A classic region battle took place between the Tooele and Stansbury wrestling teams last night in the Stallions’ gymnasium, with the Buffalos coming out on top 43-18.
The evening began at the 152-pound weight class and Tooele took charge from the beginning when sophomore Jackson Gavin opened against Stansbury’s Easton Patch. Patch got a quick takedown, but Gavin escaped and took Patch down to lead 3-2 after the first period. Patch took a short 4-2 lead with a reversal before Gavin gained control and pinned Patch 39 seconds into the second period. That match gave Tooele a 6-0 lead.
Braden Richter, filling in for an injured Tooele wrestler at 160, made the best of his varsity action. He took down Jarom Warburton, turned him and pinned him in the first period to give Tooele a 12-0 lead.
The pinning continued when Byron Baker (170) locked horns with Stansbury’s Amir French. French earned a quick takedown to open the match. Baker escaped and got a takedown of his own to take a 3-2 lead. French earned an escape to tie up the match at 3-3 after one period of action. Taking the down position to start the second period, Baker escaped and took French down, pinning him at the 2:52 mark. The third consecutive pin pushed Tooele’s lead to 18-0.
At 182 pounds, Trevor Tomac made it four in a row for Tooele when he pinned Stansbury’s Ben Buhler late in the opening period to help Tooele jump out to a large 24-0 lead.
But Stansbury pulled off their own consecutive streak, beginning with big win by junior Easton Brown. Battling Tooele’s junior Maka Kioa at the 195 class, Brown earned a tough takedown. Kioa was able to escape to trail Brown 1-2 after the first period. Kioa tied the match in the second period with another escape and they entered the final period knotted up at 2-2. After three caution violations, Brown was awarded one point to take the lead. He added to his lead with an escape and edged Kioa 4-2 to grab Stansbury’s first team points.
Trailing 24-3 in the team score, Stansbury’s big Marty Johnson and Tooele’s Daniel Aragon locked horns in another battle. Neither wrestler scored in the opening period, but Johnson was able to escape in the second period and take a small 1-0 into the third period. Aragon escaped to tie the score, but Johnson was able to thrown Aragon to his back and jump out to a comfortable 6-1 lead. But Aragon escaped late in the match and trailed 6-2. He tried to score on Johnson, but the Stallion was just a little too tough and held on for the decision. The score was now 24-6 going into the heavyweight match.
Tooele’s newcomer Zach Langi had to battle the veteran Nathan Hintze. With no score after one period, Hintze was able to get two takedowns and a 4-2 lead over Langi. On the third takedown, Hintze was able to catch Langi on his back and grabbed Stansbury’s first pin. That brought them closer to Tooele, who still led 24-12.
Now the action turned to the lightweight wrestlers. Stansbury’s Haden Stewart and Tooele’s Triston Gossett battled in a high-scoring affair at 106 pounds. Gossett was able to get the opening takedown and a quick lead. After the dust settled near the end of second period, a flurry between Gossett and Stewart resulted in the official taking a quick kick in the side of his head. Action stopped as the official took a short time to recover. At the end of the second period, Gossett had taken a 9-5 lead.
Stewart turned it up a notch to open the third period and he was able to score a couple three-point near falls to take a 11-9 lead in the final seconds of the match. Gossett was able to reverse Stewart as the third period expired, leaving both wrestlers tied with an 11-11 score. This pushed the exciting match into overtime, where Stewart was able to get the sudden victory with a two-point takedown and get Stansbury’s fourth straight victory after dropping the opening four matches. Stanbury closed the gap and trailed Tooele by nine at 24-15.
Josh Bishop (113) was determined to stop the bleeding and get a win for the Buffaloes over Stallion Gavin Skogg. With a quick takedown, Skogg put Bishop on the defensive. Bishop escaped and Skogg had a 2-1 lead after one period. That is when Bishop decided to kick into a higher gear. He was able to turn Skogg three times in the second period and took a commanding 12-4 lead after two periods of action. Bishop opened the final period with an escape, but Skogg earned a takedown and trailed 13-6. With an escape and takedown of his own, Bishop closed out the match with a convincing 16-6 major decision. Tooele now led 28-15.
Tooele’s Jarrid Lavios, a third-place state finisher last year, was pumped to begin his match at 120 pounds with Austin Manning. Lavios threw an illegal move on Manning, giving Manning an early 1-0 lead. But Lavios settled down to take Manning to the mat with a quick 33 second pin. That pushed the Tooele lead to 34-15. Still within striking distance, Stansbury came out battling at the 126 pound class.
Stallion Coalten Brown jumped out to a strong 5-0 lead after two periods over Tooele’s Aaron Garcia. Garcia finally scored a point with an early third period escape. But Brown got a takedown and three point near fall to jump out to a 10-1 lead. But Garcia was able to get a reversal, but dropped the battle to Brown 10-3. Stansbury now trailed 34-18.
Next was a highly anticipated rematch at 132 pounds. Stansbury’s Jalen Herrera and Tooele’s Tyson Vigil met last Saturday at the Stallion Stampede with Herrera earning a close 4-2 victory. He went on to capture the championship over a West Jordan wrestler.
Vigil was able to score a first-period takedown and a 2-0 lead. With a second-period reversal, Herrera tied up the score and the match would have to be settled in the final period. Vigil escaped for a 3-2 lead. After two stalling calls against Herrera, Vigil was able to throw Herrera for a two-point takedown and take a 7-2 lead. Late in the match, Herrera caught Vigil riding too high and was able to pull him under for a reversal and close the gap to 7-4, but the match ended with Vigil earning the hard fought victory. During the match, the Tooele bench was penalized a team point and the team score was 36-18.
Tooele’s defending region champion Austin Strehle and Stansbury’s Marcellano Mascarenas were next at 138 pounds. Mascarenas opened the match with a takedown and Strehle was able to escape and go into the second period with Mascarenas leading 2-1. Strehle scored the only point in the second period with an escape, which tied the score at 2-2. Mascarenas was able to take the lead with a third-period escape and Strehle attacked, trying to get the takedown. He was awarded a stall point to tie up the score late in the match. With both wrestlers tired from the battle, Strehle was able to find the energy to gain a takedown, which proved to be the deciding points as he edged Mascarenas 5-3.
In the final match of the night at 145 pounds, Tooele’s Garrett Gleed battled Stansbury’s Nathan Spiker. Gleed scored a takedown in the first period for a 2-0 lead. With two sets of pin points, Gleed jumped out to a comfortable eight point lead. Gleed tried a roll to earn more points, but Spiker caught Gleed for a two-point reversal and three-point near fall to close the gap to 8-5. With a quick reversal in the third period, Spiker trailed Gleed 8-7 and was making it a close match. But Gleed closed out the match with a reversal and two sets of near-fall points to pull away for a 16-7 major decision.
Tooele defeated Stansbury 43-18. With five pins, two major decisions and two decisions, Tooele was able to hold off Stansbury, who only earned one pin and four decisions.
Tooele battled defending state champion Delta on Thursday. Stansbury will wrestle in a tournament in Reno.