Moffat County wrestlers wrap minds around regionals
This weekend will tell how far the members of the Moffat County High School varsity wrestling team will go, and while some may see the season end, it’s been a great ride thus far.
The 3A Region 4 Wrestling Tournament takes place this Friday and Saturday in Montrose, and the Bulldogs will be among those competing for the chance to take it all the way to state.
Some schools of the 13 they’ll see are ones they’ve already faced, and the full list includes Sterling, Coal Ridge, Gunnison, Pagosa Springs, Olathe, Delta, Rifle, Basalt, Eagle Valley, Montezuma-Cortez, Steamboat Springs, Bayfield and Grand Valley.
On the Mat Rankings released Friday had Delta as the highest charting team in the region, fourth place in 3A overall, while Olathe and Sterling also made the list at sixth and eighth, respectively.
Individually, five Bulldog wrestlers were part of the assessment — Jay Carrico 15th in the state in the 106-pound division, Issik Herod 12th in 126, Mikinzie Klimper 10th in 160, Stelios Peroulis ninth in 170 and Brett Loyd eighth in 182.
When compared only to the competition that they will see within Region 4, Loyd, Klimper and Herod each rank third in their weight class; Peroulis fifth; and Carrico seventh.
The team saw their last regular season event Saturday as part of a series of duals in Eaton. MCHS had their best match of the 1-4 day in a 48-18 win against Highland. Several unfilled slots on the Bulldog roster helped give Greeley West, Eaton, Monarch and Valley an abundance of points.
No. 2-ranked Valley in particular provided a tough day, said assistant coach Daniel Cramblett.
However, Moffat County had many noteworthy moments, including a 5-0 record for the day by Stelios Peroulis, complete with three pins. Klimper went 4-1, with two pins, and John T. Peroulis and Ryan Zimmerman were both 3-2, one of Zimmerman’s victories by pin.
This week’s practices are all about getting the group in tip-top shape, Cramblett said.
“We’re getting them back together, a lot of review, everything we’ve done this year,” he said. “We don’t want to push them too hard.”
Ideally, all Bulldogs would be able to make it to state next week, Cramblett said, adding that the level of improvement throughout the season has shown what kind of perseverance the team has had. What’s more, all those on the team competing this weekend will have at least one more year at MCHS to repeat or even improve upon what happens at regionals the following season.
“We expect great things from them,” Cramblett said of the entire team.