Moffat County wrestlers rumble through Rawlins, ready for regionals
Moffat County High School wrestlers got rowdy up north during the past weekend in their final competition before the tournament that will determine who will move on to the state finals.
MCHS was 4-1 at Wyoming’s Rumble in Rawlins, one of only three Colorado teams to join the set of dual matches over the past weekend.
With teams part of two separate pools, the Bulldogs didn’t have the opportunity for a grudge match against Soroco, but the group won their pool of competitors — wins of 66-6 against Hanna Elk Mountain, 43-36 Lyman, 51-30 Torrington and 48-10 against a combination Saratoga and Douglas JV.
The final match of the day was a 43-30 loss to Douglas’s varsity lineup.
“We beat them head-to-head, but we gave up 18 points in forfeits, so we lost the dual,” said coach Dennis Fredrickson. “A lot of good teams there.”
Missing several varsity regulars, Fredrickson had some open spots, with Brock Hartung and Connor Winn stepping in for the day.
“Brock filled in at 145, did a good job for us, won three matches,” he said.
Miki Klimper, Elias Peroulis, Isiaih Herod, Daniel Caddy and Chris Moschetti all went undefeated in Rawlins, while Drake Zimmerman, Blake Juergens and Toryn Hume each only had one loss.
The Rumble was the last meet before the big time as MCHS prepares for the regional round, the top four of which in each weight will qualify for the state championships.
A shakeup in the alignment for regional events this year puts the Dogs in Region 3, the event for which will take place Friday and Saturday in Englewood, which Fredrickson said is much better than Region 1’s Western Slope location in Alamosa.
Seeding for regionals is based on previous state placers and regional placers, as well as winning percentage.
Other nearby schools like Steamboat Springs and Eagle Valley will be at Region 3, but the team to beat will be Lamar, which has eight wrestlers recently ranked by On the Mat. MCHS, on the other hand, has seven, led by Klimper as the No. 1 spot in the 170-pound class for 3A.
Peroulis is sixth in 182, Caddy ninth at 138, Moschetti 11th in 132, Hume 12th in 220, Ethan Powers 13th in 145 and Herod 15th in 126.
Grapplers like Zimmerman, Juergens, Greg Hixson, Jefferson Piatt and Dagan White who have had limited time in competition — whether due to injury or roster shifts — might not have the same record as some in their weights but nonetheless have a strong shot at advancing.
“The time to practice is over, and now’s the time to see what we can really do,” Fredrickson said. “Everyone we take to regionals I think can get to state.”
MCHS wrestling will host an after-school pep rally Thursday to send off athletes to the tournament.
Craig Parks and Recreation will host Movie in the Park Thursday, July 18 at Breeze Street Park with a showing of “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part.”