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image Stansbury’s Nash Brown wrestles Christopher Gamben of White Pine, Nev. at the Stallion Stampede. Brown edged Gamben in a close decision to win the championship.

December 17, 2013
Stallions finish fourth at Stampede tournament

Stansbury’s Nash Brown, Jalen Herrera win tournament championships 

Stansbury finished in fourth place with 54 points in its own Stallion Stampede dual tournament last Friday and Saturday at Stansbury High School. Tooele’s Junior Varsity finished seventh with 46 points. Lehi captured the title, scoring 137 points. Riverton finished second with 84 points and Copper Hills came in third with 81.

The tournament had two pools with six teams in each pool.  Each team wrestled five dual matches and the top two wrestlers in each pool wrestled for a chance to make the finals.

Stansbury got three grapplers into the finals and two made the consolation finals.  Tooele qualified seven wrestlers for the consolation finals.

Stallion Nash Brown (126) won five matches in pool play with three pins to advance. In the semis, Brown pinned Bryner of Copper Hills to reach the finals where he edged Gamberg of White Pine, NV for first place.

Jalen Herrera (132) dominated pool play, going 5-0 to reach the semis. He met up with Tooele’s Tyson Vigil and they wrestled a classic match, with Herrera edging Vigil 4-2 to advance to the championship match. West Jordan’s Carridine gave Herrera a tough match, but Herrera took a 3-2 lead that held up and he captured the second championship for the Stallions.  With Tooele traveling to Stansbury Wednesday night for a region contest, Herrera and Vigil may meet for a rematch of last week’s semifinal battle.

In the 220-pound weight, Stansbury’s Marty Johnson earned a 4-1 pool play record to advance to the semis. He shut out Copper Hill’s Rixel 3-0 to move on to the championship match where he met up with Lehi’s Terrell. Terrell had pinned Johnson in pool play and he won the championship with his second victory over Johnson. Johnson earned second place for his efforts.

At 106, Stansbury’s Haden Stewart finished with a 5-0 pool play record, earning three pins.  He lost to Copper Hill’s Marshall in the semis and dropped his match to Taylorsville’s Sullivan to finish fourth.  Ben Buhler earned a 4-1 pool play record, but lost his matches to Keetch of West Jordan and Tooele’s Colten Jensen to finish fourth.

Tooele’s Mason Hansen (113) had a 4-1 pool play record with four pins but lost to tournament champ Ludlow (Riverton) and dropped a 4-1 decision to Anderson (Copper Hills) to finish fourth.  Mike Wilson (126) was undefeated in pool play with a 5-0 record and three pins to advance. He lost 8-7 to White Pine’s Gamberg in the semis, but came charging back to pin Bryner (CH) to capture third place.

Vigil was 4-1 in pool play with three pins to advance, but lost the close battle to Stansbury’s Herrera. Vigil pinned Jarman (WJ) to earn a third-place finish. Anthony Ventura (138) racked up four pins and five wins to advance to the championship semis, losing to Ashby of White Pine. In the consolation match, he trailed Herriman’s Jensen going into the last minute of the match, but came out on top to pin Jensen to earn third place.

At 182, Colten Jensen finished with a 4-1 record to advance, but dropped his match with Lehi’s Terrell. In the consolation match, he battled Stansbury’s Buhler and trailed late in the match when he earned a last second takedown and held on to win a 10-9 victory to capture third place.

Ivan Herrera (195) had a 4-1 pool play record but lost to Riverton’s Page and Taylorsville’s Nuffer to finish in fourth place.  At 285, Zach Langi was able to earn a 4-1 pool play record to advance to the championship rounds, but lost to Lehi’s Stringham to drop into the consolation match.  He was tied in the last 10 seconds of the match, but Riverton’s Larsen got a takedown at the buzzer to edge Langi 7-5 and Langi took home a fourth place.

Final scores: 1. Lehi 137 2. Riverton 84 3. Copper Hills 81 4. Stansbury 54 5. West Jordan 53 6. White Pine, Nev. 49 7. Tooele 46 8. Herriman 35 9. Taylorsville 24 10. East 0 11. West Wendover 0

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