The heaviest and smallest Stansbury wrestlers finished victorious Wednesday night against Class 4A’s top-rated Uintah, but the rest of the Stallion wrestlers were winless in a 60-9 loss to the Utes.
“They’re as good as we thought they were, but we battled,” said Stansbury coach Tyson Linnell. “Their 113, 120, 126, 132 and 145 are all No. 1 guys in the state, but our guys hung with them and they (Uintah) earned every point they got. I’m disappointed with the score but very proud of the way our guys fought.”
Stansbury forfeited the 160- and 170-pound weight classes to inflate the final score for the Utes.
Five of Stansbury’s losses reached the third period, with three of those losses ending in narrow decisions.
The battles began with the 182-pound class where Stansubry’s Xander Howard was pinned in the second period. Connor Perrenoud, at 195, battled his opponent into the third period and was pinned to give the Utes a 12-0 lead to start the dual.
Carsen Copper went the distance against David Swarts and lost a narrow 4-3 decision. The match was tied at 2-2 headed to the final period, where Swarts was able to gain a point to win the match.
Down 15-0, Stansbury picked up back-to-back victories at 285 and 106.
Matt Ingersoll (285) went three periods to earn a 5-1 decision over Derek Tenney to give the Stallions three points.
Carson Pease (106) finished off his opponent in record time with a pin after only 22 seconds. The victory sliced the Utes’ team advantage to 15-9.
“Pease came up with a good win and I thought that might get us going,” Linnell said.
The Utes, however, won the rest of the matches.
“The sad part is that three or four of our wrestlers were close in their matches and they seemed surprised. They were a little intimidated because of their opponents’ ‘U’ on their chest,” the coach said.
Cole Clinton (1130 lost by fall in the second round. Jake Otero (120) lost an 8-4 decision. Brayden Phillips (126) lost by pin at the end of the first round. Cameron Mast lost by fall in the second round. Jordan Hammond (138) lost by a 6-1 decision.
The Stallions’ Danny Khoundet (145) pushed top-rated August Harrison to the limit. Khoundet led 7-6 after the second round, but Harrison notched five points in the third round and then pinned Khoundet at the 5:59 mark.
Stansbury’s Josh Olson (152) only trailed Dustin Rhoads 2-0 after two rounds, but Rhoads scored four points in the third period to win by a 6-1 decision.