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Sophomores show seniors how it’s done

LAS VEGAS — The first lesson of the season for the Moffat County High School wrestling team wasn’t for the seven sophomores supposedly learning how to wrestle on varsity. It was for the upperclassmen.

“Football shape isn’t wrestling shape,” senior 215-pounder Scott Garoutte said after he ran out of gas and lost his first match of the season, 9-12, to Silverado’s Ben Jacobs. “(A loss) won’t happen again.”

The defending state champion had one week to practice after the football team was defeated in the state playoffs. He had set a goal to go undefeated this year. That goal ended almost before it started.



“Going undefeated puts a lot of pressure on a wrestler,” coach Roman Gutierrez said. “I’ve only had one guy do it in my years. I told Scott not to stress about it because now that pressure is off.”

The Bulldogs didn’t feel much pressure after defeating Silverado, Nev., 56-12, but the loses and close matches didn’t come from the rookies.



Senior heavyweight Kyle Fredrickson, junior Daniel Cramblett, 145, and Garoutte lost their first matches. Junior Korey Kostur, 140, and senior Eric Fredrickson, 130, held on to win close matches.

The seven sophomores made it look like they were the seasoned veterans with four pins (Chris McAlexander, 119, Jake Breslin, 112, Brice Boling, 103, Cody Norman, 135), two dominating wins (Nick Navratil, 189, won 15-1, Trenton Duarte, 152, won 16-3) and a bye.

“Those guys came out and looked good for us,” Gutierrez said. “They carried that dual.”

Navratil was proud of the guys he’s grown up wrestling with.

“They were nervous, and I told them not to be and just go out and wrestle smart,” he said. “It was awesome the way they came out.”

Maybe the upperclassmen could learn from their younger teammates.

“They did a good job,” Garoutte said. “(The upperclassmen) need to come out and end things earlier so we can’t wear down.”

Seniors Shayne Zimmerman, 160, and Brent Chamberlain, 171, did their jobs. They both earned pins in their season-opening matches.

“We’ve got some work to do to get some of those guys in wrestling shape,” Gutierrez said. “But now they know they can’t mess around because the longer they go the tougher it will be.”

In the second dual of the night against Durango, Nev., Moffat County had 13 pins and won, 78-3. One of the Bulldogs’ biggest rivals at the tournament, Temecula, Calif., defeated Durango earlier in the night, 69-6.

“It looks like Temecula’s going to be tough again this year,” I was happy with the way we came out aggressively in the second dual.”

The Bulldogs begin wrestling at 9 a.m. today with one of the top two seeds.


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