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Tournaments galore in store for Craig wrestlers

Middle school athletes headed to state; Bad Dogs Classic takes place Saturday

Near and far, the young wrestlers of Northwest Colorado are gearing up for a busy weekend.

Grapplers with Colorado Middle SchoolColorado Middle School are preparing to attend the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Denver, expecting to place well if their previous performance is any indication. are preparing to attend the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Denver, expecting to place well if their previous performance is any indication.

Colorado Middle School are preparing to attend the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Denver, expecting to place well if their previous performance is any indication.

During the Region 6 Tournament hosted by Rocky Mountain NationalsRocky Mountain Nationals in Grand Junction, 13 CMS wrestlers placed in the top eight of their weight classes, including regional champions Michael Voloshin and Daniel Caddy. in Grand Junction, 13 CMS wrestlers placed in the top eight of their weight classes, including regional champions Michael Voloshin and Daniel Caddy.

Rocky Mountain Nationals in Grand Junction, 13 CMS wrestlers placed in the top eight of their weight classes, including regional champions Michael Voloshin and Daniel Caddy.

In the 100-pound class, Michael made it to the final round of the brackets, where a fight to the finish was in store. Down, 4-0, against Delta County's Traycer Hall, the sixth-grader rallied late in the round.

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"In the third period, I reversed him and got three points and then just rode him out," he said.

Michael's father and coach, Mark, could not have been prouder.

"He got him on his back, and for him to come from behind like that was neat," Mark said. "All his hard work has paid off."

In the 105-pound class, eighth-grader Caddy pinned opponents from Rangely and Western Slope Elite and went 5-0 against Delta's Samuel Erickson before claiming a 13-0 major decision against WSE's Nicole Koch.

Also placing at regionals were Caden Call (70 pounds), Dylan Zimmerman (75) and Dagan White (80) in second; third place for Kael Poe (70); fourth for Kaden Cox (90); fifth for Logan Montgomery (70); sixth for Slater Durbin (90) and Tyler Fortune (100); seventh for Ryan Duzik (85) and Gage Kawcak (100); and eighth for Jeremiah Ziegler (95).

Also competing were Blake Juergens, Joe Neal and Brock Hartung.

Wrestlers who ranked at regional events with RMN get free entry into the state tournament, which is open to any middle school athlete.

The list of CMS competitors who will be going to Denver this weekend isn't 100 percent just yet, but most are planning to head into the biggest tourney yet.

"I really want to win it this year," Caddy said, noting he plans to keep improving in the sport on his way to high school. "I really want to improve my movement on bottom, just be able to get out faster."

Caddy added the reason he's come so far is because of great coaching from Tanner Linsacum, Mark Voloshin, Mark Zimmerman and Daniel Cramblett.

"They've helped me a lot, critiqued me," he said.

Those who do attend state will unfortunately miss out on one of the few home events of the spring as the ninth annual Bad Dogs Classic brings in area competition at Moffat County High School Saturday.

The event starts at 9 a.m. for ages 8 and younger, while those who are 9- through 14-years-old will start at 1 p.m.

Besides the hosting Bad Dogs team, Moffat County Youth Wrestling will be getting in on the action, also hosting its own event in mid-April.

Registration is open for the Classic through 10 p.m. Thursday with brackets available Friday morning.

For more information on registering, call 970-620-0755 or 970-629-3452 or visit Trackwrestling.comTrackwrestling.com..

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Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com or follow him on Twitter @CDP_Sports.