle great from my feet," Adams said. "I was friends with everyone on the team and we had a great year."
Roman Gutierrez, the MCHS varsity wrestling team head coach, said Adams had a tough last two weeks, but his overall performance in his senior year was great.
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"It was a horrible time for Cody to wrestle bad," Gutierrez said. "He had a good opportunity to win it all and he wrestled well all year, I just think nerves got to him a little bit.
"As coaches, we appreciated all the effort he put into his last year."
Adams, who wrestled in the 189-pound weight class, said he had a blast in his last year even if he didn't have the results he wanted at the state meet.
"We had a lot of fun this year," he said. "We all gave it everything we could and there are no regrets."
Wrestling will become a pastime, Adams said, as he won't continue competing in college.
Instead, he said he would focus on his studies in multimedia and graphic design at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, S.D.
"In college, I think they ask too much out of you with all your school work," he said. "I know Charlie is continuing, but he loves the sport too much to give it up."
Griffiths was also named most valuable for the team and had the most pins on the season.
"Winning the region sealed it up for Charlie, but he always gave everything he had," Gutierrez said. "All our seniors were really good leaders and Charlie was one of them who brought a style to win all matches he wrestled in."
Griffiths took fifth place in the 152-pound weight class at the state meet Feb. 21 in Denver, the only state placer for the Bulldogs.
"Charlie fell a little short at state, but he had a regular season that was great," Gutierrez said. "He set a good example for the younger kids."
Stewart earned the most improved award from his coaches, Gutierrez said.
In his sophomore season, Stewart took fourth place at the regional tournament at 135 pounds and made his first appearance at state.
"Garrett started the season slow and had some difficulty winning matches," Gutierrez said. "He really came through at the end when guys should be wrestling their best.
"He showed improvement from our first tournament in December to going to the state tournament for the first time."
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story contained errors. Those errors have been corrected.