It was a successful weekend for Tooele County’s boys and girls wrestlers at the annual Best of the West Tournament, hosted by Tooele High School on Friday and Saturday.
Tooele’s Kenadee Branham won the girls’ 190-245 pound title on Friday, posting a perfect 4-0 record to help the Buffaloes finish third in the team standings behind Copper Hills and Westlake. Branham won all four of her matches by pin, taking down teammate Kirra Johnson at the 1:00 mark in the first round, followed by a win over Copper Hills’ Emma Williams 1:15 into their second-round match. She pinned teammate Sioana Iongi at the 2:03 mark in her third match before pinning Copper Hills’ Abby Loeffelbein 3:23 into her fourth match of the day.
Iongi finished third in the weight class with a 2-2 record, while Johnson was 1-3 and finished fourth. Vanessa Andersen (115 pounds) and Veronica Andersen (120) each went 3-1 and finished second in their respective weight classes for Tooele, while Grantsville’s Jade Garcia (132-136) and Hannah Broderick (170) also picked up second-place finishes to help the Cowboys finish sixth in the team standings. Tooele’s Jennifer Thomas (108) and Grantsville’s Emma Quigley-Tolman (128) each finished third.
Grantsville’s Haleigh Workman (160) was joined by Tooele’s Shilee Branham (124) and Lexee Branham (145) as fourth-place finishers. Tooele’s Savannah Malmgren (145) finished fifth, and Kaleolane Ned (170) was sixth. Other local wrestlers in the girls’ field included Stansbury’s Zerren Cornelius (108), Grantsville’s Kaizley Clark (132-136) and Tooele’s Emma Brown (170).
On Saturday, Grantsville’s Kole Johnson (106) and Stansbury’s Josh Olson (160) and Matt Ingersoll (285) each finished second in their weight classes in the boys’ tournament. Kole Johnson posted a 3-1 record, pinning Logan’s Will Pearce and scoring major decisions over Westlake’s Parker Ballantyne and Stansbury’s Carson Pease. Olson was also 3-1, pinning Westlake’s Anden Bishop and winning major decisions against Spanish Fork’s Alex Koyle and Brighton’s Austin Ellis. Ingersoll’s 3-1 record included pins against Spanish Fork’s Jaden Green, Dixie’s Aiden Crawford and Clearfield’s Davis Pickett.
Tooele’s Parker Hansen (106) and Chandler Yeck (285) joined Stansbury’s Jordan Hammond (145), Braydon Allie (170) and Xander Howard (220) as third-place finishers. Pease and Grantsville’s Ethan Rainer (152) and Grant Rounds (160) each finished fourth. Tooele’s Mason Flygar (120), Tyson Tso (126) and Cannon Manning (160) each earned fifth-place finishes, as did Stansbury’s Brayden Phillips (132). Sixth-place finishers included Stansbury’s Parker Zukeran (113) and Ethan Vorwaller (220), as well as Grantsville’s Cruz Baldovinez (170) and Tooele’s Ernest Gurr (182).
Stansbury finished fourth of 19 teams, trailing only Westlake, Green Canyon and Spanish Fork. Tooele tied for seventh, while Grantsville was 11th.
Grantsville’s lineup also included Rylan Albrecht (120), Lance Pitt (126), Kyler Wright (132), Ian Mecham (138), Richie Tracy (145), Jonas Floyd (195) and Hazen Atkinson (285). Brandon Ploehn (113), Tayson Miller (138), Warren Welch (145) and Zane Kanirie (152) also took part in the tournament for Stansbury, while Tooele’s squad included Bram Gustin (120), Rhys Stoddard (132), Ty Proctor (152), Dalton McQuiddy (195), Adrien Lovato (220), Stanley Kerr (220) and Alex Kerwood (285).