Moffat County wrestling wins dual with Steamboat Springs |

Moffat County wrestling wins dual with Steamboat Springs

Moffat County High School's Hugo Hernandez works toward a win during the team's duals with Steamboat Springs on Wednesday night in Craig. MCHS won the overall event, 49-27.
Andy Bockelman

Two rivals battled Wednesday evening in the Moffat County High School gym, and while one team walked away with more individual victories, it still was the host that won the overall meet.

MCHS won its duals with Steamboat Springs with a total point tally of 49-27 during a night that saw hard-fought wins and losses for both sides.

Junior varsity grapplers Ethan Powers and Indy Byrnes each won in their opening matches, and as the night continued, Drake Zimmerman, Jay Carrico and John T. Peroulis each finished with pins, while Hugo Hernandez also won his bout.

The rest of Moffat County struggled against the Sailors roster, which included Colton Pasternak, Kyle Spognardi, Colton Crawford, Dakota Thvedt, Lance Bryant, Miles Buchan, Matt Hansen, Hayden Johnson, Gage Reynolds and Dylan Wallace.

Although taking a greater number of wins, Steamboat’s smaller lineup gave MCHS several wins by forfeiture that left the Bulldogs the overall winners of the night.

“What can you do when you give up that many points right away?” Steamboat coach Travis Bryant said. “Head-to-head, I think they know who won.”

Bryant credited his team members’ stamina as the key to outlasting the Bulldogs in some of their tougher moments.

At a tournament in Granby last week, Moffat County’s Issik Herod placed first in the 132-pound division, but he fell this time by a single point.

“I feel like I should have done a lot better,” he said. “I need to work on being on top.”

He added that Steamboat’s wrestlers will see a different MCHS team when they next meet.

Chris Moschetti, Ryan Zimmerman, Elias Peroulis, Weston Brady, Stelios Peroulis, Toryn Hume, Jordan Kainz, Tanner Gilliland and Frankie Masterson were also among the Bulldogs who suited up, though not all got to compete.

Moffat County coach Tanner Linsacum said the results weren’t exactly what he would have liked, though they weren’t negative.

“We had some great wins; we had some kids that fought a little bit. They had tough kids, but we won the dual,” Linsacum said.

While Steamboat heads to Delta later this week, the Bulldogs will travel to Hotchkiss and Grand Junction as well as a JV tournament in Rifle. Linsacum said he expects his team to bounce back quickly for a new challenge.

“We’ll get it all worked out,” he said.

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

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