Updated Results: Moffat County wrestling competes in quad dual against Palisade, Meeker, and Hayden
The Bulldogs go 1-2 on the weekend.
The last time Moffat County was on the mat, the Bulldogs dominated on the road at Rifle. On Saturday though, the Bulldogs found themselves up against top competition and struggled, dropping two duals against Palisade and Meeker at Palisade High School.
The Bulldogs dropped a 39-22 decision to Palisade, and then fell 42-30 to Meeker. The team got back on the right track though with a big win over the Hayden Tigers 61-4. The 1-2 weekend moves the MCHS Bulldogs to a season record of 6-4 on the season.
The team started off the day with a big win over the Tigers. The meet started three forfeits in a row, as senior Daniel Cruz and freshman Noah Duran got forfeits sandwiched between a double forfeit. After the forfeit in favor of Duran, the Bulldogs went on a run that saw them win nine out of the last ten matches. Those wins were picked up by sophomores Kaden Hixson, and Brody Wiser, freshman Eli Frederickson, juniors Caden Call, Ryan Duzik, Hunter Frederickson, and Pepper Rhyne. That is all before freshman Blake Hill and sophomore Billy Lawton finished it off.The last match was a 195 pound match that was a double forfeit.
Taking on the Meeker Cowboys second on Saturday, Moffat County jumped out to a strong start, winning two for the first three matches of the dual as Noah Duran picked up a forfeit win and Hixon pinned Meeker’s Coy Richardson in 26 seconds, giving the Bulldogs a 12-6 lead.
After that strong start though, Meeker’s Trae Kennedy took down Moffat County sophomore Wiser in a tough 1-0 decision, making it 12-9 Moffat County. MCHS responded well to that loss however, winning three matches in a row, including two forfeits, with Frederickson, Call and senior Blake Juergens being the beneficiaries.
Call pinned Meeker’s Tyson Portwood in 1:31 in the 132-pound match.
Holding a 30-9 lead, the Bulldogs looked to be in control, but the Cowboys put the meet out of reach with seven wins in a row, including one forfeit.
Looking to shake off the tough loss to the Cowboys, the Bulldogs looked to rebound against the host Palisade Bulldogs.
Moffat County struggled right off the bat as they only got three wins in the first nine matches, falling behind 33-13. The Bulldogs picked up wins from Hixson who pinned Palisade’s Xavier Wandell in the 113-pound match, and Juergens who scored a major decision (12-4) win over Palisade’s Phallen Salvati in the 138-pound weight class, and Cruz, who picked up a 3-2 decision over Palisade’s Angelo Guarente in the 220-pound match.
Trailing by 20, Moffat County put together two quick wins as Hill and Rhyne scored decision wins to make it 39-19. Lawton followed up Hill’s win with a win of his own, taking down Dawson David by decision (6-0). rounding out the match.
Following a tough weekend of wrestling, the Bulldogs hit the mat again on Thursday, Feb. 25 on the road at Steamboat Spring to take on the Sailors and the Middle Park Panthers in a triangular dual.
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