Wasatch had a great first day at the 5A state wrestling meet, turning the tables on Box Elder who beat the Wasps at the Divisional A tourney two weekends ago.
Wasatch penetrated nine wrestlers into the semifinals including Tristan Ocana (106 pounds), Mitchell Slack (120), Deklan Kelly (120), River Wardle (126), Sammy Heywood (132), Stockton O’Brien (138), Zak Kohler (145), Brock Lloyd (160) and Porter Chamberlain (170).
Wasatch scored 121 points, while Box Elder stands in second with 112. Box Elder will have just five semifinalists, but the Bees bounced back in the consolation rounds to keep it relatively close.
A shocking upset came from Lloyd, who defeated Box Elder’s Trevor Murray 8-5. Murray had won the Divisional A tournament where Lloyd placed fourth. Lloyd actually lost to Murray’s JV counterpart Brandyn Gaytan in the divisional semifinals.
Lloyd’s victory was a key turning point because Gaytan also lost in the quarterfinals to Springville’s Aaron Mele by a 7-3 count. So, instead of Box Elder having two wrestlers at 160 pounds going for the gold, the Bees have zero while Wasatch’s Lloyd moves forward. He will take on Cannon Taylor of Murray. Meanwhile, Mele will grapple against Isaac Wilcox of Olympus, the top-ranked wrestler in Utah regardless of weight or classification.
Skyridge had a very good first day as well as the Falcons have seven wrestlers on the top side of the bracket. Joshua Millward (113), Jayden Adamson (120), Colby Eastmond (126), Hadley Cowan (132), James Hornberger (152), Trace Muse (170) and Ernest Barlow (195) all went 2-0.
Eastmond, Cowan and Hornberger all won one-point decisions, coming through with some clutch points to win their bouts. Hornberger defeated Christian Smoot of Woods Cross 7-6, avenging a loss to the Wildcat wrestler at the divisional tourney.
Going into Thursday’s action, Skyridge is tied for third with Viewmont at 93 points. However, Viewmont only has five semifinalists. The two programs will meet up in two big match-ups at 126 and 152 pounds. At 126, Eastmond will battle Karson Rees, while at 152, Hornberger takes on Viking returning state champ Jeremy Evans.
Maple Mountain remains in the hunt for a trophy as the Golden Eagles will send five wrestlers to the semifinals. Brock Morris (106), Cooper Cox (120), Declan Morris (126), Zack Johnson (160) and Parker Gasser (182) went undefeated on the day. Maple Mountain is in a solid fifth with 71.5 points.
Timpanogos put four through to the semifinals with Holland Knudsen (152), Elijah Kratzer (170), Alex Eidem (195) and Breyden Jorgensen (220). Kratzer scored an emotional 10-8 sudden victory over Viewmont’s Jackson Coyle in his quarterfinal match while teammate Jorgensen pulled off two stunning upsets to push through to the semifinals. Timpanogos sits in ninth place, but just trails sixth place Farmington by 9.5 points.
Timpview and Provo have one semifinalist each as Cael Richardson (220) and Jimmy Tomasi (285) won both of their matches Wednesday.
Richardson pulled off a nice upset of Box Elder’s Kellen Collier, the Divisional A champion, by downing the Bee 3-2 in the ultimate tiebreaker. Richardson will now square off with Emerson Conlon of Olympus. Meanwhile, Tomasi survived two scares as he got past Corner Canyon’s Aaron Wilcox 3-2 in his first round match then defeated Cottonwood’s Samuel Duran 4-2 to advance to the semifinals where he will now face East’s Daniel Tuiono.