Wrestlers wreak havoc in Union
Eight wrestlers, including all five seniors, undefeated
ROOSEVELT, UTAH — Kyle Fredrickson didn’t look like a wrestler who had just pinned his four opponents for an undefeated night.
The senior heavyweight was bent over the trashcan losing whatever lunch he had eaten.
The words he used to describe how he felt aren’t printable in a newspaper.
Big Fred missed practice all week because of illness and probably will not wrestle today in Rock Springs. Despite that, he dominated his Utah opponents along with his teammates.
The Bulldogs went 4-0 against Morgan (48-29), Uintah (84-0), Union (59-18) and Park City (80-0).
The five seniors, Big Fred, Eric Fredrickson, 130, Shayne Zimmerman, 160, Brent Chamberlain, 171 and Scott Garoutte, 215, all went 4-0 on the night.
“Make sure you print, ‘Seniors undefeated,'” said Chamberlain referring to a headline last week that read, “Sophomores show seniors how it’s done.”
“We did what we needed to tonight,” he said. “Tomorrow we’ll all be a little sore, but we can’t make excuses.”
The Bulldogs finished the night 46-9 with 35 pins.
“We’re getting better in all aspects,” coach Roman Gutierrez said. “We’re still going to need some guys to step up tomorrow if we’re going to do just as well.”
One aspect where the Bulldogs improved from last weekend’s tournament in Las Vegas was in the ability to come back.
Three wrestlers, Zimmerman, sophomore Trenton Duarte and sophomore Chris McAlexander pinned opponents when they were trailing in a match. McAlexander did it twice.
“We had kids not panic in the panic stages,” Gutierrez said. “They were also more aggressive.”
Zimmerman’s come-from-behind pin came at a crucial point in the dual against Morgan. The Bulldogs trailed 29-24 and the senior was behind 2-4 going into the third period. He reversed his opponent and stuck him to give the Bulldogs a 30-29 lead.
Chamberlain, sophomore Nick Navratil, 189, and Garoutte all pinned their opponents after Zimmerman’s pin to pull away from Morgan.
Navratil was one of seven Bulldogs to pin three or more opponents. The sophomore, junior Korey Kostur, 140, and sophomore Jake Breslin, 112, were the underclassmen who went undefeated Friday night. One other statistic in the dominance category was that the Bulldogs from 160 pounds and heavier were 20-0.
The Bulldogs were a perfect 84-0 against Uintah, but the team they wrestled was the JV squad. The varsity team from Vernal, which has several nationally ranked wrestlers, was in Ohio for a tournament.
The Bulldogs left the meet immediately after their 80-0 win against Park City for Rock Springs, Wyoming. They will wrestle four more duals there today.
Gutierrez said he expected his team to be challenged more today, especially with some tough individuals.
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