Moffat County wrestlers face Utah, Wyoming foes to start Tournament of Champions
With more than 30 schools representing three states in attendance, Moffat County High School wrestlers faced a wide variety of competitors Friday to kick off Uintah High School Tournament of Champions.
Bulldogs were placed 18th among varsity teams after the opening day of the Vernal, Utah event, which held wins and losses alike for MoCo athletes.
Shifts in the Bulldog roster put competitors in different slots as far as weight, with Daniel Caddy going 3-0 Friday within the 138-pound class to move into the semifinals Saturday.
After spending most of the early season at 145, Caddy worked well at the lower weight, gaining pins against Utah opponents Garrett Franklin, of Salt Lake City’s West High School, and Brayden Lawton, of Juab.
His quarterfinal match was a third-period fall against Mason Yenney of Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Back on the mat after recovering from a December injury, Greg Hixson (160) fell to Carbon’s Keityn Hunt in the opening round but stuck it out in later bouts to Uintah’s William Price in a 7-6 decision, followed by a 9-6 win over Kadin Forney, of Rawlins.
Hixson’s fellow senior, Isiaih Herod, started strong within 30 seconds, pinning Anthony Stout, of Eaglecrest, before a loss by 21-8 major decision to Colby Harper, of Duchesne. Herod pinned West’s David Than in the consolation rounds only to fall in the second period against Joseph Fairbanks, of Syracuse.
Dagan White, 120, also went 2-2, pinning Conor Carey, of Lander Valley, before getting put on his back by Josh Holmes, of Uintah. White took an 8-2 decision over Meeker’s Charles Curry then fell to Zach Sulz, of Pleasant Grove.
Hunter Fredrickson dropped to the lowest weight at 106 for the Bulldogs, and split for the day with a fall against Union’s Westin Hagman, a 4-2 loss to Juab’s Keaton Sperry, and an 8-0 MD over Syracuse’s Ryan Malan. Fredrickson ended the day with a third-period loss by pin to Raiden Harrison, of Uintah.
At 113, Anthony Duran earned a 4-2 sudden victory over Paonia’s Reagan Todd following a defeat to West’s Drew Lang in the opening round.
Kalub West had a rough first day in the 126 bracket but avoided being pinned in close losses by decision to Norwood’s Harley Workman (3-2) and Maple Mountain’s Declan Morris (8-6).