It was a strong showing for the Stansbury wrestling team at the Class 4A Division B tournament on Friday and Saturday, as the Stallions finished fourth out of 10 teams at the two-day state qualifier at Uintah High School in Vernal.
No Stallion had a better tournament than 285-pound senior Matt Ingersoll, who captured the division title in his weight class with a spotless 4-0 weekend. Ingersoll needed just 45 seconds to pin Canyon View’s Luke Langston in his first match, but things got tougher from there. He was up to the task, scoring a 9-1 major decision over Bear River’s Carson Pond in the quarterfinals and a narrow 2-1 decision over Dixie’s Kenneth Ericksen in the semis. In the finals, he got past Ridgeline’s Damiem Boehme in a 3-2 decision to earn a No. 1 seed in the Class 4A state tournament, set to take place Feb. 20 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
Jordan Hammond also reached the division final at 145 pounds, earning a 15-3 major decision over Uintah’s Christian Hartle, a 9-5 decision over Ridgeline’s Owen Munk and a pin against teammate Warren Welch. Hammond will go into the state tournament as a No. 2 seed with a 29-6 overall record after a tough 5-4 loss to Ridgeline’s Brenden Gessel in the final.
Eleven more Stallions will also be making the trip to Richfield for the state tournament, having finished eighth or better in their respective weight classes. Brandon Ploehn (113 pounds) finished third, posting a 4-1 record, and Xander Howard (195) bounced back from a quarterfinal loss to Pine View’s Ryder Hendry by pinning Hendry in the third-place match. Ethan Vorwaller (220) went 3-1 with three pins — two of which came against Pine View’s Corben Gifford — to earn a No. 3 seed for the state tournament.
Welch finished fourth at 145 with a 3-2 record, and Josh Olson was 4-2 to finish fourth at 160 with both losses coming to Pine View’s Bridger Gifford. Carson Pease (106) went 3-2 to claim fifth place, and senior Brayden Phillips earned fifth place at 132 with a 3-2 record.
Oliver Avila went 1-3 to finish sixth at 220, losing to Juan Diego’s Sione Vea 2-1 in a tiebreaker in the fifth-place match. Parker Zukeran (113) also finished sixth, posting a 2-3 record.
Zane Kanirie was 3-2 at 152 pounds and finished seventh, and Braydon Allie earned a return trip to the state tournament with an eighth-place finish at 170. He pinned Pine View’s Eli Trombley in 56 seconds in a consolation-bracket match to clinch his spot.
Eleven other Stansbury wrestlers competed in the divisional tournament. Carson Ashcroft was 2-3 at 120 pounds, and Tyler Welch finished 10th at 152 with a 1-3 record. Cole Clinton (126), Daniel Spilker (132), Tayson Miller (138) and Ian Rogers (195) each went 1-3 as well. Michael Clark (106) was 0-3, and Clayton Moore (120), Hayden Peterson (138), Aidan Reinhart (160) and Jayden Sisam (170) each posted 0-2 records.
Uintah won the division title with 528 points, with Bear River a distant second with 398. Ridgeline was third at 312.5, followed by Stansbury (241) and Pine View (228). Canyon View (130), Dixie (127.5), Ogden (79), Ben Lomond (41.5) and Juan Diego (36) rounded out the team standings.
The state tournament will be a one-day event this season, leading to alterations in its format. Instead of having the semifinal losers compete in the consolation bracket, they will automatically be placed in the third-place match, making it so no wrestler has to compete in more than five matches in the tournament.