Grand grapplers beat San Juan at dual meet in Blanding
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Grand County High wrestlers, coaches, and managers pose for a team photo two days after the Red Devils’ victory over San Juan on Jan. 22. Back row, from left: assistant coach Ron Dolphin, Ronnie Dolphin, Anthony Denton, Richie Cordero, Edgar Gomez, Robert Allred, Seth Holyoak, Tyler Shepherd, and head coach Dennis Wells. Middle row: Gage Longley, Gage Moore, Justin Moore, Qordale Tsosie, Andrew Hugentobler, and John Corbin. Front row: managers Haley Rice and Kasey Betts, wrestlers Gage Lindquist and Jacob Francis, and managers Kwincey Wells and Tracy Dalton. Photo by Jeff Richards
Grand County High wrestlers, coaches, and managers pose for a team photo two days after the Red Devils’ victory over San Juan on Jan. 22. Back row, from left: assistant coach Ron Dolphin, Ronnie Dolphin, Anthony Denton, Richie Cordero, Edgar Gomez, Robert Allred, Seth Holyoak, Tyler Shepherd, and head coach Dennis Wells. Middle row: Gage Longley, Gage Moore, Justin Moore, Qordale Tsosie, Andrew Hugentobler, and John Corbin. Front row: managers Haley Rice and Kasey Betts, wrestlers Gage Lindquist and Jacob Francis, and managers Kwincey Wells and Tracy Dalton. Photo by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School wrestling team defeated San Juan in a dual meet at Blanding last Wednesday, Jan. 22. The meet score was 48-33 in favor of the Red Devils.

Senior Gage Lindquist started off the meet with a win by pinning his opponent in the 126-pound category. Lindquist improved to 26-3 on the season, according to GCHS head coach Dennis Wells.

Grand then won the next two weight classes by forfeit, with Robert Allred at 132 pounds and Richie Cordero at 138 pounds each not having an opponent to wrestle.

Sophomore Seth Holyoak then defeated his man by pin at 145 pounds, and senior teammate Jacob Francis also won by pin at 152 pounds. Francis normally wrestles at 138 pounds, but weighed in before the meet at 139 and was therefore able to wrestle up one higher weight, Wells said, adding that Francis is now 30-1 on the season.

San Juan then won the next three matches (160, 170, and 182 pounds) by forfeit, as Grand had no wrestlers at those weights.

“We gave up a total of five open spots,” Wells said.

At 195 pounds, Grand freshman Tyler Shepherd earned a forfeit win, then faced San Juan’s 182-pound wrestler in an exhibition match, which Shepherd lost by pin.

San Juan then took the 220-pound match by forfeit, after which heavyweight Edgar Gomez of Grand won by forfeit. Gomez, a senior, has an unbeaten 29-0 record this season, Wells said. “All three of our seniors have been doing really well,” he said.

The match then went back down to the lightest weight, 106 pounds, at which Grand’s John Corbin, a freshman, lost in three rounds on points, 11-6.

At 113 pounds, San Juan won by forfeit, after which Grand’s Justin Moore won by forfeit at 120 pounds. Those two wrestlers then battled each other in an exhibition match, which Moore won by pin.

Also, before the varsity meet started, GCHS junior Qordale Tsosie, who weighed in at 142 pounds pinned his heavier opponent in a junior varsity match.

“We went 5-2 in the matches that actually took place,” said Wells.

This week, the Red Devils are scheduled for four straight days of competition. They’ll face Dove Creek, Colo. at Moab on Wednesday, Jan. 29, starting at 6 p.m. The following night, they’ll travel to Monticello for a dual meet there, also at 7 p.m. Then on Friday, Jan. 30 and Saturday, Feb. 1, Grand will compete at the North Sanpete invitational tournament in Mount Pleasant.

Following this week’s string of matches, the Red Devils will then get ready for the 2A Southern Division meet the following weekend in Richfield on Feb. 7 and 8. The state 2A meet will be on Feb. 14 and 15 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.

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