Tooele’s Jarrid Lavios captured a fourth-place finish at 120 pounds at The Rumble, possibly the toughest wrestling tournament in Utah each year. It was held at Utah Valley University in Orem last weekend.
Utah’s Pleasant Grove won the team title, scoring 223 points to beat Maple Mountain and Mt. Crest. Centennial and Post Falls, both out of Idaho, finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Tooele scored 72 points, coming in at 31st. Stansbury finished 44th with 35.5 points. Sixty-eight schools were represented at the prestigious tournament.
Lavios opened the tournament with a 15-0 tech fall over Box Elder’s Dylan Thompson and followed with a 13-0 tech fall over Mt. View’s Gavin Cavalli. In the third round, Lavios battled Idaho’s Alius Delarosa, a defending state champ, losing a tough 7-1 decision. Delarosa went on to make the finals, losing to Hurricane’s Josh Pettus.
Now in the consolation bracket, Lavios pinned Caden Clyde (Wasatch) and beat Union’s Wyatt Perry 12-2. Payson’s Josh Jensen, another defending state champ, was next for Lavios and he defeated Jensen 9-4 to advance to the medal rounds. Another state champ stood in Lavios’ way. Beaver’s Kyle Evans was another victim, losing to Lavios in a close 5-3 contest.
Next, Lavios edged Maple Mountain’s Ryan Hansen 8-6 to make the consolation finals against Mt. Crest’s Trevor Lowe. Lavios trailed early and closed the gap in the third period. But it wasn’t quite enough as he dropped an 8-5 match to finish fourth. For the tournament, Lavios went 7-2.
Stansbury’s Jalen Herrera came close to the medal rounds at 132 pounds. He earned a close decision in the opening round, edging Mt. Crest’s Jake Hopkins 5-3. In the second round, he dominated Michael McCann (Westlake) with an easy 18-2 victory. In the tough third round, Herrera ran into Herriman’s Josh Jensen, a state runner up last year. Herrera dropped a 12-3 decision and moved into the consolation bracket.
Herrera won two straight matches with a 6-0 decision over Max McLean (Fruita, CO) and a pin over Telos’ Peter Cucinatti. In a match to advance to the medal round, Herrera dropped a 5-1 decision to Jordan’s Joey Day to come up one match short.
In the opening round Friday, Tooele won seven matches and received five byes and they racked up several points to finish in the top 10 teams. But in the second round, they dropped several matches to fall in the team standings.
Four Buff grapplers won three matches each to score valuable points for Tooele. Josh Bishop had two decisions and a pin to add six points to the Buff’s score. Austin Strehle (138), scored 10 points with two pins and a default before being eliminated. JV wrestler Andrew McReavy had a great tournament, winning three matches with pins and scoring 10 points.
Winning two matches for Tooele included Aaron Garcia (120) and Jackson Gavin (152).
Triston Gosset (106), Garrett Gleed (145), Zac Cruz (160), Byron Baker (170), Maka Kioa (182) and Daniel Aragon (195) each picked up a win to add to Tooele’s team total.
Stansbury’s Marty Johnson (220) opened with a bye and beat Millard’s Caden Carter 9-2 before dropping into the consolation bracket with a loss to Cedar City’s dylan Tripp. He pinned Alex Rixe (Copper Hills) before being eliminated.
Coalten (Nash) Brown (126), won two matches in the consolation rounds to add valuable points to the Stallion’s team score, as did Marcellano Mascarenas at 138 pounds. Winning one match for Stansbury included Logan Bowles (132) and Nathan Spilker (145).
For those wrestlers who were eliminated the first day, each were entered in the Second Chance Rumble. The single elimination tournament gave more matches for several Tooele and Stansbury wrestlers.
Tooele’s Strehle and Gavin both won three matches and Garcia won two matches. They each lost in the semis. Picking up one win included Bishop, Gleed, McReavy, Tomac, Cruz and Baker. Stansbury’s Amir Ffrench and Easton Brown both picked up one win.
Tooele scored 43 points in the Second Chance Tournament to finish tied with Mt. Crest and Lehi for ninth place.
Stansbury will host Grantsville this Thursday in their final region match and they travel to battle some tough teams at the Pine View tournament this weekend. Tooele travels to Delta for the annual Delta Duals this weekend.
Tooele will host Stansbury, Grantsville, Ben Lomond and Bear River on Saturday, Feb. 1 in the Region 11 Championships and all the qualifiers from the region tournament will compete in the Northern Divisionals at Ben Lomond High the following Friday and Saturday.