Top 5A/6A wrestling teams battle for state titles 46

Pleasant Grove's William Cole Zorn and Luis Garcia grapple with one another as they wrestle in the 132-pound weight class during the UHSAA 6A and 5A State Wrestling Championships on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, at the UCCU Center in Orem. Isaac Hale, Daily Herald

The returning 6A state wrestling champs Pleasant Grove made a statement this past weekend and that was they aren’t going to give up the title without a fight.

The Vikings have been looking up at Layton all season long finishing behind the Lancers at The Rumble. Layton has plenty of star power and the Lancers on their divisional hosted by Copper Hills while Vikings prevailed at their divisional hosted by Syracuse.

But it was the way the Vikings dominated, scoring 559.5 points, easily outscoring host Syracuse (403) to win the Divisional A tournament.

The Vikings crowned five individual champions as Jackson Visser (106), Talmage Woodhouse (138), Cole Zorn (145), Jaxon Moore (160) and Maika Tauteoli (220) all won titles. In two Vikings vs. Viking championship finals, Woodhouse defeated teammate Oakley Ridge 9-6 while Tauteoli downed teammate Phillip Boban by major decision 12-1.

Pleasant Grove has struggled a bit this season with injuries, and finally the Vikings are getting their lineup together. Keegan Wilkinson (285), a returning state placer, had missed pretty much the entire season with just a single match going into the divisional, but came through with a clutch second place finish at the divisional and will be a factor at the state meet in 10 days.

Pleasant Grove will take 25 wrestlers to the state tournament, which bodes well for the Vikings to repeat. Layton still has the stars and will likely have more state champions and finalists, but with just 16 qualifiers, the Lancers will be at a disadvantage.

Michel Stock (126), Kollin Slade (132), and Ted Johnson (170) finished second to add to the Viking attack.

Lone Peak competed at Divisional A alongside the Vikings and finished sixth in the 11-team field. Samuel Clark (182) finished second for the Knights.

Westlake had a very good divisional tournament, finishing second as a team at the Divisional B tourney. Jacob Finlinson kept his perfect record intact by winning the 120-pound class. Finlinson, a returning state champ and just a sophomore, now has 25 wins without a defeat. Teammate Zach Warren (195) also won a title for the Thunder who will take 18 wrestlers to the state meet setting themselves up for a possible trophy run. Trent Taylor (138), Gabe Stastny (170) and Anthony Stockwell (220) also placed second for the Thunder.

American Fork finished fourth at the Divisional B tournament as Herriman was sandwiched between them and second place Westlake. Elijah Wilson (160) nailed down a title, while Nathan Bartholomew (120) placed second. The Cavemen will take nine grapplers to state.

Box Elder earned a stunning win at the 5A Divisional A tournament. Ryan Gunn (285) defeated Provo’s Jimmy Tomasi 4-2 for the individual title. The victory by the Bee grappler propelled Box Elder past Wasatch by a single point.

Wasatch still looks powerful as the Wasps had six individual champions and eight divisional finalists, more than any other team. Mitchell Slack (120), River Wardle (126), Sammy Heywood (132), Stockton O’Brien (138), Zak Kohler (145) and Porter Chamberlain (170) all nailed down individual titles. Deklan Kelly (120) lost to teammate Slack in the finals while Tristan Ocana (103), seeded seventh, made a nice run to the championship finals before falling to Box Elder’s top seeded Bridger Ricks.

Skyridge finished a solid third place behind Wasatch and Box Elder and put four wrestlers in the finals with Colby Eastmond (126), Hadley Cowan (132), Trace Muse (170), and Ernest Barlow (195) who all earned silver medals for the Falcons.

Provo finished ninth and Springville tenth at the 12-team divisional held at West High School

At the 5A Divisional B tournament held at Roy High School, Viewmont was the winner while Maple Mountain finished second. Two other Utah County schools competed at this meet. Timpanogos finished sixth, while Timpview was eleventh in the 12-team field.

Maple Mountain had four champions with Brock Morris (106), Cooper Cox (120), Zack Johnson (170) and Parker Gasser (182). Declan Morris (126) and Carson Kay (285) were silver medalists for the Golden Eagles.

Holland Knudsen (152) and Alex Eidem (195) finished second for Timpanogos, while Isaac Nelson (195) finished fourth for Timpview.

At the 3A Divisional B meet held at the Sevier Event Center in Richfield, American Leadership Academy (ALA) finished second behind Delta in the 8-team field.

ALA will send 16 wrestlers to the state meet two weekends away as the program hopes to be the first charter school to win a team trophy in wrestling. Lukus Carillo (106), Rhett Miner (126) and Quenton Mortimer (132) all won titles for the Eagles. Luis Canralez placed second at 220 pounds.

The top eight wrestlers in each divisional earn the right to compete at the state meet while the ninth place wrestler will be able to compete if one of the wrestlers ahead of them misses weights, gets injured or is medically disqualified for a skin condition. Complete results for all these divisional tournaments can be found at https://www.trackwrestling.com. The 4A divisionals will be this Friday and Saturday as Mountain View and Tooele will host.

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