Moffat County wrestlers work through weekend in Wyoming with Rawlins tourney
After another weekend testing their talents against schools they rarely if ever see, the Moffat County High School wrestling is ready for a few days without much traveling.
MCHS went 2-3 during Saturday’s Rumble in Rawlins Dual Invitational, an event in which the Bulldogs exclusively squared off with Wyoming teams.
Kremmling’s West Grand also was in the lineup of schools, though the Dogs did not see the Mustangs on the mat.
Placed in the B Pool to begin the tournament, MoCo grapplers finished the first part of the day in second place as a group, taking a 53-27 loss to pool winner Douglas, which boasted 13 wrestlers to the Dogs’ eight, gaining six forfeits in what was an otherwise close day in scoring.
MCHS defeated the combined Hanna Elk Mountain and Saratoga team 47-12 as well as Casper’s Natrona County 41-30, giving up only one contested loss between the two opponents.
Moffat and Douglas each went into the Gold Pool from there, where Craig athletes ultimately placed fourth with a 54-30 loss to Torrington and a 48-25 defeat to Riverton, each of which gained 30+ points in empty weights.
In a banner day, senior Isiaih Herod not only won every match among those at the 132-pound weight but did so by fall in every one, his fastest being 19 seconds against Nathan Roberts of HEM/Saratoga. Herod was the only competitor to defeat Douglas’s Devon Swisher, taking a second-period pin.
Daniel Caddy (138) was close to the five-fall run, earning four pins and a 16-1 technical fall against Bryan Bertagnole of Natrona. Caddy didn’t get a chance to face off with Gabriel Munoz of Rawlins, who also went 5-0 in the weight during the tourney as the Outlaws started in the A Pool and ended in the Silver Pool.
At the lowest weight, Hunter Fredrickson went undefeated with two pins, two forfeits and a 13-2 major decision as the only 106-pounder to take no losses during the day.
Anthony Duran also went 5-0 along with Rawlins’ Brayan Ortega in the 113 class, Duran earning two pins, a forfeit, a 16-0 tech, and a 7-3 decision.
Back in action after an injury earlier in the month at Tournament of Champions, Dagan White tore through the contenders of the 120 bracket, gaining three falls and a forfeit in a 4-1 day.
Ryan Duzik (126) went 3-2 with a pair of pins and a 13-8 decision, while Pepper Rhyne (145) was 2-3 in a tough day that saw him take two wins by fall, and 1-4 Daniel Cruz (160) fought hard for a victory against HEM/Saratoga’s Dade Thackston, gaining the pin late in the first period.
Bulldog wrestlers will compete in a dual match at 6 p.m. Thursday in Hayden, followed by their final home event the next night. A dual at 6 p.m. Friday versus Palisade will serve as Senior Night.
The coming week in sports for Craig and Moffat County.