Tooele wrestlers battled to a third-place finish at the Best of the West tournament at Tooele High School last weekend. Stansbury came in fifth and Grantsville tied for 12th place.
Uintah, crowning four champions and placing 10 wrestlers in the top three positions, captured the team trophy, scoring 253.5 points. Union came in second place with 194 points to edge out Tooele, who scored 172.5 points.
Tooele County’s three high schools were well represented in the finals, as Stansbury and Tooele each had three grapplers in the championship finals while Grantsville had one wrestler make the championship match.
After two days of wrestling, four local wrestlers nabbed individual championships. Tooele’s Josh Bishop and Jarrid Lavios earned titles at 113 and 120, respectively. Stansbury’s Jalen Herrera and Marcellano Mascarenas earned titles at 132 and 138, respectively.
At 113 pounds, Tooele’s Bishop opened the tournament with a 16-1 tech fall over Brighton’s River Ortiz. In the quarterfinals, he earned a major decision (11-3) over Hunter’s Antonio Ruiz. Bishop ran into Stansbury’s Gavin Skogg in the semis, pinning him in the third period to move on to the finals.
Bishop and Richfield’s Cameron Dickinson, who edged Bishop 15-14 at the Thunder Duals last month, met in the finals. Bishop jumped ahead in the opening period, getting a takedown before Dickinson reversed to tie up the score. Bishop grabbed a last second reversal to lead 4-2 after one period. Dickinson took charge in the second period. Bishop escaped, but lost the takedown to Dickinson. He escaped again, but Dickinson got a takedown to knot up the match at 6-6 after two periods.
Starting the third period on top, Bishop was able to catch Dickinson on his back for three near-fall points and a 9-6 lead. Late in the match, Dickinson reversed Bishop to close the gap to 9-8. In the final seconds, Dickinson let Bishop escape, putting Bishop up 10-8, but Dickinson was unable to score as time expired, enabling Bishop to capture his first Best of the West championship. Dickinson finished second in state last year and was selected to the Utah All-Star team, who wrestled Monday night at UVU in Orem.
Tooele’s Lavios (120 pounds) opened the meet with a bye before he pinned Uintah’s Tim Suwyn. In the semis, Lavios battled Union’s Wyatt Perry, beating him 7-2 to move on to the finals. Maple Mountain’s Marshall Curtis, who finished third in state last year, pinned both his opponents leading him to the finals. In the championship match, Lavios jumped out to a quick lead, taking Curtis to his back for a takedown and three-point near fall. He didn’t let up and he dominated Curtis with a 14-7 victory to capture Tooele’s second individual championship.
At 132 pounds, Tooele’s Tyson Vigil and Stansbury’s Herrera made the finals and would battle for the third time this season. Both grapplers received opening round byes. Herrera won decisions over Union’s McCoy Richards and Uintah’s Andres Toro to make it to the finals. Vigil pinned Maple Mountain’s Tristan Hellstrom and earned a close decision over Austin Kennedy of Kearns to earn his spot in the finals.
Herrera and Vigil had split their first two matches this year. Herrera edged Vigil 4-2 at the Stallion Stampede. At the region dual at Stansbury, Vigil edged Herrera 6-4. In the rubber match, Herrera was able to grab a first-period takedown to jump out to a 2-0 lead. He increased the lead to 3-0 with a second-period escape. Vigil took down to start the third period. He was able to score a reversal late in the match and trailed Herrera 3-2. Herrera escaped to take a 4-2 lead and held off Vigil’s takedown attempts to earn the victory and the championship title.
Stansbury’s second finalist was 138 pounder Mascarenas. He opened the tournament with a pin over Brighton’s Jack Gardner. In his second match, he avenged an earlier region loss to Tooele’s Austin Strehle with a close 4-3 win. Dixie’s Aidan Rich locked horns with Mascarenas in the semis. The match went into overtime, but Mascarenas was able to pull out the win with a 4-2 sudden victory to get to the finals.
In the finals, Mascarenas battled Uintah’s Cody Merkley. Neither wrestler was able to score in the opening period. Merkley took down and was able to escape for a 1-0 lead. Mascarenas was able to get a double-leg takedown and take a 2-1 lead. Merkley was able to escape again to tie the score at 2-2 after two periods. Taking down, Mascarenas was attempting to escape when Merkley was penalized for a full nelson. That gave Mascarenas a 3-2 lead. With 20 seconds left in the match, Mascarenas was able to escape and earn a tough 4-2 victory and the second championship title for Stansbury.
Grantsville’s Chance Warr made the finals at the 170-pound class. He opened with a bye and then blanked Dixie’s Brenr Nelson 10-0. In the semis, Warr pinned Kearn’s Sherwin Lavaka. He ran into Union’s Kaden Campbell in the finals. Campbell took second in state last year. After two tough rounds, Campbell was able to pin Warr. Warr earned second place.
Marty Johnson, Stansbury’s 220 pounder, advanced to the finals with a bye and close decisions over Union’s Carson Lamb (4-2) and Brighton’s Nick Flores (3-2). Undefeated Colton Grossaint of Kearns stood in the way of Johnson and the title. In the opening period, Grossaint earned a takedown to grab a 2-0 lead. He increased his lead in the second period with two takedowns to Johnson’s two escapes. That put Grossaint ahead 6-2 entering the final period. Grossaint escaped and then earned a takedown, with Johnson ending the scoring with a late escape. Grossaint captured the championship with a 9-3 win.
Tooele was able to place 11 wrestlers while Stansbury placed nine and Grantsville had two place winners. At 106 pounds, Stansbury’s Haden Stewart finished fourth, while Tooele’s Triston Gossett finished in fifth place.
At 113 pounds, Stansbury’s Gavin Skogg earned a sixth-place finish. Grantsville’s Hunter Anderson grabbed a sixth-place finish at 120 pounds. At 126 pounds, Tooele’s Jake Hansen earned a sixth-place finish while his teammate, Aaron Garcia pinned Stansbury’s Coalten Brown to finish third. Brown finished in fourth place.
At 132 pounds, Stansbury’s Logan Bowles finished in sixth place. Tooele’s Garrett Gleed pinned Union’s Charlie Bingham to finish in third place at 145 pounds. Stansbury’s Nathan Spilker earned a sixth place finish. Tooele’s Zach Cruz lost in the consolation finals at 160 pounds to finish in fourth place.
Tooele’s Maka Kioa won two overtime matches, both against Kearns’ Alex Brock to finish with a third-place finish at 182 pounds. Tooele’s Daniel Aragon (195) and Taejohn Koffel (220) both earned fifth-place finishes.
In the junior varsity competition, Tooele dominated the action with a first-place team finish. They earned 299.5 points to second place Uintah, who came in with 181.5 points. Maple Mountain was third with 130 points and Kearns came in fourth with 113.5. Stansbury finished fifth place with 86 points. Grantsville finished in ninth place with 63 points.
Brady Knight (106), Mason Hansen (113), Trevor Gleed (120), Anthony Ventura (138), Byron Baker (170) and Nick Garcia (220) all captured first-place titles for Tooele while Riley Jensen (195) captured the title for Grantsville.
Five Tooele wrestlers brought home second places. They include Rico Yslas (113), David Carreau (138), Jake Brady (170), Trevor Hansen (195) and Donnie Glaser (285). Stansbury’s Josh Larsen also finished in second place.
Third place finishers include: Grantsville’s Cooper Wolfley, Stansbury’s Taylor Johansen and Nick Johnson and Tooele’s Andrew McReavy and Braden Richter. Fourths were earned by Stansbury’s Amir Ffrench, Tooele’s John Long and Colton Jensen and Grantsville’s Kaden Gregory. Fifth-place finishers were Tooele’s Michael Christensen, Chase Richter, John McRae, Jaren Wilson and Michael Greco and Stansbury’s Montana Newbold. Sixth-place finishers includes Stansbury’s Heber Valles and Tooele’s Jacob Leo, Alex Hale and Phillip Bills.
Thursday, Tooele travels to Grantsville and Stansbury heads up to tangle with Bear River for region dual meets. Tooele’s varsity heads to Cedar City to battle in the Iron Town Duals this weekend. Grantsville and Tooele’s JV will compete at the West High Capital City Classic while Stansbury will travel to the Northridge tournament.