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November 24, 2021
Grantsville boys’ wrestling schedule includes top opponents

The Grantsville boys  wrestling team opened their season today against Cedar Valley at home. First-year coach Jake Phillips is looking forward to a great season and watching his wrestlers succeed on the mat. To further their success, Phillips has worked hard to build a tough schedule for the Cowboys. “I am excited about the schedule that I have built for the team. I think it’s balanced and designed to push the wrestlers,” he explained. 

“Being in the 3A we need to be ready to wrestle tough and physical teams. I think the schedule is designed to give the wrestlers the opportunity to wrestle some of the better teams in the state early in the year. One dual that stands out will be the Grantsville @ Stansbury dual. This will be the first time in several years that the teams have wrestled. Coming from Stansbury, I am excited to go back and be on the other side of the mat!”

Phillips has two returning state placers, Kole Johnson and Grant Rounds, who both start the year ranked in 3A. “Kole is ranked 7th in all of Utah at 113 pounds, and both have the ability and potential to wrestle for a state title,” Phillips shared. “Ethan Rainer, a junior, is also starting the year ranked. Seniors Bridger Edwards and Joey Scorsone along with Rainer and fellow junior Kyler Wright are all looking to have breakout years.”

Another name to watch is sophomore Payton Yates. Phillips commented. “A young wrestler to watch would be Payton Yates. He is showing that he is trusting the process and is getting better every day. I am looking for Payton to make a splash this year.”

As the Cowboy wrestlers work through their tough schedule, Phillips’ goal is “to come through the first half of the year healthy. With the schedule, the first half of the year is going to be a grind.”

As a new coach to the program, Phillips is excited to see his wrestlers buying into the processes he and his staff are implementing. “I will measure success based on how well the kids are learning and improving.”

“When it comes to wrestling, it’s essential to be peaking at the right time. By Jan. 1, I want the team climbing to the peak with the goal to be peaking at Division and State”

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