Moffat County tops Grand Valley 54-22 in wrestling season opener |

Moffat County tops Grand Valley 54-22 in wrestling season opener

Moffat County wrestler Billy Lawton gains top control against a Grand Valley wrestler Tuesday night. Lawton recorded a pin fall against the Cardinals. (Andy Bockelman / For Craig Press)

Moffat County kicked off high school sports Season B in style Tuesday night, rolling to a convincing 54-22 win over the visiting Grand Valley Cardinals from Parachute.

The host Bulldogs came out strong on the mat and benefited late from four forfeits by Grand Valley in the dual meet.

Grand Valley wins came from Hayden Grice (285 pounds) in an 8-3 decision over Daniel Cruz; Teagan Jacobs (106) over Noah Duran by major decision (13-1); and Hector De La Cruz (126) over Anthony Duran, 7-5.

Forfeit wins were recorded for Cardinal wrestlers Isaac Tigert (220) and Brayden Harper (195).

Moffat County sophomore Michael Voloshin, junior Pepper Rhyne, freshman Blake Hill and sophomore Billy Lawton recorded wins by pin fall over Grand Valley’s Dominic Mendoza, Jordan Cedeno, Taylor Drinkhouse and Cristian Barragon, respectively, to lead the Bulldogs.

Senior Blake Juergens didn’t get a chance to compete on the mat one final time at home due to a Grand Valley forfeit in his weight class. But that didn’t dampen his mood on Senior Night.

“It feels pretty good, leave this gym like with a W, you know? I don’t want to leave knowing our last home duel was a loss, at least my last home dual,” Juergens said. “It feels good.”

The first Garfield County wrestling meet of the season is Thursday when Coal Ridge High School hosts Basalt and Glenwood Springs.

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