Steamboat wrestlers beat by Moffat County, Coal Ridge at Craig meet |

Steamboat wrestlers beat by Moffat County, Coal Ridge at Craig meet

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Moffat County freshman Shandon Hadley squares off with Steamboat Springs High School's Nathan Parks on Thursday in Craig.

— Moffat County hosted Thursday its final home wrestling competition of the season, a triangular with Coal Ridge and Steamboat Springs. The Bulldogs — who have struggled at recent meets in Green River, Wyo., and Rifle — turned it around and picked up two wins Thursday, beating Coal Ridge, 48-19, and Steamboat, 38-24.

It was a night of highlights for the Bulldogs, including 2-0 performances from Issik Herod and Jesse Demoor. Demoor got a quick pin in his first match against Coal Ridge's Nelson Bell but looked to be in trouble against Brandon Yeager, of Steamboat, before turning it around and getting a pin late in the second round.

"The second (match), I made a lot of mistakes, but then I just went to my back a bunch, and you've got to fight," Demoor said. "You don't worry about the score. You've just got to think straight and don't ever stop fighting."

Brady Springer also scored a pin against Coal Ridge after being behind 7-1 in the match. In his final home match of his career, Garrett Stewart got a major decision, 10-2, win against Steamboat's Dane Koepfer.

Moffat County coach Roman Gutierrez was happy to see his senior win at home.

"It was good to finish up (with wins), especially for Garrett wrestling his last home meet," Gutierrez said. "Those are always memorable matches."

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In the other dual of the day, Coal Ridge beat Steamboat, 36-30, where every match ended with a pin. Coal Ridge took the lead in the early weight classes, but the Sailors scored pins in the later weights, where many of their upperclassmen wrestle.

"All those guys are coming along pretty well, my juniors and seniors," Steamboat coach Shane Yeager said. "We worked on some stuff in practice, and they used that on the mat tonight. Brandon (Yeager) wrestled two good matches; he just got caught against Craig."

Connor O'Brien and Cole Sittig each went 2-0 in the 170- and 285-pound classes, respectively. For much of the rest of the team, Shane Yeager is hoping they will gain confidence in time for the postseason.

"We were lacking a little confidence, so we just need to get our confidence up," he said. "This part of the season, you've got to wrestle with confidence, and hopefully, we'll pull it together."

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