It appears that the Tooele County wrestling community has a bright future in front of it, judging from the results of last month’s Youth Super State tournament in Richfield.
Thirteen of the 19 members of the Stallions Wrestling Club who competed in the event placed in the top six of their weight class, earning the team a 16th-place finish out of 66 clubs. Grantsville Wrestling Club also had two placers in the tournament out of nine participants, finishing 56th.
“We had a good overall season,” Stallions Wrestling coach Tyson Linnell said. “For wrestling in the Tooele Valley … wrestling’s going to be good. The Stallions Wrestling Club has always been knocking on the door of being one of the top clubs in the state — I’d say in the top-25 clubs in the state — and I think we went out there and proved it.”
Stallions Wrestling Club was led by two-time Super State champion Addyson VanCott, who won the girls’ seventh-ninth grade 100-pound weight class with a 10-9 decision in the final. Tytan Turner finished second in the boys’ pre-school-kindergarten 36-pound class, and Cache Black was second in the first grade 65-pound weight class.
Kayce Linnell was second in the second grade 46-pound weight class and Keian Linnell was second in the fourth grade 55-pound weight class. Blakelee Turner finished third in the girls’ first-third grade 50-pound bracket, and Jackson Gardner was third at 62 pounds in the third-grade bracket.
Carson Spires (55, fourth grade) and Cooper Black (80, third grade) each finished fourth, and Dayten Gochis (81, fourth grade), Yama Zukeran (65, fourth grade) and Brock Bleazard (58, second grade) were fifth-place finishers. Breckan Page (58, third grade) finished sixth.
Other Stallions Wrestling Club members competing in the tournament included Talan Gochis, Rex Roth, Kaysan Page, Braxton Nielson, Ben Ploehn and Bentley Cook.
“We were able to get in a lot of tournaments, which I was worried we weren’t going to be able to do any,” Tyson Linnell said. “We were able to put together a complete, full season, and had a lot of success at the end.”
Sean Costello (44, pre-school-kindergarten) and Boston Deros (73-plus, second grade) each placed fifth for Grantsville Wrestling Club, with Scotty Costello, Cole Jenkins, Cache Hearty, Bronx Olson, Bradley Patino, Mark Jenkins and Dallas Whatcott also competing.