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Moffat County wrestler Miki Klimper pins top-ranked competitor to win Valley Invite

Moffat County High School's Miki Klimper, pictured during a match against Soroco's Jace Logan, won the Valley Viking Invitational Saturday.

Moffat County High School wrestlers vied with some of the best Saturday during the Valley Viking Invitational, and the spirit of conquest showed in the results.

Bulldogs placed sixth as a team and nearly every individual made it to the podium at the Gilcrest tournament, including Miki Klimper, who went 4-0 in the 170-pound weight class, capped off by a second period pin of Eaton’s Braeson Lewis.

Klimper was ranked fourth in his weight among 3A grapplers by On the Mat earlier in the week but will no doubt be on the rise statistically after his fall against Lewis, the No. 1 at 170.

Though not too focused on the rankings, taking down the top opponent is “always a plus,” the MCHS senior said.

“Feels good,” he said.

It was actually Klimper’s second win in a week against a top-ranked opponent, having pinned Soroco’s Jace Logan — No. 1 in 2A — two days earlier.

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MCHS coach Dennis Fredrickson said he felt Klimper had been “underrated” going into the meet.

“He’s been working hard and very focused, and I think he got what he deserved. Very dominating in that last match,” he said.

The other Bulldog in On the Mat’s top four was Elias Peroulis, ranked third in 3A’s 182, placing fourth at Valley with a 2-2 day, which began and ended against Ernesto Rios of Platte Valley. Peroulis took a 6-3 win the first time around in the quarterfinals, only to lose 9-6 in the consolation championships.

Fellow seniors Chris Moschetti (132) and Toryn Hume (220) likewise took fourth at 3-2 and 2-2, respectively. Both went as far as the third-place match only to meet up with dominating Valley wrestlers Zach Brown and Jesus Garcia — the latter of whom was slotted fourth in the 220 class — losing by decisions of 8-2 and 4-1.

Taking fifth place were Isiaih Herod (126) and Drake Zimmerman (152). Herod was 3-2 and took two wins by decision, 7-4 and 11-3, before a win by an opponent’s medical forfeit. Zimmerman’s last bout of the day was also decided by an opponent’s medical forfeit following a long 4-2 day complete with three falls.

At 138, Daniel Caddy placed sixth, taking two pins and a 5-1 decision. 106’s Dagan White also finished sixth with two pins, twice falling to Wiggins’ Mark Barkdoll in his first and fifth bouts.

At 113, Blake Juergens met with difficulty at the tourney, pinned in the first round and losing 11-8 in the next to be eliminated.

Fredrickson said he was pleased with the whole team’s performances, and that even defeats serve as fuel for the remainder of the season.

“I think a few kids could have placed a little bit higher, but that’s why you go to tournaments, to see what you need to work on for state,” he said.

MCHS wrestling was originally scheduled to host its final home dual this week against Glenwood Springs, though the Demons canceled due to low numbers. Bulldogs will next compete at a Feb. 3 tournament in Rawlins, Wyoming.

Moffat County High School varsity wrestling at Valley Viking Invitational

Weight class, MCHS wrestler — event record, place

  • 106, Dagan White — 2-3, 6th
  • 113, Blake Juergens — 0-2
  • 126, Isiaih Herod — 3-2, 5th
  • 132, Chris Moschetti — 3-2, 4th
  • 138, Daniel Caddy — 3-3, 6th
  • 152, Drake Zimmerman — 4-2, 5th
  • 170, Miki Klimper — 4-0, 1st
  • 182, Elias Peroulis — 2-2, 4th
  • 220, Toryn Hume — 2-2, 4th

— The team placed sixth.