The Tooele wrestlers hosted a dual with Kearns last Thursday and traveled to Salem Hills High School in southern Utah County for the Skyhawk Showdown on Friday and Saturday.
When the dust settled, the Buffaloes came away with a victory in the dual and an 11th-place finish out of 24 teams at the Showdown. Junior Joseph Mecham won first place in the 113-pound weight class with senior Ryan Hintze (170) finishing fourth and Wyatt Evans (145) eighth.
Against Kearns, Tooele claimed a 54-30 victory. Kearns conceded 24 points in forfeits for all four lower weights (106, 113, 120 and 126 pounds). In addition to the forfeit points, the following wrestlers pinned their opponents, and each earned six points for the team: Cannon Manning (132), Dallin Malmgren (138), Evans (145), Joshua Prescott (152) and Hintze (170). The Buffaloes gave up five pins at 160, 182, 195, 220 and 285 pounds.
At the Skyhawk Showdown, Mecham dominated his weight class with five pins and a tech fall en route to a 14-3 major decision victory in the final. Hintze recorded three falls and a major decision before losing in the semifinal and third-place matches to claim fourth. Evans earned three pins during pool wrestling but fell short in the quarterfinals and consolation semis, eventually earing eighth place.
In the junior-varsity tournament, the team performed very well and finished seventh out of the 24 teams. Completing their tournament undefeated, Mason Flygare (106) and Drake Gritzmacher (132) earned first place while Sam Guymon (126), Alex Kerwood (285) and Hunter Jensen (285) all finished second. Four wrestlers claimed third to add to the team point total: Rhys Stoddard (120), Ethan Rollie (132), Hudson Stoddard (170) and Cameron Simko (182).
Tooele will wrestle close to home in the next week. They will be at Stansbury High this weekend in the Stallion Stampede tournament, and on Dec. 11, the Buffs will face Grantsville at home. Junior-varsity matches begin at 5:30 p.m. and varsity will commence at 7 p.m. Tooele will hit the road again and travel to the Jody Warren Duals at Weber High in North Ogden on Dec. 14-15 to fill out its schedule leading up to Christmas break.