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Moffat County wrestlers take top spot in home triangular with Steamboat, Coal Ridge

Moffat County High School wrestlers had one message for opposing teams Tuesday night in their home gym: tri, tri again.

MCHS took a pair of group wins in the yearly triangular meet between the Bulldogs, the Steamboat Springs Sailors and the Coal Ridge Titans.

MoCo grapplers finished the evening with a 44-24 victory against rival Steamboat following the Dogs’ 45-15 warmup against Coal Ridge.

A small bench on either end between the Dogs and the Titans meant a rapid match between the two, and with only four contested bouts, it went even faster as Moffat County gained two quick pins.

In the 138-pound division, Coltyn Terry saw Coal Ridge’s Jared Richel come out fiercely, though he turned the tables in to time, earning the fall with seven seconds left in the first period.

Likewise, Brock Hartung (160) battled it out in the first two minutes with Dominic Centeno but gained the upper hand to close it midway through the second round.

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MCHS fans got their money’s worth as Bulldog Greg Hixson took on Colby Bilson in the 170 class. Hixson held the lead for most of the run, but the biggest wave of applause from the home crowd came after Bilson had the MoCo grappler in a handstand which proved to be the Titan’s undoing.

In what started as a great escape worthy of Steve McQueen, the Moffat County senior flipped his opponent over and slammed him to the edge of the mat in one fluid sequence. Hixson won the bout 10-4.

With five forfeits going to MCHS and two to Coal Ridge, the Bulldogs weren’t hurting for points, but the last match of the dual stung a bit for the Dogs. At 126, Blake Juergens was well-paired with Kyler Jones, who gave the Titans their only competitive scoring in a 5-4 decision.

Jones had two early takedowns, while Juergens was able to pick up points from escapes but couldn’t quite maneuver his foe onto his back before time expired.

“He was very frustrated about that because he knew what he could do,” MCHS coach Dusty Vaughn said.

While Coal Ridge and Steamboat faced off, Bulldogs had a team huddle.

“It was an easy talk, because they all knew what they could do better,” Vaughn said.

A performance by Moffat County Elite Cheer preceded the Dogs’ match with the Sailors, and an energetic set of spectators were all the more upbeat as Daniel Caddy (145) took command immediately with Steamboat’s Caleb Anderson. Caddy pushed Anderson to the mat repeatedly in the opener and held a 6-2 advantage going into the second period.

Earning 10 more points across the next two minutes and giving up none, Caddy was on the verge of a technical fall going into the third period. One more takedown in an attempt to get Anderson pinned ended the match sooner than expected as Caddy collected the tech fall, the TF win being his specialty during the past weekend’s Maverick Duals.

Hartung was back up next, meeting the Sailors’ Ivan Reynolds. Reynolds kept the Bulldog on his toes and looked like he was going to get the win with a 5-4 lead in the final minute.

But, Hartung made a lunge that paid off as he plopped a surprised Reynolds on the mat for the takedown with about 30 seconds remaining and ultimately got the 6-5 decision.

Juergens was ready to shake off his earlier loss and redeem himself against Steamboat, but the Sailors’ Spencer Mader had other ideas and got Juergens on his back near the end of the second period.

The Bulldog who started the night also finished it as Terry took to the mat against Mohammed Alnajdawi. Alnajdawi was able to stay one step ahead for most of the match, leading 2-1 after one period and 5-4 by the end of the next, but one mistake cost him big.

Terry seized on an opening that let him angle Alnajdawi into pin territory and claimed the fall with about 90 seconds remaining.

Terry said the seasoned Sailor was a step up for him.

“I’m glad I wrestled him. He made me a lot better and got me thinking what I need to be thinking about,” Terry said. “I’ve been in a little bit of a slump trying to get my head back in the game.”

Overall, the night was a mixed bag, Vaughn said. The wins were nice even if not enough athletes were able to compete. Still, he noted, there’s room for improvement.

“We want our kids doing things we’re practicing and doing it with a full effort,” he said.

Moffat County wrestlers travel Friday to Hotchkiss for a rematch from the previous weekend’s Maverick Duals, with the next day dedicated to another grueling schedule at Grand Junction’s Tiger Duals.

Vaughn said he has instilled the mindset in athletes that the coming weeks, during competition or otherwise, merely serves as practice leading up to the state tournament.

“The thing is, nobody’s going to remember this one or last weekend,” he said. “It’s all about getting better and fixing things.”

Moffat County High School varsity wrestling vs. Coal Ridge

Weight class, MCHS/Coal Ridge — result

  • 106, Caden Call/None — MCHS win by forfeit
  • 113, Hunter Fredrickson/None — MCHS win by forfeit
  • 120, Dagan White/None —MCHS win by forfeit
  • 126, Blake Juergens/Kyler Jones — Coal Ridge decision, 5-4
  • 132, Double forfeit
  • 138, Coltyn Terry/Jared Richel — MCHS pin, 1:53
  • 145, Daniel Caddy/None — MCHS win by forfeit
  • 152, Double forfeit
  • 160, Brock Hartung/Dominic Centeno — MCHS pin, 3:15
  • 170, Greg Hixson/Colby Bilson — MCHS decision, 10-4
  • 182, Daniel Cruz/None — MCHS win by forfeit
  • 195, Double forfeit
  • 220, None/Kaden Lord — Coal Ridge win by forfeit
  • 285, None/Rafael Sanchez — Coal Ridge win by forfeit

—  MCHS won 45-15.

Moffat County High School varsity wrestling vs. Steamboat Springs

Weight class, MCHS/Steamboat — result

  • 106, Caden Call/None — MCHS win by forfeit
  • 113, Hunter Fredrickson/None — MCHS win by forfeit
  • 120, Dagan White/None —MCHS win by forfeit
  • 126, Blake Juergens/Spencer Mader — Steamboat pin, 3:34
  • 132, None/Tucker Havel — Steamboat win by forfeit
  • 138, Coltyn Terry/Mohammed Alnajdawi — MCHS pin, 4:42
  • 145, Daniel Caddy/Caleb Anderson — MCHS technical fall, 18-2
  • 152, Double forfeit
  • 160, Brock Hartung/Ivan Reynolds — MCHS decision, 6-5
  • 170, Greg Hixson/None — MCHS win by forfeit
  • 182, Daniel Cruz/None — MCHS win by forfeit
  • 195, None/John Slowey — Steamboat win by forfeit
  • 220, Double forfeit
  • 285, None/Valente Ponce — Steamboat win by forfeit

—  MCHS won 44-24.