Moffat County wrestlers move back into competition with Tournament of Champions
After nearly a month in hiatus, Moffat County High School grapplers will come out of the winter break ready and raring to take on all comers, and there’s nothing like an immediate challenge such as the one they’ll see this weekend.
MCHS wrestling’s first competition out of winter break is the Tournament of Champions, a gathering with nearly three dozen schools from Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.
The 48th annual tourney runs all day Friday and Saturday at Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah.
Moffat County will be among many Western Slope teams in the mix, among them Hayden, Steamboat Springs, Soroco, Meeker, Rifle, Montrose and Paonia, to name a few.
The Jan. 4 edition of Colorado rankings from On the Mat placed Paonia in second among 2A teams behind Wray with Hayden 13th. The 3A rankings favor the southern part of the state with Alamosa in the lead following Pagosa Springs.
While MoCo remains outside the top 15 teams, several of the Bulldogs stay in the individual standings.
At 19-1, Daniel Caddy is fourth within the 3A 145-pound weight class, his only loss of the season coming during the Warrior Classic, in which he ultimately placed third.
At 132, Isiaih Herod’s 5-5 record places him at 10th in his weight class, while Hunter Fredrickson 12-6 is 11th in the 113 rankings.
Most of the Bulldog roster maintains winning records so far, including Caden Call (106, 10-7), Dagan White (120, 11-7) and Ryan Duzik (126, 3-2), though there may be some shake-ups in weights following the holidays as the team moves back into regular competitions.
Moffat County will also send a handful of athletes to Saturday’s Vern Rose Memorial, a junior varsity tourney in Rangely.
The Dogs will remain on the road most of the month, including events in Rifle Jan. 18 and 19, a dual Jan. 22 in Meeker, a Bethoud tourney Jan. 26, finally ending January in Glenwood Springs.
A set of duals in Rawlins, Wyoming start February, followed by a rescheduled meet Feb. 7 in Hayden before the team is back home for a dual Feb. 8 against Palisade, the last outing before the following week’s regional tournament in Montrose.