Moffat County struggles on 1st day of state wrestling |

Moffat County struggles on 1st day of state wrestling

Nate Waggenspack
Jesse DeMoor flattens his opponent during the first round of the 3A state wrestling tournament Thursday at the Pepsi Center in Denver. DeMoor was the lone Moffat County wrestler of six to get a win on the first day.
Nate Waggenspack

— It was a difficult first day at the 3A state wrestling championships for Moffat County, as the Bulldogs picked up just one win in the six matches wrestled.

Jesse DeMoor picked up a win by fall in the first period of his first-round match, giving Moffat County one entrant into the quarterfinals. His reward is a matchup with top-seeded Donaciano Vurciaga for a shot at the semifinals.

Of the other five boys to wrestle Thursday for Moffat County, none were dominated, but each was outscored or outwrestled at key moments in their losses.

Issik Herod gave a quick takedown and near fall points in his match against Andrew Clark, of Bennett High School, and was unable to come from behind the rest of the way. Down 5-1 after a period, Herod go the score to 7-4 before giving up a late reversal in the second.

He then closed the gap to 9-7 but couldn’t close anymore, losing, 12-7.

Brayden Peterson and Austin Walters, of Platte Valley, battled to a 0-0 draw through two periods, with Peterson fending off every Walters move while on bottom in the second period. But starting on top in the third period, Peterson gave up a quick reversal.

He was able to escape with about 15 seconds remaining but couldn’t score a takedown in the waning seconds and suffered a tough 2-1 defeat.

In the 160-pound bracket, Stelios Peroulis fell behind, 4-2, quickly in the first period but then got a takedown and a nearfall in the second part of the period to take a 6-4 lead. After starting on their feet in the second, however, Centauri’s James Richardson caught the Moffat County sophomore and got a pin 29 seconds in.

Brett Loyd went the distance in his first round match with Jacob Smith but was unable to do much scoring, losing an 8-1 decision. He was behind just 1-0 after a period but couldn’t create the offense needed to win.

Finally, in the 195-pound match, Brady Springer was up against No. 3 seed Jose Rodriguez, of Brush, and was pinned midway through the second period. Springer was down, 5-0, before the fall.

Each of the Moffat County wrestlers to suffer a loss hopped off the mat in frustration Thursday, but the tournament goes on for them, as well. On Friday, DeMoor will be in the quarterfinals while the rest will start in the consolation bracket and wrestle for a chance at third place.

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