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Hayden wrestlers lose matchup against Moffat County, 54-30

Joel Reichenberger/Special to the Steamboat Today

Hayden's Treyben Letlow, left, grimaces as he tries to escape a hold by Moffat County's Lyle Schaffner during a wrestling meet in Hayden on Thursday night. Letlow eventually pinned Schaffner to win the match.

Hayden freshman Treyben Letlow appeared to have lost early Thusday in his match against Lyle Schaffner of Moffat County.

Then he just as quickly appeared to have the match won, nearly notching a first-round pin by rolling Schaffner to his back. Moments later it all changed again, the Bull-

dogs’ 171-pounder regaining control and piling up a 10-4 lead in the second period.

The match went on for nearly three full rounds, the point lead and the momentum seesawing several more times.

It was Letlow who finally crawled away the winner. After tying the match at 14, Letlow pinned Schaffner with 44.8 seconds remaining in the third period.

“I got pretty tired after awhile,” Letlow said. “I get in a lot of matches like that in my weight class because there are a lot of tough guys.

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“We were both pretty tired at the end of it. Pretty much if you could get a move in, it was probably going to work.”

Hayden lost Thursday’s dual to Moffat County, 54-30, the Tigers hemorrhaging points in five open weight classes.

When they did take the mat, they found mixed results. Junior Mitchel Doolin at 145 pounds and Mitchel VeDepo at 130 joined Letlow in victory.

Doolin was quick to win his match with a pin. VeDepo also didn’t waste time, pinning the Bulldogs’ Scott Mann with just 7.7 seconds remaining in the first round.

“He has really turned it on the last couple of weeks,” Hayden coach Ty Zabel said of VeDepo. “He’s probably the best technical wrestler we have.

“Doolin at 145 was solid, too. He’s having a really

good season.”

Zabel said he expected a little more from the other Tigers who wrestled Thursday.

He spent 10 minutes after the dual lecturing his team about what he’s looking for through the rest of the season.

Of the other Tigers, only Coy Letlow, who won via forfeit at 189 pounds, avoided being pinned.

“I was a little frustrated tonight,” Zabel said. “I was expecting a better performance. It’s time for them to step up. We’ve been learning since November. It’s time to step up and start performing.”

The Tigers will have plenty of time to get ready for their next action. The team travels Feb. 9 to a tournament in Eaton.

The tournament will be the team’s last regular-season action of the year, with the regional wrestling tournament taking place the following week.

“A lot of it is sickness,” Zabel said. “They’re coming. It’s building. We’re working on it. We just need to get healthy.”