The Tooele wrestling program got the opportunity to show off its impressive depth on Saturday at the Grantsville Cowboy Duals.
With their varsity squad competing at the Layton Invitational Tournament, the Buffaloes brought their junior varsity to Grantsville. The younger Buffaloes weren’t intimidated by the competition, picking up the team title at the six-team dual meet tournament.
“We’ve got a lot of new kids, a lot of young kids, but they’re doing a pretty good job,” said Tooele coach Richard Valdez. “We have some kids who are learning a lot, but performed very well.”
The Buffaloes earned the team championship over Hunter. Grantsville was third, followed by Ben Lomond, Park City and West.
Tooele wrestlers brought home six individual titles Saturday, led by 113-pounder Triston Gossett, who was named the tournament’s Outstanding Wrestler for the lower weights.
“I pinned almost every kid in the first round,” Gossett said. “It’s good to get your confidence up and get your mind right and come out on top.”
Wyatt Chaplin (120 pounds) was the top grappler in his weight class. Other individual champions from Tooele included Brayden Adams (138 pounds), David Carreau (145), Maka Kioa (220) and Zach Langi (285).
The Buffaloes also got second-place finishes from D’Warren Robinson (132), Anthony Ventura (152), Cole Fonger (160), Blake Johansen (182) and Jordan Erickson (195), while Judd Tolbert (126) and Jagger Chiles (170) finished third.
“We’ve got a lot of good kids,” Valdez said. “We’ve got 55 kids in the room, and they make each other better. It gives our second men and even some of our third men a chance to compete against good talent.”
Grantsville’s Dean Fraser won the 195-pound title to lead the Cowboys’ run to a third-place finish. Hunter Anderson (126) and Seth Anderson (170) finished second, and Chase Soule (160) and Bronco Cloward (285) were third.
It was an impressive showing from the Cowboys, who lack the experience and numbers that other teams enjoy.
“The kids wrestled well,” Grantsville coach Clarence Evans said. “We have a very inexperienced team. About half of the team is first-year kids, and they’ve done real well for as small a team as we have. We forfeit a lot of weights, so I was tickled with them.”