The Buckaroo team went head to head in 9 duals at the tournament, finishing with wins against American Leadership Academy, Wasatch and Salem. In their match against ALA, the Bucks were perfect, with every Buckaroo winning by fall, and eight of the pins coming in the first period and four in the second. The Bucks won by fall in 45 of their 55 wins. Hunter Bowring and Brian Robinson put up the fastest pin of the weekend, each earning a 19 second win against their opponents from Wasatch. The Bucks were defeated by teams from Tooele, Duchesne, Orem, Carbon, Salem Hills and Grand. The young Buckaroos gave up 18 points in forfeits in each dual with three open weights at this time. In duals with Carbon, Grand and Duchesne, the Bucks lost by less than 18 points and looked strong in head to head matches.
Leading off for the Buckaroos were seniors CJ Cordasco and Coltan Musselman and freshman Hunter Bowring, who were all undefeated on the weekend, bringing home first place medals following strong individual performances. Cordasco ended his Junior season with a State Championship medal in his hand, and has his sights set on bringing home a second. Cordasco dominated his competition, earning wins by fall in the first period of seven of his matches, and going into the third period in only one match, which he won 6-5 in an exciting match against Duchesne. Musselman is looking for a “bookend” set of State Championships, earning one in his freshman season and looking to cap off his senior season with another. Musselman was strong for the Bucks putting up seven wins by fall, and a huge technical fall win in the second period against a strong Salem Hills opponent. Musselman cruised through his weight class which coaches considered the toughest class of the tournament. Hunter Bowring stepped to the mat in his first outing as a varsity Buckaroo wrestler and showed that he was ready for the challenge. Bowring left no doubt that he will be strong for the Bucks at 103, putting up six of his 9 wins by fall, and shutting out opponents from Orem, 8-0 and Grand 10-0.
Buckaroo Freshman Dailyn Warren was a strong force for the team, earning a second place medal in his first varsity tournament. Warren finished with a 6-3 record, earning four of his wins by fall. Finishing with third place medals were Brian Robinson, Nephi Barlow and John Mayne. Robinson put up a 6-3 record with all six of his wins by fall, followed by Barlow with five wins by fall and Mayne with three falls and a points win.
Also wrestling for the Buckaroos this season and each picking up wins at the tournament are Curtis Baird, Roque DeAnda, Kelland Brewer, Trevor Wagstaff, Eric Anderson, and Jake Giles.
With a host of new talent and incoming freshman being added to a roster which includes several strong returning wrestlers, the Buckaroos are looking forward to an exciting season. Tonight the Bucks will take on the Grand County Red Devils at 7 p.m. at MHS. This weekend they will travel the Dove Creek Tournament.
Wrestler of the week
Coltan Musselman has the Monticello High School Wrestler Spotlight this week.
Starting off his senior season in impressive fashion, Musselman brought home a first place medal from the Carbon Tournament.
Musselman will now continue to build on the 9-0 record he built this weekend on his way to the State Tournament, where he plans to earn a second State Championship medal, a feat he accomplished in his freshman season.
Musselman dominated his opponents in Price, earning seven wins by fall, with five during the first period of the match.
He also put up an impressive technical fall win over a strong opponent from Salem Hills.
Musselman didn’t pay attention to the hype surrounding his competitor, wasting no time earning the 15-point win in only the second period.
Coaches praised Musselman for the strong performance in what was considered to be the strongest weight class of the tournament. They look for great things from Coltan in his final season as a Buckaroo wrestler, both on the mat and as a team leader.
Coltan is a senior, a co-captain, and the son of Ronnie and Tami Musselman.