Steamboat Springs The Sailors wrestling team will find out which Bulldog has the biggest bite tonight as it goes up against Moffat County and Palisade.
The two teams, whose mascots are both Bulldogs, will give the Sailors a glance at what some of the toughest competition will be like at the regional and state level as the teams meet in Moffat County.
Moffat County, the defending state champion and ranked No. 1 in the state this season, possesses tough wrestlers in all weight classes. Palisade, ranked No. 8 by the Rocky Mountain News, will also bring some top wrestlers to the mat.
Steamboat has already squared off with Palisade once this year at the Rifle High School Invitational on Jan. 26. Steamboat wrestlers Dave Gittleson, Gary Rule and Will Zimmerer were all pinned by their Palisade opponents.
Steamboat will be coming into tonight's triangular meet after a strong scrimmage with North Park on Wednesday, a West Grand dual match this past Saturday and a triangular meet against Rangely and Meeker last Thursday.
At heavyweight, Will Zimmerer will be leading the charge as the new Steamboat record holder. Last week, Zimmerer pinned Meeker's Steven Rust in the first period to hold the most total season pins in Steamboat history.
Zimmerer's 20th pin beat out Jeremy Decker's old record of 19, which was made in the 1990s.
On Saturday, the Mustangs and Sailors only matched up in two weights but mixed and matched wrestlers so most grapplers had some competition. Both 130-pounder Rule and 112-pounder Kelly Chambers were pinned in the team's only regular varsity matches.
In exhibition matches, the team's lone win came from 119-pounder Gittle-
son, who pinned Brian Klotz in the second period.
At heavyweight, Zimmerer was pinned in the third period by 189-pounder Cody Mumma, and 160-pounder Matt Lakin was pinned by Pat Schwartz in the second period.
Chambers went on to wrestle two more physical and aggressive matches against West Grand but lost both. Rule also wrestled again and was pinned in the second period by Gary Thompson.
"All in all, the team wrestled well but some little mistakes were very costly," Sailors coach Jay Muhme said.
"We are only two weeks away from the regional tournament and we need to eliminate mistakes if we intend on wrestling in the state competition."
Today, Steamboat will wrestle Moffat County at 5 p.m. before doing battle with Palisade.
Moffat County will wrestle Palisade in the third match of the dual.
On Saturday, Steamboat travels to Delta for a 1 p.m. meet in its final regular-season competition.