Moffat County wrestlers skirmish Saturday with Meeker, Delta
Team prepping for regionals, state
The Moffat County High School wrestling team fought fiercely in its last home meet of the season, a triangular event with Delta and Meeker. The overall scores in each section of the meet — a 45-18 loss to Delta and a 54-18 loss to Meeker — may have been against the Bulldogs, but the final numbers were only part of the story.
All the Moffat County grapplers gave the Panthers and the Cowboys long, unrelenting bouts, most taking their opponents to three rounds, some even longer.
In the 182-pound division, Brett Loyd went the distance against Delta’s Daniel Brown, going into triple overtime tied up at one point apiece, before gaining the win with a well-timed escape.
“That’s a kid Brett’s going to have to meet at regionals, they’re ranked right next to each other,” assistant coach Daniel Cramblett said.
Loyd later went into OT again, meeting Meeker’s Devon Pontine, who got the win, 5-3.
Hugo Hernandez (152) also went into extra rounds against Delta’s Chance Dillingham, playing through the pain of a minor shoulder injury sustained in the third round, eventually losing on points, 13-8.
“They wrestled really tough, and the score didn’t really reflect how well they did,” Cramblett said. “Last time, Meeker was missing some guys, and this time they had them back at their weight.”
Moffat County won’t compete with the Cowboys, the No. 3 team in 2A wrestling according to On the Mat Rankings, again this season, but they made some significant gains Saturday against Delta, a No. 4 team in the 3A bracket.
Besides Loyd’s win, Mikinzie Klimper (160) and Jay Carrico (106) felled Panthers Derek Horn and Luke Anderson, respectively, Carrico a mere 25 seconds into his match.
The two also found success against their Meeker challengers, Klimper winning, 10-4, after three and Carrico claiming another pin, this time after 48 seconds.
“They’re coming into their own,” Cramblett said about the pair.
Klimper, an MCHS freshman, wasn’t cleared medically to participate until midway through the season, but since then, he’s made a name for himself at each meet. Last year, he was a state champion in middle school, and he’s eager to return to that level.
“I think I just need to build a little more strength, but I really think I can make it to state,” he said. “We’re all doing really well.”
MCHS wrestlers shined at Grand Valley’s Thursday series of duals, where the Bulldogs tied with Basalt at 30, the Longhorns claiming most of their points through forfeitures in uncontested weight classes. Likewise, a bout with Cedaredge ended 40-21 in the Bulldogs’ favor, with Hernandez, John T. Peroulis and Ryan Zimmerman each boasting first round pins.
This week marks the end of the regular season, with MCHS traveling to Eaton on Saturday before facing regionals.
“We’re going to work the kids hard this week and be ready to go next week,” Cramblett said. “There’s going to be a lot of teams we haven’t seen yet at regionals, so we’re expecting them to do good.”