Smaller squad battles big as Moffat County wrestling takes on Tiger Duals
The final numbers didn’t reflect the hard work of Moffat County High School during their recent events.
Another weekend with five rounds of action was a workout for MCHS varsity at the Tiger Duals in Grand Junction, though the Bulldogs had a diminished roster working against them.
Vacancies at the 106-, 113-, 132- and 285-pound classes made an unavoidable difference in the tallies as the Dogs gave up as much as 24 points per round, most notably against Northglenn, who had a full team to take the win at 43-31 but gave up four pins against the Dogs.
Arvada West and Fruita Monument also took team wins at 40-33 and 39-37, but Moffat County had 11 combined victories in competition against the two opponents, who had only seven wins against MCHS between them.
Conversely, a meeting with an equally sparse Palisade team resulted in only five matches, of which Moffat County won two but earned the victory at 42-33. A 48-24 round with Eagle Valley again saw mostly forfeits on both sides, with the Bulldogs defeating the Devils in all four competitive bouts.
The Dogs had four wrestlers go 5-0: Daniel Caddy (138), Miki Klimper (170), Elias Peroulis (182) and Toryn Hume (220), each of whom won at least one match by forfeit but also had two falls, in Klimper’s case, four.
Karson Cox (120) and Ethan Powers (145) were each 4-1 and Chris Moschetti (126) 3-1, sitting out the final match.
Jefferson Piatt (195) went 2-3, as did Connor Winn filling in for Drake Zimmerman at the 160 slot.
There was no rest for Greg Hixson at 152 as the only weight to have no forfeits during the day, and though he lost four rounds, he finished strong with a win by fall over Eagle Valley’s Noah Baldwin.
Before the Tiger Duals was a Friday night dual in Hotchkiss, which MCHS lost 40-33, with forfeits a big factor, as was an injury to Dagan White (106) that kept him out of the Grand Junction event the following day.
Even so, the faceoff between two Bulldog teams was more favorable to blue than red as Moffat County was 5-4 in contested matches, with wins by decision for Moschetti, Caddy and Hixson and wins by fall for Powers and Hume.
MCHS also had a small but strong turnout at Saturday’s JV tournament in Rifle, with all five grapplers placing.
Blake Juergens (120) and Coltyn Terry (126) each took third, 3-1 and 4-1 respectively after defeats in the first round, with Terry ending the tourney with a win against teammate Jeremiah Ziegler, who placed fourth, as did Slater Durbin (113) and Keaton Durbin (138).
MCHS varsity and JV wrestlers travel to Basalt for a Tuesday dual before splitting up again over the weekend as JV visits Fruita Monument and varsity readies for the highly competitive Warrior Classic hosted by Central High School in Grand Junction.
Moffat County High School varsity wrestling at Tiger Duals
Weight class, MCHS wrestler — event record, wins by pin
- 120, Karson Cox — 4-1, 1
- 126, Chris Moschetti — 3-1, 1
- 138, Daniel Caddy — 5-0, 2
- 145, Ethan Powers — 4-1, 2
- 152, Greg Hixson — 1-4, 1
- 160, Connor Winn — 2-3
- 170, Miki Klimper — 5-0, 4
- 182, Elias Peroulis — 5-0, 2
- 195, Jefferson Piatt — 2-3, 2
- 220, Toryn Hume — 5-0, 2
MCHS junior varsity at Rifle JV Tournament
Weight class, MCHS wrestler — event record, place
- 113, Slater Durbin — 1-3, 4th
- 120, Blake Juergens — 3-1, 3rd
- 126, Coltyn Terry — 4-1, 3rd
- 126, Jeremiah Ziegler — 3-2, 4th
- 138, Keaton Durbin — 2-2, 4th
After four years of hard work, members of Moffat County High School’s Class of 2019 are striving to keep going for greatness in the world, and the Bulldogs who took top honors during graduation aren’t just sitting on their laurels.