Tooele County’s three high school wrestling teams got the opportunity to test themselves against some of the top competition in the Western United States, with Stansbury making the trip to Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Tooele and Grantsville taking part in the prestigious Rockwell Rumble in Farmington.
All three teams enjoyed some success on the mat, which will only serve to boost their confidence as the 2019-20 season enters the home stretch.
Here’s a brief recap of this past weekend’s wrestling action.
Stansbury 60, Juan Diego 24
In a Region 10 dual Thursday night in Draper, the Stallions took advantage of a shorthanded Soaring Eagle squad to pick up five forfeit victories. However, Stansbury also picked up five victories by fall, with Carson Pease (106 pounds), Josh Olson (152), Xander Howard (182), Ethan Vorwaller (195) and Carsen Cooper (220) picking up pins.
Cole Clinton (113), Jake Otero (120), Danny Khoundet (138), Braydon Allie (170) and Alexis Rojas (285) all won by forfeit.
Stansbury at Tiger-Grizz
The Stallions finished 12th of 36 teams at the tournament hosted by Skyline High School in Idaho Falls, with three wrestlers placing in the top six of their respective weight classes.
Allie went 4-1 to finish third at 170 pounds. Two of his victories came by decision, with another coming in the sudden-victory period and the fourth scored as a major decision. Cooper finished fourth at 220 with a 3-2 record that included a pin and two wins by decision, and Kaden Shin was sixth at 195 with a 4-2 record. All of Shin’s matches ended with a pin, including a 14-second victory in his second-round match.
Pease went 3-2 at 106 and Khoundet was 2-2 at 138. Parker Zukeran (98) went 1-2, as did Luis Mejia (182), Howard (182) and Brayden Phillips (126). Clinton (113), Otero (120), Olson (152) and Connor Perrenoud (195) each went 0-2.
Stansbury will play host to Uintah in a key Region 10 dual on Wednesday.
Tooele and Grantsville
at Rockwell Rumble
Tooele and Grantsville each finished in the middle of the pack at the Rockwell Rumble at Farmington’s Legacy Events Center, with Tooele tying for 47th and Grantsville finishing 50th in the 75-team field.
Tooele’s Parker Hansen earned a hard-fought fifth-place finish at 98 pounds, posting a 5-2 record that included two wins by pin, two major decisions and a tech fall. His teammate, 285-pounder Chandler Yeck, just missed placing with a 4-2 record that included a 20-second pin in the first round.
Braedy Timothy went 2-2 at 132 pounds for the Buffaloes. Gabriel Vigil (126) and Cannon Manning (145) each went 1-2, and Mason Flygar (113) and Julian Gomez (145) were each 0-2.
Joseph Mecham (120), Hunter Johnson (170) and Thomas Coates (132) each won three matches for Grantsville. Mecham had to take a medical forfeit after losing his quarterfinal match. Grant Rounds (145) and Cruz Baldovinez (182) each went 1-2, and Ian Mecham (120), Kyler Wright (126), Rylan Albrecht (106), Canyon Palmer (160) and Chaz Shafer (195) were 0-2.
Tooele faced Farmington in a non-region dual meet Tuesday night, while Grantsville was in Mount Pleasant to face North Sanpete. GHS will play host to Region 13 foe Summit Academy on Thursday, and Tooele will travel to Stansbury on Jan. 30.