Moffat County wrestlers start strong at Maverick Duals, Olathe tourney
The early battles have begun for Moffat County High School wrestling, and a long Saturday saw Bulldog athletes make some crucial advances.
MCHS varsity went 3-2 at the Maverick Duals hosted by Colorado Mesa University, with team wins of 39-35 against Paonia, 52-27 over Olathe and 47-22 against Montrose to end the day.
With two slots on the roster open at the 220- and 285-pound classes, the Dogs took losses strictly by the numbers to Cedaredge, 40-31, and Hotchkiss, 36-33, but they saw far more individual wins than defeats.
Leading the charge were Miki Klimper and Elias Peroulis at 170 and 182, neither of them losing throughout the day. Klimper’s 5-0 record included one forfeit and wins by fall in his other four matches, while Peroulis won one forfeit, pinned two competitors and earned decisions of 7-5 and 6-2.
At 160, Drake Zimmerman was on track for a solid day, starting with a pin against Panoia’s Jesse Burns, but an injury kept him seated for the rest of the duals.
“We’ll be making sure he’s healthy from here, but he might be out until after Christmas,” coach Dennis Fredrickson said, noting Zimmerman’s great value to the team.
At 106, Dagan White picked up four wins — two by pin, one by forfeit — and also earned some needed points by going uncontested at 113 against Paonia.
132’s Isiaih Herod and 138’s Daniel Caddy followed suit with only one loss each to finish 4-1 with three pins among them.
126’s Chris Moschetti dominated with two major decisions, 12-0 and 11-3, to go 4-1. Fredrickson also stated that Moschetti was the winner of the team’s first Heart of a Champion award, a weekly honor for wrestlers who display hard work in practice as well as strong academic performance.
Ethan Powers was the lone Bulldog to have no wins by forfeit at the 145 class, finishing 3-2 with one pin. Karson Cox also ended the day 3-2 at 120.
Jefferson Piatt was 2-3 at 195, which Fredrickson said was a bump up in weight, though the grappler was eager for the challenge.
“Jefferson really impressed me this weekend,” he said.
Kaden Cox went 1-3 (113) and Greg Hixson 1-4 (152) to round out the varsity roster.
Fredrickson said the duals showed him some spots where the team could improve but was largely a good kickoff.
“Kids have done everything I’ve asked, and we’ll keep working on what we need to fix,” he said.
The Moffat County junior varsity likewise saw a successful weekend at Olathe’s JV Tournament, with the younger Bulldogs each winning at least one contested match.
Blake Juergens tore through the 120 brackets with two decisions and a swift pin before being shut down by a technical fall by Cedaredge’s Adrian Nieto in the championship round to place second.
At 113, Slater Durbin placed fourth at 1-3, while Coltyn Terry was 3-2 for the same placement at 126, all wins by pin.
Jeremiah Ziegler and Brock Hartung went as far as the semifinals in 126 and 145, respectively, each finishing 2-2, with three falls between them.
160’s Daniel Cruz was 2-2, each win by pin, while Keaton Durbin (145) picked up a fall and Connor Winn (160) a 10-2 major decision to both go 1-2.
Following a Tuesday triangular in New Castle with Coal Ridge and Steamboat Springs, MCHS varsity wrestlers will see another competition in Grand Junction in the coming weekend with the Tiger Duals, while JV is off to a Saturday tournament in Rifle.
Moffat County High School varsity wrestling at Maverick Duals
Weight class, MCHS wrestler — event record, wins by pin
- 106, Dagan White — 5-1, 2
- 113, Kaden Cox — 1-3
- 120, Karson Cox — 3-2
- 126, Chris Moschetti — 4-1
- 132, Isiaih Herod — 4-1, 2
- 138, Daniel Caddy — 4-1, 1
- 145, Ethan Powers — 3-2, 1
- 152, Greg Hixson — 1-4
- 160, Drake Zimmerman — 1-0, 1
- 170, Miki Klimper — 5-0, 4
- 182, Elias Peroulis — 5-0, 2
- 195, Jefferson Piatt — 2-3, 1
MCHS junior varsity at Olathe JV Tournament
Weight class, MCHS wrestler — event record, place
- 113, Slater Durbin — 1-3, 4th
- 120, Blake Juergens — 3-1, 2nd
- 126, Coltyn Terry — 3-2, 4th
- 126, Jeremiah Ziegler — 2-2
- 145, Brock Hartung — 2-2
- 145, Keaton Durbin — 1-2
- 160, Daniel Cruz — 2-2
- 160, Connor Winn — 1-2
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