The Tooele wrestling team flexed its muscles Thursday night, rolling to a 57-16 dual-meet win over region rival Stansbury that included seven wins by pin.
“I think we wrestled really well,” Tooele coach Gary Coffman said. “Overall, I think we looked pretty good. We lost a couple I didn’t want to lose, but other than that, the team’s wrestling well.”
Four of the Buffaloes’ seven pins came in the first period. The quickest came from 160-pounder Jackson Gavin, who pinned Stansbury sophomore Tyler Evans in 46 seconds. Heavyweight Zach Langi beat Jacob Snow in 1:05, while 182-pounder Ivan Hernandez needed just 1:25 to stop Alex Lundwall and 132-pounder Michael Wilson took down Max Behunin in 1:56.
The other three pins came in the second period. Mason Hansen pinned Hayden Stewart at the 3:18 mark at 113 pounds. Trevor Gleed’s win over Anthony Herrera at 120 pounds and Aaron Garcia’s win over Jacob Jones at 126 both came 3:35 into their respective matches.
“I’m real proud of the kids and I’m glad to beat Stansbury,” Coffman said.
Tooele senior Andrew McReavy defeated Stansbury’s Nathan Spilker 4-2 at 152 pounds. The Buffaloes also picked up forfeit victories at 170 and 220 pounds.
The Stallions’ best performance came from 145-pounder Nash Brown, who earned an 8-0 major decision over Tooele junior David Carreau. Easton Brown earned a 6-3 decision over Trevor Tomac at 195 pounds.
Stansbury fielded a fairly young lineup, with freshmen at 120, 126 and 132 pounds and sophomores at 160 and 182. That inexperience showed at times against an experienced Tooele squad that included eight seniors and four juniors.
“I was happy with the way my guys battled,” Stansbury coach Tyson Linnell said. “We had a lot of fight out there. We won the matches we should have won and lost the matches we should have lost. I felt good about our fight. They’re going to learn. It’s going to take time, but that’s just how it goes.
“Everybody will get better. By the end of the year, I’d like to see where my guys are at stacked up against their guys. We’ll be good toward the end of the year.”
The match of the night was between Stansbury’s Jalen Herrera and Tooele’s Austin Strehle at 138 pounds. Herrera took a 4-1 lead in the first period with a pair of takedowns, and extended his advantage to 9-4 after two periods.
Strehle picked up a point on an escape and two more on a takedown to close the gap in the final period, but Herrera kept him at bay for the rest of the match.
“The 138-pound match is going to be a battle all year long,” Linnell said. “Austin Strehle and Jalen Herrera … I thought that was a good win for [Herrera].”
The match showed just how tight the matchup is between Herrera and Strehle, who are likely to battle all the way through the regional, divisional and state tournaments.
“I figure those two will be in the finals at region and divisionals,” Coffman said. “They’re probably two of the best in the state at that weight.”
Stansbury also earned a forfeit victory at 106 pounds.