Moffat County wrestler Daniel Caddy finishes strong with bronze at Warrior Classic |

Moffat County wrestler Daniel Caddy finishes strong with bronze at Warrior Classic

Moffat County High School's Daniel Caddy and Paonia's Sackett Chesnik skirmish in the third-place match at the Warrior Classic.
Andy Bockelman

Moffat County High School wrestling at Warrior Classic

Weight, Wrestler — Event record 106, Caden Call — 1-2 113, Hunter Fredrickson — 2-2; 1 pin 120, Dagan White — 2-2; 2 pins 126, Ryan Duzik — 0-2 132, Isiaih Herod — 2-2; 1 pin 138, Kalub West — 0-2 145, Daniel Caddy — 6-1; 3 pins; 3rd place

Moffat County High School wrestling at Fruita Monument JV Invite

120, Anthony Duran — 3-1; 2 pins; 2nd place 126, Blake Juergens — 4-2; 2 pins; 4th place 138, Coltyn Terry — 3-1; 3 pins; 2nd place 152, Pepper Rhyne — 4-1; 2 pins; 3rd place 170, Daniel Cruz — 1-2; 1 pin

GRAND JUNCTION — After more than a dozen straight wins, Moffat County High School wrestler Daniel Caddy saw his undefeated start to the season come to an end Friday night. That only made the Bulldog want victory all the more the next day.

Caddy bounced back in a big way Saturday to round out MCHS’s time at the Central High School Warrior Classic in Grand Junction, ultimately gaining the consolation championship with three wins in the back of 145-pound brackets and third place in the tournament.

Caddy’s loss to Cameron Lucero in the quarterfinals Friday night motivated him to keep going the next day, earning a pin of North Sevier’s Kyler Johnson and a 3-1 decision against Olathe’s Clay Yarnell to set himself up for guaranteed placement and hopefully the bronze.

Matched up with Paonia’s Sackett Chesnik, Caddy kept his head and walked off the mat with a 4-2 decision.

Chesnik’s early takedown got him on the scoreboard first, though a combination of escapes and his own takedown got Caddy in front so that it was just a matter of outlasting his Eagle opponent.

“He stayed focused, wrestled hard in every position and did a great job listening,” coach Dusty Vaughn said.

Caddy and Chesnik nearly crossed paths at the beginning of the month when MoCo and Paonia met in the Maverick Duals, though Chesnik wound up wrestling up a weight.

Though he didn’t know precisely what to expect, Caddy was prepared for anything from smooth sailing in the consolation rounds keeping him primed and ready.

Shortly after the third-place match, Caddy and the rest of Moffat County got a look at the championship bout between Lucero and Meeker’s Tannen Kennedy, which the Cowboy came from behind in points to win 12-11 even with a bloody nose.

Though Caddy has also tangled with Kennedy — specifically at last season’s Warrior — he was rooting for the fellow Northwest Colorado grappler.

“I’m glad Tannen won, he really deserved it,” he said.

With one loss to date this year, Caddy said he plans to keep working on his weaknesses and building his strengths as he and his teammates head into the latter half of the season after MCHS’s winter break.

“We’re only getting better at this point,” he said.

Caddy and fellow junior Dagan White were the only Bulldogs left standing after Friday night, though White’s time in the tournament didn’t last long Saturday as he began the morning with a loss by pin to Montrose’s Grady Nickolaus, ultimately ending his run at the Warrior 2-2 in the 120 bracket.

Though many members of the varsity bench struggled with the first day of competition at the tournament, the remainder of the squad battled just as strongly at the nearby Fruita Monument JV Invite, with both Anthony Duran (120) and Coltyn Terry (138) ending the day in second place.

Pepper Rhyne (152) took third and Blake Juergens (126) fourth in an exhaustive effort.

“That tournament is not easy, because a lot of the teams at the Warrior send their younger guys to Fruita,” Vaughn said.

MCHS will finish 2018 with a dual Dec. 20 in Hayden.

“Every one of our competitions is a tough one, and going against a cross-town rival like this will be a big one,” Vaughn said.

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