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December 10, 2013
THS wrestlers place 14th at Layton Tourney

Tooele’s varsity wrestling team finished 14th out of 24 teams at the Layton Invitational tournament last weekend. The junior varsity team won the championship and was awarded a Lancer helmet mounted on a trophy base.

Senior Josh Bishop (113) led the varsity team, as the lower weights scored the majority of the Buffs’ team points. Bishop opened the tourney with a 17-1 tech fall over Viewmont’s Shawn Evans, followed by a 13-6 decision over Isaiah Mejia (Westlake), advancing him to the semifinals. Wasatch’s Jakob Discher won by decision, sending Bishop into the consolation bracket.

Next, Bishop edged Alta’s Taylor Heath 10-9.  Box Elder’s Chance Hardy pinned Bishop in the consolation finals, earning Bishop a hard-fought fourth place medal.

Senior Jarrid Lavios (120) opened the tournament with a bye. He pinned Uintah’s Laramie Brough and won by a 15-0 tech fall over Jordan’s Keagan Sanchez to advance to the semis. Fremont’s Dallin Denton won by disqualification, putting Lavios out of the tourney.

At 126 pounds, junior Aaron Garcia opened with a close 10-7 victory over West’s Sam Tyler. After a loss, Garcia pinned Matt Lockwood (West Jordan) and edged Westlake’s Colby Webb 4-0. Next, Garcia pulled out an exciting overtime tiebreaker over Herriman’s Cade Halliday to advance in the consolation rounds. His fourth consecutive victory was a pin over Logan’s Isaiah Crowson. Following a loss to Box Elder’s Kyle Smith, Garcia would battle for fifth place against Fremont’s Kade Crittenden. In a close battle, Garcia earned an 8-5 decision to capture fifth place.

Tooele had two wrestlers entered in the 138-pound class.  Senior Tyson Vigil was injured when he was pinned by Uintah’s Cody Merkley and defaulted out of the tournament.

Junior Austin Strehle opened with a bye and dropped a 12-8 decision to Peter Burgoyne (Viewmont) to drop into the consolation rounds.  After another bye, Strehle ran off victories over Davis Halls (Woods Cross) and Westlake’s Garett Germar. He ran into Burgoyne again, but gave him a closer match, losing 3-1. In his final match, Strehle dominated Layton’s Austin Clem 11-3 to earn a seventh-place finish.

Other Buffs scoring team points include 106 pounder sophomore Triston Gossett, who earned eight team points with three wins and two losses. Two wins were by pin. Senior Jake Hansen (132) earned a pin and forfeit win, adding seven team points.

At 145, senior Garrett Gleed went 2-2 with a major decision and regular decision, earning four team points. Sophomore Jackson Gavin (152) went 2-2 with two big pins to add seven valuable team points to the Buff’s score.  Maka Kioa, a junior wrestling at 195 pounds had a bye and a pin before being eliminated from the tournament. He added six points to the team total.  Other wrestlers representing the varsity team include Zach Cruz, JD Furuta, Trevor Tomac, Danny Aragon and Zach Langi.

Tooele’s JV team placed seven wrestlers in the JV finals, with three capturing tournament titles. Sophomore Trevor Gleed (126) started with a bye and then he pinned Lehi’s Garrett Rich. He dominated Wasatch’s Ben Taylor 15-2 and then won by tech fall over another Wasatch wrestler, Nick Mair. In the finals, Gleed overpowered Uintah’s Tim Suwyn, pinning him in the second period to claim the tournament championship.

At 182 pounds, sophomore Byron Baker was dominating in route to the finals. He pinned his first four opponents (Lehi’s Colton Enman, Juan Diego’s Adrian Marin, Wasatch’s Juan Espinoza and Corner Canyon’s Russell Rhome) to advance to the finals. He had a tougher contest against Brandon Anderson of Jordan, but Baker captured first place with an 11-5 victory.

The third Tooele sophomore to capture a tournament title was Taejohn Koffel at the 220 pound division. Koffel opened the tournament with a pin over Jordan’s Justin Johnson and a second pin over Taylorsville’s Colten Ortega. In the quarter finals, Koffel trailed 1-0 to Nick Simonich entering the third period. But a 2-point reversal by Koffel gave him a 2-1 lead that held up to earn him a tough victory.  In the semis, Koffel and Layton’s Brian Broadhead butted heads in a classic battle of two strong grapplers.  Late in the third period, the match was tied at 8-8 when Broadhead took his third injury timeout.  Only two are allowed in a match, so Broadhead was disqualified and Koffel advanced into the finals.

Layton’s Jacob Shaw opened up a 5-1 lead on Koffel but in the second period, Shaw was riding too high and Koffel pulled him under to his back, pinning Shaw to capture Tooele’s third first place.

Capturing runner up finishes include freshman Brady Knight at 106. Knight earned two pins before losing in the finals to Wasatch’s Trevor Cluff.  Junior Anthony Ventura pinned his first two opponents before battling to an overtime sudden victory over Jordan’s Chandler Pond. In the finals, Ventura dropped a close 7-3 contest to Layton’s Daxton Ostrowski to finish second.

Senior Tyler Behunin had a great tournament, pinning his first four opponents. He earned falls over Jordan’s Zach Cravens, Logan’s Christian Benhumea, Layton’sCharlie Eagar and Taylorsville’s Cameron McDougal. In the finals, Logan’s Jake Goodwin was too tough to pin and Behunin had to settle for second place. At heavyweight, sophomore Donnie Glaser started off with a bye, but then pinned Uintah’s Jarrod Runnels. In the semis against Brighton’s Emmett Koozer, Glaser was trailing when he got a pin to advance to the finals. Logan’s Richard Mendez pinned Glaser, knocking him to the second place position.

Other place winners include:  thirds — Mason Hansen (113), Andrew McReavy (145), Blake Johansen (170); fourths – Mike Wilson (113), Rico Yslas (120), Trevor Hansen (195) and fifths – Jacob Leo (113) and Braden Richter (160).

Of the 73 victories earned by the JV team, 50 came by way of the pin.

Last year, the Tooele JV team captured second place at Layton.

Tooele’s Varsity will travel to the Thunder Duals in St. George this weekend and the top JV team will compete at the Stansbury Stallion Varsity tournament. Some of the extra wrestlers may travel to St. George with the varsity while others will enter the JV tournament at Stansbury High.

Any wrestling fans who would like to follow Utah wrestling can go online to Many tournaments continually update tournaments as they are being wrestled so supporters who can’t attend a tournament can keep up with the action as it takes place.

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