Nine wrestlers from Virgin Valley High School competed recently at the annual Western State Colorado University team camp held on the school’s campus in Gunnison, Colorado.
All nine Bulldog wrestlers won more than 10 matches each and helped the squad go 12-2 overall in dual meet competition.
Cutler Crandall and Ethan Woods each went 10-3 overall at 98 pounds while Gage Woods finished 11-3 at 113 pounds.
Ty Smith went 14-1 overall in the 120-pound division. His only loss came in an all-star match, 2-0, to Jace Colzer of Kansas. Colzer is the 2017 NHSCA National Champion. Smith is a current three-time Nevada 3-A state champion.
Case Crandall finished 11-3 overall at 126 while Timmy Moeai went 10-4 at 170.
Cresent Crandall went 13-1 overall at 182. He lost an 8-6 decision that kept him from advancing to the all-start dual. Crandall is a defending Nevada 3-A state champion.
Dayden Payne posted a 14-2 mark and lost in a wrestle off to advance to the all-star dual.
“Our guys really wrestled well,” VVHS coach Skyler Woods said. “Not bad, considering we only had nine wrestlers competing in 15 weight classes.”
Former VVHS wrestler Jacob Baird, a three-time Nevada 3-A state champion, was helping run the camp along with his Western State Colorado teammates and coaches. Baird signed with the Mountaineers this past spring.
Two Bulldog wrestlers – Ty Smith and Cresent Crandall – will compete in the United States Marine Corps Cadet/Junior Nationals July 14-22 in Fargo, North Dakota. The meet is Freestyle and Greco-Roman competition.