Red Devil wrestlers place three finalists at state tournament
by Jeff Richards
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Grand County High School wrestlers had three athletes place in their respective brackets at the 2A state tournament held at Utah Valley University in Orem on Feb. 15 and 16.

Junior Edgar Gomez, competing in the 285-pound (heavyweight) category, and senior Trenton White in the 152-pound category led the Red Devils at the tournament. Both wrestlers took third place in their respective divisions and lost just one match during the competition.

“I was kind of hoping we’d see one or two of our wrestlers get to the finals, but we didn’t quite make it there,” said GCHS head coach Dennis Wells. “They all had tough matches all the way through.”

Gomez defeated Jeffrey Lee of San Juan by a pin in the first round of his first match then went on to defeat Bo Owen of North Sevier in a 10-6 decision on Friday. On Saturday, Gomez lost to Koleton Moon of Manti in a 4-3 decision. That dropped Gomez into the consolation bracket, where he pinned both Carson Kinross of Beaver and Braden Dixon of Millard to take third place overall. Gomez finished out the year with a record of 42 wins and 8 losses.

In the 152-pound category, White won his first match, then lost the next. He recorded three more wins to finish the tournament in third place for his weight category.  

White’s first win was an early pin of Enterprise High’s Truston Barlocker, which was followed by a narrow 7-6 loss by decision to South Summit’s Chance Niesporek. White then went on to defeat David Koller of Enterprise by a pin and Kaden Masner of Millard by a 14-4 major decision. Those wins put him in a rematch against Niesporek to decide the third- and fourth-place finishers. This time around, White came out ahead, beating Niesporek on a 4-2 decision. White finished out his senior year with a 44-8 record.

In the 113-pound category, Grand’s Gage Lindquist, a junior, finished in fifth place overall. Lindquist won his first two matches, a pin over South Summit’s Cody Williams and a 17-13 decision over Kenyon Green of Beaver. Lindquist then lost by pin to eventual second-place finisher Tyson Roberts of Manti, midway through the second round of their match. Lindquist also lost by pin to Damon Quintana of Beaver, who ended up placing third overall. But he rebounded to defeat Green again, this time in a 16-14 decision, to secure the fifth-place medal. Lindquist finished out the season with a 46-14 overall record.

Freshman Seth Holyoak, wrestling at 126 pounds, also won two of his four matches, and 182-pound junior Austin Day won one of his three matches at the tournament.

“Seth did really well, considering he was sick all week before divisionals, but still managed to place eighth. At state, he was just one win away from placing,” Wells said. “We should have a strong team next year, with everyone back except for [seniors] Dexter Sheets and Trenton White.”

Sheets, a 120-pound wrestler, also was sick for several days prior to the divisional meet in Richfield and wasn’t able to compete at either division or state, Wells said.

Also participating for Grand in the 2A state tournament were Jaydan Olsen at 113 pounds (although he qualified as Grand’s second entrant in that weight category, Olsen competed in the regular varsity bracket at state), Andrew Hugentobler at 120 pounds, Robert Allred at 132 pounds, and Ronnie Dolphin at 145 pounds.

Grand finished with 57 team points, placing them 12th out of the 18 schools that competed in the 2A state tournament. Millard emerged as the overall winner with 286 points, followed by Beaver (216.5 points) and North Sevier (212 points).

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