Grand Valley wrestling falls to Moffat County in home match
A late three-match run propelled the Moffat County Bulldogs to a 32-27 victory Thursday night inside The Nest in Parachute over the host Grand Valley Cardinals in a team dual.
Following a win by fall in 2:51 of the 138-pound match by Grand Valley’s Hector Arzate that pushed the Cardinals in front at 27-21, the Bulldogs roared back for the win late, starting with a technical fall (16-0) win by Daniel Caddy over Grand Valley’s Isaiah Tigert in the 145-pound match. Caddy started fast for the Bulldogs, taking control of the match quickly against Tigert.
Building off of Caddy’s big win that made it 27-26 Grand Valley, Moffat County’s Pepper Ryne defeated Grand Valley’s Anthony Fladeland in the 152-pound match by decision, 10-5, in a tightly-contested, back-and-forth match, pushing the Bulldogs in front, 29-27.
Daniel Cruz then closed out the win for the Bulldogs with a 10-3 decision win over Grand Valley’s Cristian Barragan, giving the Bulldogs the 32-27 win.
Prior to Moffat County’s late run for the win, Grand Valley was in control of the match as Brayden Harper opened the night with a forfeit win in the 170-pound match, while Asa Grice added a forfeit win in the 220-match, giving the Cardinals a 12-0 lead.
Hayden Grice added a forfeit win in the 285-pound match, pushing Grand Valley’s lead to 18-0 before Moffat County got on the board in the match with a forfeit win by Caden Call in the 106-pound match.
With forfeits ruling the night early, Moffat County’s Anthony Duran and Grand Valley’s Derrick Medina found themselves locked into the first real match of the night at 113 pounds. The two quick wrestlers found themselves trading point for point until Duran pulled away with a takedown and near fall points, taking a 10-5 win to make it 18-9 Grand Valley.
Moffat’s Ryan Duzik followed up Duran’s win with a win by fall over Grand Valley’s Keenan Strauss in the 120-pound match in 3:29, before Grand Valley’s Hector De La Cruz answered back for Grand Valley with an 11-4 decision win over Moffat’s Blake Juergens in the 126-pound match.
Holding a 21-15 lead over the Bulldogs, the Cardinals looked to put Moffat County away on the night, but Isiaih Herod pinned Grand Valley’s Paul Wojclechowski in 5:36 of the 132-pound match to knot the dual up at 21-21. That set up Arzate’s win at 138 pounds before Moffat County closed strong for the win.
Grand Valley returns to the mat next Thursday when the Cardinals travel to Rifle for a dual.
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