Moffat County wrestling wrangles Rifle in tough tests for Bulldogs |

Moffat County wrestling wrangles Rifle in tough tests for Bulldogs

Moffat County High School's Daniel Cruz keeps his Rifle opponent at arm's length during a Thursday dual. MCHS won 53-20 with seven pins.
Andy Bockelman

So far, the Moffat County High School wrestling team has yet to lose in front of its home fans this season, and though it was no cakewalk Thursday night was no different for the group.

Bulldog grapplers took a 53-20 defeat of the Rifle Bears as their latest bragging point on their own mat.

Fresh off Tournament of Champions and Rangely’s Vern Rose Memorial, the Dogs were ready to set their attention on one single team, with one athlete seeing the same competitor for the third time in a week.

Moffat County’s Chris Moschetti again faced off with Rifle’s Conrad Demann at the 132-pound class after defeating him twice at TOC, this time taking a technical fall in the third round with a healthy lead coming out of the second period 10-2.

“He’s gotten a little more dominant each time against a good kid,” coach Dennis Fredrickson said. “I was very pleased with that.”

At 120, Blake Juergens also had a familiar face in Bryan Soto, whom he’s met twice this season with one win and one loss. Juergens went to 2-1 against the Bear with a 6-2 decision that he led most of the way but still had to sweat.

“Blake has struggled with him before, but he wrestled smart,” Fredrickson said.

Coming up to the varsity level was Daniel Cruz at the 170 weight, taking it to the final seconds against Lawrence Beaudry and gaining the 7-6 decision with a lightning-fast reversal.

Feedrickson noted that Cruz and Toryn Hume were the recipients of his weekly Heart of a Champion Award and both showed they had earned it during the dual.

Seniors Drake Zimmerman and Miki Klimper finally got their first home matches of the season at 160 and 182, and both more than made up for lost time with wins by fall, Zimmerman’s pin coming after 32 seconds for the quickest bout of the night.

At 106, Dagan White was close behind time-wise, getting Justin Henderson on his back after 44 seconds.

Isiaih Herod (126), Ethan Powers (145), Jefferson Piatt (195) and Hume (220) also finished the evening with pins.

Though Moffat County had the lead, Rifle took some crucial victories, including Brian De La Rosa’s tech fall against Greg Hixson at 152 and Gustavo Gonzalez’s pin of Slater Durbin at 113.

Grant Houser picked up a heavyweight win by forfeit for the Bears, but the tightest match of the night was easily Daniel Caddy against Colt Rohrig. The two spent most of their time locked up face to face, and each gained their only points in regulation from escapes.

Rohrig gained the sudden victory at 3-1 with a takedown in overtime.

“Daniel didn’t have his best match, but I think Rohrig is their toughest kid,” Fredrickson said.

MCHS wrestlers will have the weekend off before hosting another dual Tuesday, this time against Meeker.

“We definitely want to be rested up and ready for rivals like that,” Fredrickson said.

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