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Moffat County advances four to quarterfinals

Joel Reichenberger

Denver — Moffat County High School’s Issik Herod has a solid understanding of the bright lights and big stage that define the state wrestling tournament, which kicked off Thursday afternoon in Denver’s cavernous Pepsi Center. — Moffat County High School's Issik Herod has a solid understanding of the bright lights and big stage that define the state wrestling tournament, which kicked off Thursday afternoon in Denver's cavernous Pepsi Center.

— Moffat County High School's Issik Herod has a solid understanding of the bright lights and big stage that define the state wrestling tournament, which kicked off Thursday afternoon in Denver's cavernous Pepsi Center.

State wrestling day 1 results

113 — Brian Rodriguez, Platte Valley, def. Chris Moschetti, Moffat County, fall 4:35

Friday vs. Ethan Andrade, Lamar, 21-13, Fr.

132 — Issik Herod, Moffat County, def. Joshua Marquardt, Faith Christian, 14-11

Friday vs. Brandon Damian, Valley, 40-3, So.

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170 — Mikinzie Kilmper, Moffat County, def. Ian Vigil, Mullen, tech fall, 5:24 (20-4)

Friday vs. Macoy Flanagan, Valley, 48-0, Sr.

182 — Hugo Hernandez, Moffat County, def. Colton Eberhardt, Lamar, 15-4

Friday vs. Patrick Holtzhauser, 36-6, Sterling, Sr.

195 — Brett Loyd, Moffat County, def. Atticus Fredrickson, Manitou Springs, 11-6

Friday vs. Jake Hernandez, 26-10, Valley, Jr.

220 — Jaymz Murano, Eaton, def. Stelios Peroulis, Moffat County, 3-1 OT

Friday vs. Adrian Ovalle, Jefferson, 25-18, St.

Or, at least, the 132-pound senior thought he had a solid understanding, considering that when he took to the mat in his opening round match, it was his fourth year in the big show.

Still, he felt those same butterflies that fluttered in his stomach as a freshman.

"I thought I'd be used to it now," he said, "but I walked out there and I was definitely still nervous, a lot more nervous than I thought I'd be."

Those nerves showed in a shaky first match, but Herod held on to pick up his first win, joining three other teammates on the championship side of the bracket.

Moffat County went 4-2 on the first day of the tournament. It got wins from Herod at 132 pounds, 14-11 over Joshua Marquardt of Faith Christian; Mikinzie Kilmper at 170, who earned a technical fall against Mullen's Ian Vigil; Hugo Hernandez at 182, who beat Colton Eberhardt of Lamar, 15-4; and Brett Loyd, who knocked off Atticus Fredrickson from Manitou Springs, 11-6.

The Bulldogs lost matches at 113 pounds where Chris Moschetti was pinned in the second round by Brian Rodriguez of Platte Valley, and at 220, where Jaymz Murano of Eaton edged out Stelious Peroulis, 3-1, in overtime.

"That's not a bad day," Moffat coach Tanner Linsacum said. "Could we have done better in certain situations? Absolutely, but they wrestled hard."

The loss from Peroulis at 220 pounds ranks up there in the regrettable column, and not because Peroulis made any major mistakes.

He came in with a much better record than Murano, 32-5 to 38-11, but only a slightly better seed, No. 8 vs. No 9.

Peroulis had control for much of the match, too, a 1-0. He nearly added to it late in the second period when he threw Murano to the mat and leapt for the two-point takedown. He was a hair late, however, half a second after the end of the period.

That would matter. Murano tied the score, then notched a takedown of his own in overtime for the 3-1 win.

"Stelious has been good all year and just had a tough match-up," Linsacum said.

Kilmper, Hernandez and Loyd all cruised into the second round, winning easily. Herod too made it and he also seemed to cruise early.

It was a different story later in his match.

He built a 7-1 lead thanks in part to a slick roll-over maneuver that left him on top of his opponent, racking up points.

It was a great idea once, Herod said. Twice? Maybe he should have thought of something else.

He tried the move later in the match and that time, Marquardt was ready and quickly turned the table. In a flash Herod wasn't cruising to the quarterfinals. He was on his back, struggling to avoid a pin.

He did and went on to win, but did take something else away from his fourth trip back to big state wrestling stage.

"Wrestle a lot smarter," he said, outlining the day's lesson. "Don't make dumb mistakes like I did in the first match."

He'll get the chance to do that Friday morning in the quarterfinals against Brandon Damian of Valley, who's 40-3 on the season.

Kilmper has about the toughest task possible in facing 48-0 Macoy Flanagan from Valley. Hernandez will wrestle Partick Holtzhauser, 36-6, from Sterling and Loyd draws Valley's Jake Hernandez, 26-10 this season.

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State wrestling day 1 results

113 — Brian Rodriguez, Platte Valley, def. Chris Moschetti, Moffat County, fall 4:35

Friday vs. Ethan Andrade, Lamar, 21-13, Fr.

132 — Issik Herod, Moffat County, def. Joshua Marquardt, Faith Christian, 14-11

Friday vs. Brandon Damian, Valley, 40-3, So.

170 — Mikinzie Kilmper, Moffat County, def. Ian Vigil, Mullen, tech fall, 5:24 (20-4)

Friday vs. Macoy Flanagan, Valley, 48-0, Sr.

182 — Hugo Hernandez, Moffat County, def. Colton Eberhardt, Lamar, 15-4

Friday vs. Patrick Holtzhauser, 36-6, Sterling, Sr.

195 — Brett Loyd, Moffat County, def. Atticus Fredrickson, Manitou Springs, 11-6

Friday vs. Jake Hernandez, 26-10, Valley, Jr.

220 — Jaymz Murano, Eaton, def. Stelios Peroulis, Moffat County, 3-1 OT

Friday vs. Adrian Ovalle, Jefferson, 25-18, St.