Jade Garcia and Hannah Broderick will go down in Grantsville High School wrestling lore after becoming the school’s first-ever female individual state champions.
On Wednesday at Mountain View High School in Orem, Garcia completed a 16-6 senior season by claiming the 132-pound title at the state tournament, which featured teams from classes 1A-3A as well as Class 5A. Meanwhile, Broderick went 2-0 with two pins to win the 170-pound championship.
Garcia posted a perfect 3-0 record with two pins. She opened her tournament in spectacular fashion, pinning Rich’s Kylie Thomson in 30 seconds. Then, she met Parowan’s Hayley Mobley in the semifinal round and held on for a 7-4 decision, putting her into the final against Mountain View’s Zarieh Power.
Garcia and Power made it through the first period, but Garcia wasted little time in clinching the gold medal in period two. Thirty-nine seconds in, she pinned Power and captured the top prize.
Broderick’s first match came in the semifinal round, where she met Rebecca Wamsley of Rich. After completing the first period, Broderick (13-5) needed just 27 seconds of the second period to pin Wamsley and advance to the championship round. There, she met Jocelyn Hepler of American Leadership Academy.
Hepler put up a fight, nearly surviving through the first two periods, but Broderick finished the job with 21 seconds left in the second period to claim the gold medal.
The two champions helped propel Grantsville to a sixth-place finish out of 32 teams, and second among Class 3A schools behind American Leadership Academy. The Cowboys finished with 80 points, trailing only Maple Mountain (192.5), ALA (144), Rich (108), Springville (107) and Mountain View (95).
All five Cowboys who participated in the tournament placed in their respective weight classes. Emma Quigley-Tolman went 1-2 and finished fourth at 128 pounds, beating Kanab’s Mikelle Church by fall in her quarterfinal match. Kaizley Clark was fourth at 136 with an 0-2 record, and Haleigh Workman was 2-1 at 160 pounds and finished fifth. Workman pinned Kanab’s Paige Harder with six seconds left in the first period of the fifth-place match.
The Class 6A girls held their state tournament Wednesday at Westlake High School in Saratoga Springs. Class 4A’s girls tournament will take place on Saturday at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.