Moffat County wrestling places 10 at Vernal, Rangely tournaments
- 106, Dagan White — 2-2
- 113, Blake Juergens — 2-3
- 126, Isiaih Herod — 2-2
- 132, Chris Moschetti — 3-2, 7th
- 138, Daniel Caddy — 1-2
- 145, Ethan Powers — 3-3, 8th
- 152, Drake Zimmerman — 0-3
- 170, Miki Klimper — 3-2, 4th
- 182, Elias Peroulis — 4-1, 3rd
- 220, Toryn Hume — 3-3, 6th
- 113, Slater Durbin — 1-4, 5th
- 120, Jeremiah Ziegler — 4-1, 1st
- 126, Coltyn Terry — 3-0, 1st
- 138, Keaton Durbin — 0-2
- 138, Brock Hartung — 0-2
- 152, Connor Winn — 2-1, 3rd
- 160, Daniel Cruz — 0-2
- 182, Jefferson Piatt — 4-0, 1st
With a lineup of both Colorado and out-of-state competitors, Moffat County High School wrestling fought through the unknown this weekend to toughen up all the more by Saturday night.
MCHS varsity grapplers placed 10th in the Tournament of Champions at Uintah High School in Vernal, Utah, amid teams from Colorado, Utah and Wyoming.
Standing highest on the podium by the finish was Elias Peroulis, taking the bronze for the 182-pound bracket with a 4-1 record across two days.
Peroulis picked up a pin and a 7-1 decision Friday before taking a loss by 19-6 major decision to Maple Mountain’s Brandyn Van Tassell, who would take the gold. Peroulis persevered from there with a 10-2 MD against Juab’s Charles Watts and ending the weekend with a close 1-0 decision over Paonia’s Jaden Miller, defeating the Eagle for the second time that weekend.
At 170, Miki Klimper, who had faced Van Tassell before the high school season, made his way through the early stages with falls against Hayden’s Hunter Pananasky and Ryker Blackburn of Duchesne, Utah, before taking a 4-2 loss to Blackburn’s teammate Stockton Moat in the semifinals.
A 28-second pin of Uintah’s Tanner Moon put him in the third-place match, only to lose in points in a 4-1 bout with Hayden Walker of Kemmerer, Wyoming to take fourth.
The biggest Bulldog had one of the longest runs at TOC, 220’s Toryn Hume going 3-3 with two wins by fall and a 1-0 decision as part of a sixth-place finish.
Chris Moschetti and Ethan Powers also placed in the weekend, 3-2 and 3-3, respectively in the 132 and 145 classes, Moschetti’s wins all coming from outlasting his opponents to earn decisions of 10-8, 10-7 and 6-1 — defeating Rifle’s Conrad Demann in the first and final matches — to place seventh.
Powers took eighth with two decisions and one fall, pinned by Uintah’s Dylan Swift in his final competition of the day.
Dagan White (106), Blake Juergens (113) and Isiaih Herod (126) each went 2-2 at the tourney, with Daniel Caddy (138) 1-2, all facing at least one Wyoming or Utah foe in their stretch.
On the mend from an arm injury, 152’s Drake Zimmerman stepped onto the mat for the first time in weeks, facing Cade Hatch, a 2017 Utah state competitor, losing by second-round pin. He then met another state-level grappler in the consolations, felled by Tristan Profaizer of Rock Springs, Wyoming, whom he met again in Saturday’s Second Chance event, which resulted in another loss by pin.
Juergens also hit the Second Chance, going into overtime against Skyridge’s Colby Robertson, who got the sudden victory 3-1.
Though Tournament of Champions offered a junior varsity event, MCHS’s JV squad stayed in state at Rangely’s Vern Rose Memorial Saturday, which resulted in three first-place finishes.
Jefferson Piatt mowed through the 182-pound brackets, pinning all four opponents to win the day. 126’s Coltyn Terry likewise went undefeated at 3-0 with two falls and a 9-8 decision.
Though taking a 5-1 loss in the opening round of 120, Jeremiah Ziegler finished the tourney in first at 4-1.
Also placing were 152’s Connor Winn in third and 113’s Slater Durbin in fifth, with Brock Hartung and Keaton Durbin fighting through the 138 bracket and Daniel Cruz at 160.
MCHS wrestlers will host a dual meet with Rifle at 6 p.m. Thursday.
A pair of Panther opponents dealt a tricky couple games to Moffat County High School baseball players while the Bulldogs were on the road.