Moffat County wrestling 2-0 in triangular with Hayden, Basalt
Low numbers hurt Hayden score, but Tigers still provide fight
Craig — In a sport where the objective is to force your opponent into submission, Moffat County High School wrestlers were top dogs in more ways than one Thursday night.
A triangular event in Craig earned two team victories for MCHS as the Bulldogs went back to back against Basalt and Hayden.
The Tigers and the Longhorns had the first face-off, Basalt taking the overall win of 57-24 partly thanks to a depleted Hayden roster with six weight brackets unfilled.
Hayden’s Hunter Rummel, ranked ninth in the 2A 220-pound class led off the night meeting Olmer Marquez, second in 3A, a nosebleed giving the stalwart Tiger a difficult time as Marquez won a 10-4 decision, but Lebo Armendarez got points for Hayden with a fall against Oswaldo Morales, with Thalia Carbajal and Judd Magee also taking pins.
The Longhorns next met with Moffat County, a full lineup for the Bulldogs ready to get down to business. 11 of the MCHS grapplers to hit the mat against Basalt took their victories by pin, including Isaiah Herod, Chris Moschetti, John T Peroulis, Issik Herod, Indy Byrnes, Drake Zimmerman, Mikinzie Klimper, Hugo Hernandez and Brett Loyd.
The crowd got especially riotous when Bulldog Zach Patterson — making the jump from junior varsity — looked pinned by Ryan Borchelt, only to reverse the situation and move his opponent into pin position. Borchelt returned the favor and threatened to close things out, but Patterson flipped him on his back again, then broke the cycle and gained the credit for the fall, all in under one minute.
Stelios Peroulis closed the match between the two teams with a hard-fought bout against Marquez, and while the Bulldog, No. 5 in 3A, nearly made it a dozen in the Moffat County pin count, he took his win by a 5-1 decision to give the Bulldogs the 69-12 victory.
The following match-up between the two Yampa Valley schools — which began with an exhibition that saw Moffat County’s Frankie Masterson claim one of the quickest pins of the night at 21 seconds against Tiger Isaiah DeJesus — was all determined in increments of six, with both teams either scoring by fall or by no contest, Hayden’s points coming from pins by Armandarez and Devlyn Mosman.
MCHS took the win, 72-12.
“We’re really beat up right now and sick, had to fill some spots with JV,” said Hayden coach Chad Jones. “It’s really good to get some good competition, Moffat County and Basalt, both were good. We had a tougher time with Craig, but I’d like to get back to the last couple years, where it’s been neck and neck and we’ve barely squeaked some out.”
Isaiah Herod said he felt more than warmed up for the triangular after Tuesday’s dual.
“That kid from Meeker was really tough,” he said of the challenge earlier in the week.
The MCHS freshman said he hopes to see state this year, having competed at that level last year in middle school.
While Hayden heads to Paonia this weekend for the Screaming Eagle Tournament, the Bulldogs will have some practice time before a set of duals at Parachute’s Grand Valley.
Moschetti, a sophomore, said he was feeling confident heading into Thursday’s three-team event, even more so after the night’s activities, only a short stretch of time before regionals and then state.
“I’m just excited for the team,” he smiled.