Twenty-six Tooele County wrestlers earned guaranteed spots into this weekend’s Class 3A and Class 4A state wrestling tournaments by finishing in the top eight in their respective weight classes at Saturday’s divisional tournaments.
Among those, Stansbury senior Anthony Herrera was the only one to capture a divisional title, going undefeated at 138 pounds at the Class 4A Division B tournament at Uintah High School in Vernal. That means that Herrera will enter the state tournament on Friday at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University in Orem as a No. 1 seed, though his path to a state championship will be anything but easy.
Herrera’s teammates, 113-pounder Dylian Moore and 145-pounder Logan Gustafson, each finished second at divisionals. Both are returning state finalists from a year ago, with Gustafson winning last year’s Class 3A title to become the first state champion in Stansbury history. Jacob Medsker was third at 160 pounds and Dawson Stewart was fourth at 152.
Other state qualifiers for Stansbury included Braydon Allie (sixth at 132 pounds), Jamon Davis (sixth, 160), Jake Otero (sixth, 106), Walker Beck (eighth, 182) and Braxton Ard (eighth, 285). Austin Woodhouse finished ninth at 138, and is the first alternate from Division B should another wrestler be forced to drop out of the tournament.
Tooele will send three wrestlers to the state tournament after Saturday’s Division A tournament at Dixie High School in St. George. Wyatt Chaplin finished second at 138 pounds, with Carter Grgich fifth at 170 and D’Warren Robinson seventh at 145.
At the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield, Grantsville qualified 13 wrestlers for the Class 3A state tournament through the Division B tournament. The Cowboys’ contingent will be led by junior Koby Johnson, who finished second at 160 pounds. Thomas Coates finished third at 113 pounds, and Brayden Adams was fourth at 138.
Logan Kuehn (220) and Colin Nay (285) each finished fifth in their weight class. Jacob Day (120), Nathen Carpenter (132), Bodey Manzanares (152), Colby Johnson (160) and Jonas Floyd (220) brought home sixth-place finishes, and Seth Hicken (145), Chaz Shafer (182) and Morgun Lowry (285) finished eighth. Richard Walker will be Division B’s first alternate at 170 pounds after beating teammate Trent Johnson in the ninth-place match.
The state tournament will take place Friday and Saturday in Orem. The state championship matches are scheduled to begin at 4:45 p.m. Saturday.