Wrestling nine duals in two days can be a grueling event, but Tooele High’s wrestling team handled the chore with some excellent results. At the Iron Town Duals in Cedar City last Friday and Saturday, the Buffaloes garnered the second-place team trophy with a 9-1 record. Their only loss was a 42-27 defeat to Desert Hills, the tournament champion.
In the opening dual on Friday, Tooele handled Nevada’s Clark High with a 56-24 drubbing. Pins by Josh Bishop, Jarrid Lavios, Tyson Vigil, Austin Strehle and Garrett Gleed jumped Tooele out to a commanding 44-6 lead before Clark was able to pick up three pins in the upper weights.
Against Liberty, the Buffs had a closer battle, edging the Patriots 43-32. Bishop opened the match with a pin and Tooele jumped out to a 22-5 lead with two more pins from Vigil and Strehle and a major decision by Lavios. Liberty closed the gap to 22-20 with three straight wins. Byron Baker grabbed another pin for Tooele but Liberty answered back with their own pin to run the score to 28-26. Three consecutive wins for the Buffs put the match out of reach. Daniel Aragon earned a forfeit and Taejohn Koffel edged Nicholas Watnem 2-1 for a tough decision. Donny Glaser put Tooele up 43-26 with a pin before Liberty closed out the match with a pin.
In their third match of the day, Tooele opened up a big 22-3 lead over Canyon View with wins from Lavios, Vigil, Gleed and Jackson Gavin. The Buffs traded pins with the Falcons, as each picked up four falls. Baker, Aragon, Glaser and Bishop put Tooele ahead for good to drop Canyon View 45-27.
The final match of the opening day proved to be the championship dual as Desert Hills stopped Tooele 42-27, which proved to be Tooele’s only loss of the tournament. There were several matches that could have gone either way. Aaron Garcia opened the match at 126 pounds with a close 5-3 win over Ashton Thomas. Vigil pinned Austin McDermott and Strehle edged Brandon Bodily 6-3 to pull out ahead 12-0 over the Thunder. But they ran off eight consecutive wins, including six pins, to take an unsurmountable 42-12 lead. In those eight wins, Gavin lost a close 11-9 match and Baker lost a 7-6 heartbreaker. The Buffs got a decision from Triston Gossett and pins from Bishop and Lavios, but it was not enough to earn the win.
On Saturday, Tooele opened with a group of wrestlers from various teams that comprised an All-Star team. Tooele handled that group 51-23. Next up was Palo Verde, which the Buffs handled 49-20. In that match, Tooele had pins from Bishop, Lavios, Gleed and Baker and forfeit wins for Trevor Hanson, Koffel and Glaser. Strehle earned a major decision and Aragon won a 12-8 decision to help with the victory.
Against South Sevier in the seventh match, Tooele picked up pins from Gleed, Gavin, Braden Richter and Bishop while Hansen and Aragon picked up forfeit wins. A 17-0 tech fall by Lavios and a decision by Strehle gave Tooele a 49-21 victory.
In the most exciting match of the tournament, Tooele and host Cedar City traded victories back and forth the whole evening. Opening up at 152 pounds, Gavin put Tooele up 6-0 with a quick pin. Cedar City ran off three wins to jump ahead 15-6 before Aragon grabbed another pin to pull Tooele closer at 15-12. Both teams picked up two wins each, with Glaser earning a forfeit win, and Bishop picked up another pin. Tooele trailed 24-27, but Lavios earned a big tech fall to put the Buffs up 29-27. The next two matches went to the Redmen to put them ahead 36-29 with two matches remaining. Strehle edged Dallin Grover 8-6 and Tooele went into the final match trailing 32-36.
At 145, Tooele’s Gleed and Cedar City’s Zach Wolfe were set to battle a close affair. After two periods, the score was knotted at 4-4 entering the final minute of action. Gleed was able to gain a reversal, but was also able to put Wolfe in a cradle, pinning him with 30 seconds left in the match. The six points Gleed earned for his efforts put the Buffs up for good to win 38-36.
In the final match of the tournament, Tooele dominated Hurricane, dumping them 54-18. Two Buff sophomores wrestled one of their best matches of the season. At 152, Gavin ran into McKay Prince, one of the top grapplers in the state. Prince wrestled in last week’s All-Star classic. Trailing early 2-0, Gavin was able to catch Prince in a headlock and pinned the tough wrestler in 28 seconds. Baker (170) also ran into a tough Tiger Brenston Moss. Moss finished 6th in state last year. But Baker was able to pin Moss with seven seconds remaining in the first period. Other pins were earned by Garcia and Vigil, while Glaser, Aragon and Gossett earned forfeit wins. Bishop got a tech fall, Strehle won by major decision and Koffel won a close 4-1 decision.
Tooele’s Bishop and Strehle both were undefeated with 9-0 records. Bishop had six pins while Strehle nailed three opponents to the mat. Lavios went 8-1 with five pins and Aragon finished with a 7-2 record with three pins. Vigil, Gleed and Gavin each finished with 6-3 records and they all had five pins. Earning 5-4 records were Glaser, Baker and Garcia. Baker pinned all five of his wins, while Glaser and Garcia both pinned two opponents. Koffel and Gossett both had three wins with Gossett getting one pin. Richter, filling in for an injured varsity wrestler, earned two wins and Hansen was a last minute entry when Trevor Tomac became ill before the tournament. JV wrestler Brady Knight (106) traveled with the team and earned a 5-4 record while filling in on the Enterprise team.