Wrestlers bring home five golds, team title
So far this season the only wrestler to take down Moffat County High School senior Ty Weber has been his partner in practice, Ty Grandbouche.
The sparring partners won their respective weight classes this weekend at the Middle Park tournament and Weber was named the Outstanding Wrestler of the tournament, which the Bulldogs won.
“The ‘Tys’ always want to wrestle each other in practice and I think it benefits both of them,” coach Roman Gutierrez said. “Right now, everybody doesn’t want to wrestle in the 152 weight class because they know Weber will be there waiting.”
While Weber, the 18th ranked wrestler at 152 in the country, pinned all three of his opponents, his teammates fared well also as the Bulldogs had all but two wrestlers finish third or better in a field consisting of sixth-ranked Pueblo South and ninth-ranked Rifle in Class 4A as well as Wyoming Class 3A defending state champions, Torrington.
Other tournament winners for MCHS were junior Kaleb Brown, (135), who scored in the final seconds of his championship match to get the win, and junior Jason Mosher, (140), who scored one pin and a 15-5 decision in the championship. Senior Brandon Duarte, (171), beat a new rival, Anthony Alfini of Rifle, 11-8 in the championship. Alfini was the fifth-place finisher in the 189 class in 4A last year and has moved down to
171 this season.
The Bulldogs had two second-place finishes from sophomore Eric Fredrickson and senior Trevor Sloan. Fredrickson lost to defending state champion, Dino Aragon, of Pueblo South, in the championship round, 1-8. Senior Trevor Sloan may have had the hardest fought second-place finish with a win over last year’s runner up in 4A, John Grando, from Pueblo South, 5-3, and then a loss to the Wyoming state champ Wade Betschart, 5-11, in the final.
Third-place finishers were: freshman Seven Englert, who lost to a Lake County wrestler in his first match but came back to beat him, 6-4, for third place; juniors Jesse Brookshire, (130), and Charlie Martinez, (160), went 4-1 on the day to earn the bronze; sophomore Brent Chamberlain battled to a 3-1 record for third place.
The Bulldogs finished with 248.5 points, 40 in front of second place surprise Broomfield. Torrington was third with 191 and Pueblo South finished fourth with 172.5 points.
“I told the guys that they looked sluggish on Thursday at Union and that they needed to pick it up,” Gutierrez said.
“We saw some good things at Middle Park on Saturday. We just have to take it one tournament at a time.”
David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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