Moffat County wrestles with ferocity at Warrior Classic |

Moffat County wrestles with ferocity at Warrior Classic

Mikinzie Klimper, Stelios Peroulis have best results in Day 1 of Grand Junction tourney

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

Moffat County High School senior Issik Herod moves toward one of several victories during the Tiger Duals. The MCHS varsity wrestling team had a productive first day at the Warrior Classic hosted by Grand Junction's Central High School.

Central High School may want to invest in some new wrestling mats because Moffat CountyMoffat County was busy Friday tearing up everything in sight. was busy Friday tearing up everything in sight.

Moffat County was busy Friday tearing up everything in sight.

The opening day of the Warrior Classic in Grand Junction was full of battles for the Bulldog varsity wrestlers, some hard-won and others quick and painless as the Craig kids moved along the brackets as one of 38 schools to attend the Western Slope tournament.

With 11 competitors in the first day, Moffat County took five wins in the starting round, as Mikinzie Klimper, Hugo Hernandez, Issik Herod and John T Peroulis all earned a victory by pin to ensure they would continue on to the possibility of a championship, as did Chris Moschetti, the sophomore taking a win by 16-0 technical fall against Garrett Hatch of Arvada West.

Seniors Stelios Peroulis and Trevor Kuhn each received a bye to start the event, taking different results in the subsequent round, Stelios slamming Coal Ridge's Couy Harrington to the mat with only 47 seconds elapsed on the clock to advance, while Kuhn was knocked out of contention for the top spot on the podium by Rocky Mountain's Quin McElvenny.

The second round was better all around for MCHS, with only Kuhn and John T taking losses. Ryan Zimmerman, Drake Zimmerman and Frankie Masterson all recovered from first round defeats to come back with falls of their own to match Issik Herod, Klimper, Hernandez, all of whom pinned their opponents to keep going strong.

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Freshman Isaiah Herod had his mettle tested in his first varsity tourney, pinned by Modesto Martinez, of Fort Lupton, but he came back hard in the consolation round, claiming a fall against Denver East's Xavier Dammond following a bye.

Moschetti, who went into the Classic with a pristine season record, saw his streak come to an end late in the afternoon when, after a 6-1 victory by decision about Montrose's Fabian Lujan, he lost to Preston Weaver, of Mountain Vista in the 113-pound quarterfinals.

Round 3 was tough for most of the team as Issik and Hernandez went into the consolation brackets, Issik with a 11-3 major decision going in favor of Rocky Mountain's Gunnar Anderson and Hernandez a 3-0 decision loss to Center's Salomon Chavez.

Still alive for the title by the end of the night were Klimper and Stelios, both fighting their way to wins by decision about Olathe's Trent Rose (7-4) and Paonia's Trevor Smith, respectively.

The Warrior Classic will pick up at 9 a.m. Saturday, while the junior varsity Bulldogs will be at the Fruita Monument JV Tournament.