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Wrestling Recap: Utah 1A, 2A and 3A Junior High State Championships


WrestlingUtah(Youth1 Wrestling) - Action in the Beehive State picked up over the weekend as wrestlers from across the state competed for thier first state championship of the season. Wrestlers in the 7th through 9th grades hit the mats at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield, Utah to compete in the 2012 Utah 1A, 2A and 3A Junior High State Championships. 

Below, we take a look at how each of the junior high brackets placed out. 

67-pound
Clinching the 67-pound competition was Braxton Mickelsen of North Sevier as he defeated Rhett Lee of Cedar City in 2:12. It was Stetson Rich of Altamont who came away with a third place in a bye.

70-pound
Slade Sheriff of Millard walked away as 70-pound champion after a victory in 3:41 over Stetson Wright of Milford in the title match. Braxton Bailey of Canyon View took the bronze award due to a forfeit by Chris Payne of Morgan.

73-pound
Gage Mason of North Sevier took home the 73-pound title after he defeated Tyler Dalton of Delta, 7-4, in the championship match. Mason was a champion of the Nebo Wrestling Invitational this past December. Rounding out the third spot was Jayden Williams of Summit Smith with a win in 0:55 against Drew Jones of Carbon.

76-pound
Delta’s Brady Poulsen pulled the upset in the 76-pound championship as he took out 2012 Jr. High State Champions David Vantassell. Poulsen defeated Vantassell of Duchesne in a 5-4 thriller in the final round. Poulsen won in the Beehive Brawl just a week ago and finished 3-0 in this tournament. Danny Thompson of Altamont saw victory in the consolation match with a defeat of Braxton Merryweather of Spanish Fork in 1:29.

80-pound
Holden Richards of Bear River defended his Jr. High State Championship as he won the 80-pound championship with a 5-2 victory against Dillon Torgerson of North Sevier in the gold medal match. Richards was also the winner of the Christy’s Clash two weekends ago. Tanner Pyne of Payson claimed third with a victory by fall over Connor Rowley of Duchesne in 3:43.

83-pound
Gentry Warner of Juab sealed the 83-pound title with a 6-0 decision against Zach Taylor of Delta in the closing contest. This is Warner’s third consecutive weekend as champion as he claimed one in the Beehive Brawl last weekend and the Juab Jr Wasp tournament two weeks prior. North Sevier’s Colton Covington won the consolation match against Hunter Thacker of Altamont, 6-3.

86-pound
Coming away as champion of the 86-pound for the second year in a row was none other than Trevor Cluff of Wasatch with a 5-0 victory over teammate Shawn Sorensen in the title match. Cluff fell short in the Beehive Brawl but took home a title in January in the Wasatch Youth and Jr High tournament. Kota Powell of Duchesne took home the third place trophy with a 10-8 win against Jarrin Church of Canyon View.

90-pound

Jaxon Cole of North Summit continued his dominance as he brought home yet another state championship. Cole, who became a 4x state champion, won the Jr High 90-pound championship with a 17-2 tech-fall over Jayce Lind of Juab. A winner of last week’s Beehive Brawl, Cole tech-falled his way through the bracket enroute to another championship. Winning third was Braxton Wilcox of Monticello with a 5-0 shutout of Cedar City’s Shane Wilson.

93-pound
The winner of the 93-pound was Seth Gardner of Wasatch with a 6-4 decision against Cooper Skinner of Bear River in the championship bout. Gardner was also a champion in last weekend’s Beehive Brawl. Austin Hone of Payson won the consolation match in 2:50 over Logan Crandall of South Summit.

96-pound
The 96-pound title went to Taten Ringel of North Summit with a 3-0 victory against Jed Loveless of Payson in the final match. It was Wasatch’s Steven Ballif with a close 7-5 win over Matthew Taylor of Duchesne in the third place battle.

100-pound
Jakob Discher of Wasatch won the 100-pound with a 6-2 final over Austin Davis of Spanish Fork in the title match. Emerging victorious from the consolation bout was Rylee Green of Bear River with a defeat of Braden Nielson of Delta, 5-1.

104-pound
Caritos Nava of North Summit captured the 104-pound crown after he toppled Corbin Smith of Wasatch in 0:26 in the championship round. Nava was a winner in the Christy’s Clash earlier in January. Stockton Moat of Duchesne clinched third with a 3-1 win against Colton Humphries of North Sanpete.

108-pound
Delta’s Dalin Ewert earned his way to a 1st place finish with a 10-0 Major over Wyatt Monroe of Payson in the title round. Taking home the third place title was Kolton Owens of Panguitch with a 12-4 final over Preston Carter of Delta.

112-pound
Claiming the Junior High 112-pound championship was Owen Pentz of Morgan after he defeated Nathan Richards of Union, 5-2, in the gold medal match. McKayd LaRose of Monticello put the squeeze on Aldair Moran of Delta in 0:35 in the consolation match.

116-pound
Shandon Bradford of Monticello rose out of the final round with an 8-0 victory against Bear River’s Kaygen Canfield. Wyatt Jessen of Alatamont secured the consolation championship with a victory by fall in 3:57 against Jace Anderson of North Summit.

120-pound
Zac Musselman of Monticello found his strength with a 9-1 Major over Conley Breshears of Morgan to win the 120-pound championship match. Musselman achieved a title in the New Mexico National Showdown several weekends ago and finished this tournament 4-0. Emilio Leiva of Payson brought home a third place trophy with a victory over Tanner Shields of Delta in 1:23.

124-pound
Winning the 124-pound bracket was Tyler Manookin of Payson as he defeated Carlos Lazaro of Delta, 9-4, in the closing round. Manookin won in the Nebo Junior High District Championships earlier this season. Sealing the third seat was Xavier Mackley of Wasatch with a 7-4 decision over Byron Anderson of Dixie.

128-pound
Winning the 128-pound matchup for a second year in a row was Ritchie Heywood of Wasatch who scored a 4-3 decision over Jacky Bryge of Carbon. Finishing third was none other than Justin Christensen of Payson with a 10-6 victory over Kyler Dick of South Summit.

132-pound
Chayce Loveless of Payson defeated Ashton Dieli of Emery, 6-2, in the final round to claim ownership of the 132-pound title. DJ Cohen of Wasatch walked away as the consolation champion after pinning Bryken Jensen of Bear River in 2:03.

138-pound
Jason Hatch of Delta was crowned champion of the 138-pound bracket after an 8-2 toppling of North Summit’s Rand Pence in the final round. Hatch took home a title in the Wasatch Youth and Jr High Tournament in mid-January. It was Blake Falls of Cedar City with a 10-2 Major triumph over James Clark of Carbon in the third place qualifying match.

145-pound
Payden Osborne of Payson won the 145-pound medal with a startling 15-0 tech-fall over North Sevier’s Mac Peterson in the championship. Osborne was also a first place winner of the Beehive Brawl and Wasatch Youth and Jr High Tournament. Domanik Stansfield of Altamont secured the third seat after he defeated Daxton Anderson of Delta, 7-2.

155-pound
Ashton J Seely of Juab won his second straight Jr. High State Championship as he defeated Bryson Conger of Bear River by first period fall in 1:00 in the championship bout. Seely was also a champion of the Beehive Brawl and Wasatch Youth tournaments earlier this season. Mari Sepata of Uintah pinned Wyatt Peterson of Richfield in 1:54 to win the consolation match.

170-pound
Cutler Thomas of Desert Hills captured top honors of the 170-pound bracket after a triumph in 4:05 over Hunter Anderson of Bear River in the championship match. Taking home third place was consolation winner Adam Marck of Payson who scored a 3-2 decision over Hootchy Brewer of North Sanpete.

190-pound
Sealing it for the 190-pound championship was Aaron Verduzco of Duchesne with a 1:28 finish over Sam Sevy of North Sanpete in the title match. Verduzco won first in Christy’s Clash and finished the Jr High State 3-0. Cason Messersmith of Juab took home the bronze award with a 6-1 decision against Britton Porter of Delta.

210-pound
Winning the 210-pound championship was Justin Christensen of Carbon with a 0:20 pin over Dylan White of Juab in the title round. Meanwhile John Reil of Delta earned his way to a third place spot after he defeated teammate Brett Roundy, 3-2, in the consolation match.

210+pound
Clinching top honors of the 210+ was Brett Walker of Delta as he wiped William Ledbedder of Altamont, 7-0, in the final round of the tournament. Walker finished 3-0 in the series and was a winner in the prior Beehive Brawl and Wasatch Youth and Jr High events. Rounding out third place was Ryan Coons of Spanish Fork after a defeat of North Sevier’s Braxton Vakautakakala in 3:31.


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