Two local wrestlers captured titles at the 3A Northern Divisional wrestling tournament last weekend at Ben Lomond High School. Uintah won the tournament with 420.5 points, followed by Bear River at 326.5. Union finished third, scoring 257 to edge fourth place Tooele by six points, who totaled 251 points. Stansbury came in sixth place with 122 and Grantsville finished in seventh place with 54 points.
Tooele’s Jarrid Lavios, at 120 pounds, and Stansbury’s 132-pounder Jalen Herrera both brought home the gold with decisions over their opponents and now hope to do the same at the 1A/2A/3A state tournament at the Maverik Center in West Valley City this Friday and Saturday. The 4A/5A teams will compete Thursday through Saturday.
In the quarterfinal match, Lavios wasted little time when he pinned Uintah’s Timothy Suwyn in the second period. Lavios would battle a familiar opponent in the semis in Union’s Wyatt Perry. These two highly ranked wrestlers had already met three times this year. Lavios defeated Perry in two close decisions in two earlier tournaments. They met the third time at Delta a couple weeks ago and Lavios won by a major decision at 10-2. Perry, presently ranked fifth in the 3A and Lavios, ranked third, started out slow. But Lavios soon took control and knocked Perry off for the fourth time this year with a 9-3 decision.
Lavios moved on to the finals to tangle with Morgan’s Jayden Pentz. Lavios has looked forward to the match-up, since Pentz was ranked second in the 3A and Lavios was right behind him, ranked third. Pentz was sporting an impressive 42-2 record. Lavios got the first takedown and put Pentz on his back for three near-fall points, taking a big 5-0 lead. He increased his lead before Pentz made an attempt to turn Lavios in the third period, but Lavios held on for a 9-2 win and the first-place finish. Lavios ran his impressive record to 47-8 with the win.
Also in the quarterfinals, Herrera pinned Tooele’s Anthony Ventura in the third period to advance to the semis to lock horns with another Tooele wrestler, Tyson Vigil. Just like the Lavios/Perry matchup, Herrera and Vigil had met three times earlier this year prior to last week’s divisional finals. Herrera owned two 4-2 decisions and Vigil beat Herrera 6-4 as all three matches were close battles. Herrera made it three wins by beating Vigil 6-2 to advance to the finals.
In the finals, Herrera met up with Bear River’s Drew Hawkins. These two grapplers wrestled a classic battle in the Region 11 finals two weeks ago, with Herrera scoring in the last seconds of the match to force overtime. He took Hawkins down in the overtime to win the region title. In the divisional finals, Herrera opened with a quick takedown, but was reversed by Hawkins to tie the score at 2-2. As the first period expired, Herrera was able to get a reversal to take a 4-2 lead. Herrera held on for a close 6-4 victory and ran his record to 41-9 and the 132 divisional championship. Herrera is ranked second in the 3A and Hawkins is ranked fifth.
Two other Tooele County wrestlers battled to the finals. Grantsville’s top wrestler, Chance Warr, competes in the 170-pound class. Warr started with a pin over Juan Diego’s Carter Shearer late in the third period to move into the semis. He earned his trip to the finals when he pinned Tooele’s Trevor Tomac. Warr’s opponent in the finals was Kaden Campbell (Un), the No. 1 ranked wrestler in 3A and a state runner-up last year. Warr is ranked fifth. Warr was pinned by Campbell, stopping him just short of a championship title.
Tooele’s Garrett Gleed started the tournament with a first period pin over Stansbury’s Nathan Spilker to reach the semis. Gleed advanced to the finals with a pin over Weston Kolste (BR). In the finals, Gleed ran into Beau Blackham (Ui), who is ranked No.1 in the 3A. Gleed is presently ranked fourth in the 3A. Blackham pinned Gleed in the first period and he had to settle for a second-place finish.
Two Stansbury and three Tooele wrestlers battled to third-place finishes. At 126 pounds, Stallion Nash Brown, ranked fourth in state, edged Grantsville’s Brennon Kimber 6-4 in the quarters, but was pinned by Owen Pentz (M) in the semis. He battled back to get a major decision over Tooele’s Jake Hansen and he pulled out a close 7-6 decision over Tooele’s Aaron Garcia to finish third.
At 138 pounds, Stansbury’s Marcellano Mascarenas earned a 16-1 tech fall over Connor Dumont (JD) and won a 7-3 decision over Uintah’s Julian Ruiz to advance to the semis. Top-ranked Jake Daniels of Union defeated Mascarenas 7-1 to drop him into the consolation bracket. Mascarenas beat Bryken Jensen (BR) to advance to the consolation finals where he met up with Ruiz (Ui) again. This time, he won 10-2 to finish in third place. Mascarenas is ranked fifth in the 3A.
Tooele’s Jackson Gavin (152) opened the tournament with a quick first-period pin over Jacob Beasley (JD). But Tyson Spens (M) upset Gavin 4-2 in the quarterfinals. Gavin battled back with four straight wins. First, he pinned Grantsville’s Chace Soule. Next, he avenged an earlier season loss to Billy Young (Un) with a dominating 12-4 major decision. In the consolation semis, he edged Seth Ward (BR) 10-7 to move on to the consolation finals. Trailing by four points late in the match, Gavin was able to gain a reverse and pin Larry Dick (Ui) to capture third place. Gavin is presently ranked fourth in 3A.
At 182 pounds, Maka Kioa had a 11-2 major decision over Colin Horne (PC) to reach the semis. Brett Smart (BR) upset Kioa 5-4 to drop him into the consolation bracket. He pinned Treygan Daniels (Ui) in the first period to advance to the consolation finals, where he met Stansbury’s Easton Brown. This was a rematch of the finals in the Region 11 tournament, where Kioa pulled out a close 3-2 win. Battling for third place, Kioa was good on his feet and he captured third with a 7-4 decision while Brown finishes in fourth place. In state rankings, Kioa is at sixth and Brown, fifth.
Daniel Aragon (195) opened the tournament with a 6-1 decision over Wyatt Fry (M) before dropping a 16-1 tech fall to the state’s top ranked 3A 195 pounder in Aaron Dick (Ui). Aragon then earned an 11-1 major decision over Samuel Grammer (Ui) to reach the consolation finals. He captured third when he held on for a close 5-4 decision over Keldon Collins (Un), who is ranked sixth in the 3A.
Tooele had five wrestlers finish fourth place, while Stansbury had two fourth place finishers. At 113, Josh Bishop pinned McKay Belinski (M). In the quarters, he upset Morgan’s region champion Carlos Nava 12-6 to reach the semis. Bishop is ranked third in 3A and Nava is ranked sixth.
Battling Bear River’s Jeremy Zollinger, Bishop tied up the match at 3-3 when Zollinger locked his hands, forcing overtime. In the overtime, Bishop was taken down to drop a heart-breaking 5-3 match. Bishop beat teammate Rico Yslas 9-2 to reach the consolation finals, where he met up with Nava (M) again. This time, Nava pulled out a close 4-2 win to put Bishop into fourth place.
Trevor Gleed opened the tourney with a 23 second pin over Karter Pentz (M). He was pinned by Perry (Un), but came back and get a tech fall over Wyatt Evans (Un) and an exciting 16-14 decision over Suwyn (Ui). He reached the consolation finals with a 12-9 decision over Brandon Pace (BR), but was pinned when he met up with Perry (Un) again to finish fourth.
Garcia (126) opened with a pin over Maxwell McLeod (JD), but lost 11-2 to Owen Pentz (M) in the quarters. In the consolation rounds, he earned a tech fall over Quart Clayburn (Un) and a close 6-5 decision over Kimber (G). In the consolation semis, he avenged a lost to McKoy Richards (BR) in the region tournament with an exciting 8-7 ultimate tie breaker win when he escaped in the final 30 second overtime at the buzzer to advance. He lost a 7-6 decision to Stansbury’s Nash Brown to finish fourth.
Tyson Vigil (132) started with a pin over Union’s Chreston Armstrong. He lost to Herrera in the semis and came back to pin Carson Wikstrom (BR) to reach the consolation finals. Andres Toro (Ui), ranked fourth in the 3A, edged Vigil 2-1 to drop Vigil to a fourth place finish. Vigil is presently ranked sixth.
Trevor Tomac (170) started off winning an overtime match over Austin Morland (Ui). He was pinned by Grantsville’s Warr, but battled back with a pin over Nathan Heppler (BR). In the match for third, he lost 13-0 to Mark Hornberger (BR) to finish fourth.
Stansbury’s Marty Johnson (220), who is ranked fifth in the state, pinned Adam Murry (JD), but was pinned by Wyatt Ekblad (M) in the semis. He came back to pin Tooele’s Taejohn Koffel to advance to the consolation finals. Caleb Birchell (Ui) pinned Johnson and he finished fourth.
Tooele’s Koffel (220) went 3-2 and pinned Hyatt Gibbs (BR) to finish fifth place. Four Buffs earned sixth place medals. Yslas (113) won two matches while Hansen (126) picked up one pin and two decisions. Austin Strehle (138) went 1-3 with one tech fall and Andrew McReavy (145) picked up two wins with one pin.
Stansbury’s Josh Larsen (106) went 2-3 to finish in sixth place, along with teammate Logan Bowles (132). Bowles won two while losing three.
Tooele’s Zach Cruz (160) advanced to the semis with a pin in his first match, but he didn’t make weight on Saturday and was disqualified from further action.
Those finishing in seventh place include Grantsville’s Hunter Anderson (120) and Brennon Kimber (126); Stansbury’s Nathan Hintze (285), Gavin Skogg (113) and Nathan Spilker (145) and Tooele’s Triston Gossett (106). Those finishing in eighth place include Tooele’s Zach Langi (285), David Carreau (138) and Jaren Wilson (160) and Grantsville’s Dean Frazier (195). Grantsville’s Christopher Gunderson won his match over Carreau for a true eighth place position.
The top eight finishers in each weight at the Northern Divisional Tournament qualified for this week’s 3A State Wrestling Tournament. The eight finishers from the Southern Divisional Tournament held in Richfield last weekend will combine for 16-man brackets in each of the 14 weight classes.