Just because the high school wrestling season came to a close in February, it doesn’t mean that local grapplers haven’t still been hard at work.
Just ask the Stallions Wrestling Club, a Stansbury Park-based squad that wrapped up its spring season late last month.
The club first traveled to the Utah Freestyle and Greco State Tournament the weekend of April 20-21, coach Tyson Linnell said in an email. The first day of the tournament featured the Greco-Roman style, with a number of local wrestlers placing. Kayce Linnell and Keian Linnell each placed first, with Yama Zukeran, Brandon Ploehn and Danny Khoundet each finishing second. Ben Ploehn, Kole Johnson and Koby Johnson had third-place finishes, while Braxton Ard and Logan Kuehn finished fourth. Coach Linnell said Tyler Khoundet, Carson Pease, Brady Philips and Jayden Sisam finished just short of placing.
The next day was the freestyle portion, with Kayce Linnell and Keian Linnell again winning their brackets. Kole Johnson was second, while Zukeran, Brandon Ploehn, Danny Khoundet and Koby Johnson were third, Ard was fourth and Ben Ploehn was fifth. Tyler Khoundet, Pease, Philips, Sisam and Kuehn also wrestled well.
A few days later, the team traveled to Las Vegas to take part in the Western Regionals.
“By competing at this tournament, the wrestlers are qualified for Nationals (to be) held this summer,” Coach Linnell said in an e-mail. “This tournament has wrestlers from all over the western states and is highly competitive.”
The tournament was split into three portions. During the Greco Roman competition, Keian Linnell finished second and Zukeran was fourth. Keian Linnell also finished third in the freestyle competition, and during the folkstyle festival on the final day, he finished fourth and Koby Johnson finished second. Kole Johnson, Danny Khoundet, Ard, Tyler Khoundet, Pease, Philips and Simon Warren also came close to placing.