Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

January 4, 2023
Grantsville edges Stansbury in girls wrestling dual, 42-39

In a great display of the strength of girls wrestling in the valley, Grantsville edged visiting Stansbury by three points, 42-39, in a dual Thursday evening. Both teams battled the entire evening and a triple over time match that was decided by decision was the difference in the dual. The closeness of the dual sets up terrific re-matches for the upcoming Best of the West Tournament that will be held at Tooele High January 6-7. The Best of the West will include all three girls’ wrestling programs in the valley with each of the local schools in the running for a team championship.

Thursday night the teams split the 14 matches evenly, seven going to each team. Stansbury won six by pin and one by decision whereas Grantsville earned four pins and three victories by forfeits. 

Grantsville coach Matt Mecham noted, “It is so great to have some of the best competition in the state right here in our valley. Tooele Valley has excellent girls wrestling teams, and we are lucky to be able to compete against such great programs in our county. Hats off to Stansbury for a great dual and to the work they are doing to build girls wrestling. I’m proud of how our athletes are wrestling at this point in the season. We’ve had a lot of tough matches the first half of the season, and I’m seeing so much improvement.”

Codie Miller, Stansbury head coach, added, “I am happy with how the Stansbury girls are wrestling. We have a few out to injury and a few more that we are waiting to come down to the next weight class. Giving up three forfeits (18 points) to Grantsville is tough to overcome, but overall we still wrestled very tough with the line up we had.” 

In the dual, the Cowboys opened with two pins at and a forfeit before the Stallions reeled off three pins of their own. At 100 pounds, Grantsville’s Rhylee Clark pinned Stansbury’s Avarey Dortch in 1:52 before the Cowboys’ Caelia Moyer (105) earned the victory by forfeit. Jocelyn Bentley (GHS) took down Mallory Matravers (SHS) in the 110-pound weight class (1:15). 

After going up big by points at 115 pounds, Stansbury’s Addy Van Cott pinned Grantsville’s McKinly Collier at the 1:25 mark. In the 120 pound match, Bailey Rainer of Grantsville led Kacie Jean Nicholes (SHS) until the very end of the match when Nicholes pinned Rainer with .04 second remaining in the match for the win. In a 125 pound re-match of a tightly contested match at the Lady Cowboy Invitational, the Stallions’ Kortnee Selin prevailed once again over the Cowboys’ Vanessa Elexpuru by pin (2:56).

With the team score tied at 18-18, Grantville’s Hannah Miller (130) took the forfeit to give the Cowboys a 24-18 lead. At 135, NIkki Dong (GHS) earned a pin over McKylie England (SHS) in 1:00 while Stansbury’s Daniela Martinez prevailed over Grantsville’s Sophia Calchera by pin (1:34) at 140 pounds to bring the team score to 30-24.

Another forfeit victory at 145 by the Cowboys’ Kaizley Clark and a pin (1:03) at 155 by Hailey Broderick (GHS) over Karrissa Hadfield (SHS) gave Grantsville a 42-24 lead going into the last three matches of the night.

Stansbury came roaring back in the upper weights and took the final three matches with two pins and one overtime decision. At 170 pounds, the Stallions’ Abigail Acosta and the Cowboys’ Addison Butler battled into the second period before Acosta pinned Butler (3:36) to narrow the lead to 42-30. At 235 pounds, Angie Aguilar (SHS) quickly pinned GHS’s Macie Chukwuba (:45).

In the match of the night at 190 pounds, the Cowboys’ Zoey Cloward and Stallions’ Alize Acosta fought each other to a 4-4 tie at the end of regulation and into three overtime periods before Acosta won 8-4. The win by decision gave Stansbury three points to narrow the lead to 42-33 but was the deciding factor in the Grantsville victory since the six point win by fall at 235 by SHS couldn’t quite catch the Cowboys.

Both teams will compete next weekend at the Best of the West Tournament. The Cowboys will travel to 3A rival Juab on Tuesday for a very competitive dual against the Wasps who finished second in state last year to Grantsville, and they will face South Summit in Kamas on Thursday in a Region 13 dual. 

Grantsville vs. Stansbury Girls 

100: Rhylee Clark (GHS) over Avarey Dortch (SHS) (Fall 1:52) 105: Caelia Moyer (GHS) over (SHS) (For.) 110: Jocelyn Bentley (GHS) over Mallory Matravers (SHS) (Fall 1:15) 115: Addyson Van Cott (SHS) over McKinly Collier (GHS) (Fall 1:25) 120: Kacie Jean Nicholes (SHS) over Bailey Rainer (GHS) (Fall 5:56) 125: Kortnee Selin (SHS) over Vanessa Elexpuru (GHS) (Fall 2:56) 130: Hannah Miller (GHS) over (SHS) (For.) 135: Nikki Dong (GHS) over McKynlie England (SHS) (Fall 1:00) 140: Daniela Martinez (SHS) over Sophia Calchera (GHS) (Fall 1:34) 145: Kaizley Clark (GHS) over (SHS) (For.) 155: Hailey Broderick (GHS) over Karrissa Hadfield (SHS) (Fall 1:03) 170: Abigail Acosta (SHS) over Addison Butler (GHS) (Fall 3:36) 190: Alize Acosta (SHS) over Zoey Cloward (GHS) (UTB 8-4) 235: Angie Aguilar (SHS) over Macie Chukwuba (GHS) (Fall 0:45)


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