Tooele’s wrestling team picked up its third league win last Thursday with a dominating 57- 24 win over Morgan. With some injuries and other concerns, Tooele fielded a few new wrestlers in the lineup. The Buffaloes travel to Ogden tonight to challenge the Tigers and then host Ben Lomond this Thursday in their Senior Tribute.
Starting at 152 pounds, Tooele’s Zach Cruz won by forfeit since Morgan didn’t have a wrestler in that weight. This was Zach’s first match of the season.
Blake Johanson, wrestling his first varsity match this year, was pinned by Morgan’s Tyler Trantham at 160 pounds. That tied the match at 6-6.
Seth Manning gave Tooele the lead for good at 170 pounds. He earned a takedown and near fall in the first period to take a 4-0 lead. He then pinned Porter Green in the second period.
Tooele’s Zach Coffman added to the lead as he clearly dominated the Trogan’s Wyatt Fry, pinning him in less than a minute in the first period. Tooele jumped ahead 18-6.
At 195, Tooele’s Johnny Sullivan jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead, but Wyatt Ekblad put Sullivan to his back to tie the match at 5-5. Sullivan reversed Ekblad and earned a 3-point near fall to lead 10-5 at the end of the first period. Sullivan added another reversal and 3-point near fall in the second period to jump out to a commanding 15-5 lead. But Ekblad was able to catch Sullivan too high and threw him to his back, pinning him to draw closer to the Buffs, who still led 18-6.
Tooele’s Maka Kioa (220) and Thomas Jensen (285) both won by forfeit to push the Tooele lead to 30-12. Back to the lower weight, Morgan’s Jayden Pentz jumped out to a 13-2 lead over Tooele’s freshman Jacob Leo before earning a pin.
Four straight wins for the Buffaloes put the match out of reach with a 51-18 lead. Josh Bishop nailed Morgan’s Colten Miller to the mat in a quick first period pin. Senior Nick Porter jumped to a quick 5-0 lead with a first period takedown and 3- point near fall over the Trojans Wade Schmid. He reverses Schmid in the second period and then pinned him to push the Tooele lead to 42-18.
Tyson Vigil totally dominated Morgan’s Ryder Green at the 126 pound weight class. Vigil threw Green for a takedown and 3-point near fall early in the first period. Entering the second period, Vigil led 7-1 and seven more points to take a commanding 14-1 lead into the third period. Vigil took neutral and quickly threw Green with a head throw. The match ended 36 seconds into the third with a 19-1 technical fall.
KC Hansen continued the dominance over Morgan’s Lukas Gray. Hansen led 7-1 after the first period and 8-3 going into the third period. He then two 3-point near falls and a reversal to earn a 16-5 major decision, adding four team points to the Buffs’ total. Andrew McCreavy was filling in for Garrett Gleed, who is out with a broken foot.
McCreavy led 2-1 after the first period, but trailed 3-2 going into the third period. The close match changed when Morgan’s Tyson Spens was able to put McCreavy to his back and earn a pin.
Cole Fonger (145), finished off the Trojans in a match that went back and forth. Fonger took a four point lead over Morgan’s Seth Snyder, but Snyder took a 5-4 early in the opening period. Fonger was able to earn a reversal and 2-point near fall to take an 8-5 lead after one period.
Snyder trailed 8-7 after a quick reversal in the second period, but Fonger scored four points to close the second period with a 12-7 lead. Fonger ended the match with 30 seconds left when he pinned Snyder. That pin gave Tooele their third league win with a 57-24 victory.
Head coach Gary Coffman was pleased overall by the team’s effort, but said the team still has some improvements to make before the region tournament at Bear River High School on Feb. 1 and 2.