The Stansbury and Tooele wrestling teams wrapped up their Region 10 seasons on Thursday night as the county rivals met in their annual dual meet at Tooele High School.
When all was said and done, Stansbury came away with a hard-fought 48-21 win over the Buffaloes, giving the Stallions a bit of momentum going into this week’s divisional tournaments that will determine the field for the Class 4A state wrestling tournament later this month.
After Tooele’s Parker Hansen (106 pounds) and Stansbury’s Parker Zukeran (113) were awarded victories by forfeit, the action began with a 120-pound match between the Stallions’ Brandon Ploehn and Tooele’s Antonio Mascarenas. Ploehn scored two takedowns against Mascarenas before pinning him with 24 seconds left in the first period, putting Stansbury ahead 12-6.
Tooele’s Bram Gustin rallied with five points in the third period, scoring a reversal and a three-point near fall to beat Stansbury’s Cole Clinton 7-4 at 126 pounds. Stansbury’s Brayden Phillips followed with an action-packed 13-7 decision over Tyson Tso at 132, and the Buffs’ Rhys Stoddard scored a late reversal to edge the Stallions’ Tayson Miller 7-5 at 138 to shrink Stansbury’s lead to 15-12.
Then, the Stallions took control of the dual. Warren Welch pinned Tooele’s Mason Steward at 145, and Jordan Hammond pinned Ty Proctor midway through the second period at 152 after Proctor had an early 6-2 lead. Josh Olson trailed Tooele’s Cannon Manning 5-1 in the third period, but managed to win by fall with less than a minute left to extend the Stallions’ advantage to 33-12. Braydon Allie’s forfeit victory at 170 pounds made it 39-12 in favor of Stansbury.
Tooele’s Ethan Garcia won by forfeit at 182 pounds before a tight battle between Stansbury’s Xander Howard and the Buffs’ Ernest Gurr at 195. Gurr led 5-0 in the first period after taking Howard down and nearly pinning him, but Howard recovered and closed the gap to 5-3 by the end of the period. An escape by Gurr in the second period made it 6-3, and he eventually held on for a 6-5 decision despite an escape by Howard and a penalty point in the third.
Ethan Vorwaller pinned Tooele’s Stanley Kerr at 220 pounds, and Stansbury’s Matt Ingersoll recorded an escape and a takedown in the second period to beat Alex Kerwood 3-0 at 285 pounds to wrap up the dual.
Tooele and Stansbury will take part in their respective divisional tournaments Friday and Saturday to determine the field for the state tournament. Stansbury’s tournament will take place at Uintah High School in Vernal, while Tooele will travel to Desert Hills High School in St. George.
The boys and girls state tournaments will take place Feb. 20 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.