The wrestle-fest at Desert Hills High school will continue today with the semifinals getting under way at 10AM.
In the final 56 spots (14 weight divisions), Delta High school has 14 wrestlers showing in 11 divisions. The Rabbits had two six seeds and one seven seed (the highest appearance) break through to earn final four spots.
The Payson Lions were second in the tournament with six wrestlers earning spots in six divisions. Canyon View and Hurricane were next with five wrestlers apiece making the final four cuts.
The day kicks off with big time Region 9 matchups. In the 106-pound division, Hurricane’s Josh Pettus and Desert Hills’ Joe Mondragon face off on one side of the bracket. This is a must-see matchup.
Right after the Pettus-Mondragon battle, cross-town rivals from Cedar City go at it in the 113-pound division. Cedar’s Dusty Hone and Canyon View’s Kenny Lopez square off in a match that will be sure to make the large contingency of folks who came down from Iron County cheer loudly for their favorite grappler.
Another matchup of interest will be between Hurricane’s Zach Prince and Dixie’s Justin Crapo at 152 pounds. Prince is the favorite, but Crapo would make big noise with an upset.
A 220-pound finals matchup between Hurricane’s Brian Scott and Snow Canyon’s Curtis Bulloch is what many would like to watch, however, both have to go through another opponent first.
Make no mistake; there won’t be a bout not worth watching on Saturday. Most of the best stayed on track, and the few who did break past, showed some extra-determination in winning over a higher seeded opponent. They will have to reach back for that high effort again if they want to move past another high seed.
106 1. Kohl Tolbert (D) v. 4. James Wright (SF)
2. Josh Pettus (H) v. 3. Joe Mondragon (DH)
113 1. Dusty Hone (C) v. 4. Kenny Lopez (CV)
2. Riley Loveless (P) v. 3. Jose Garcia (D)
120 1. Branson Ashworth (SF) v. 4. Juvenal Perez (J)
2. Jared Ewart (D) v. 6. Jesse Mackelprang (CV)
126 1. Mitch Brown (P) v. 4. Trevor Timm (D)
2. Bracken Lovell (D) v. 3. Travis Robinson (CV)
132 1. Jed Mellen (P) v. 4. Trevor Bass (CV)
2. Kolby Lloyd (H) v. 6. Curt Wilde (SC)
138 1. Zach Loveless (P) v. 5. Kayson Leavitt (D)
2. Zach Worlton (PV) v. 6. Blade Edwards (D)
145 1. Cole Ford (P) v. 4. Dalton Harmon (J)
2. Dustyn Roberts (DH) v. 3. Morgan Bogue (D)
152 1. Zach Prince (H) v. 5. Justin Crapo (Dixie)
2. Cole Wright (J) v. 3. Tyler Nielson (D)
160 1. Dane Nielson (D) v. 5. Austin Manuele (PV)
2. Kevan Webb (DH) v. 3. Kaelen Loveless (D)
170 1. Mason Williamson (C) v. 5. Jerome Nelson (PV)
3. Alvino Baldivino (CV) v. 7. Kale Leavitt (D)
182 1. Ryan Petersen (D) v. 4. Talon Bryan (J)
2. Nokoni Slivers (SC) v. 3. Aaron Lee (NSP)
195 1. Cameron Williamson (C) v. 4. Josh Batin (Dixie)
2. Dalton Judd (P) v. 6. Alex Martin (D)
220 1. Brian Scott (H) v. 4. Nyle Adamson (NSP)
2. Curtis Bulloch (SC) v. 3. Joe Takau (H)
285 1. Kalob Stevenson (DH) v. 4. Wes Kauvaka (PV)
2. Kahi Eldredge (C) v. 3. Sheydon John (SC)
Canyon View 128
Desert Hills 102
Snow Canyon 93
Pine View 89
North Sanpete 88
Spanish Fork 56
Delta (D) has 14 wrestlers in the semifinals
Payson (P) has six
Canyon View (CV) has five
Hurricane (H) has five
Desert Hills (DH) has four
Cedar (C) has four
Snow Canyon (SC) has four
Pine View (PV) has four
Juab (J) has four
Spanish Fork (SF) has two
North Sanpete (NSP) has two
Dixie (Dixie) has two
THINGS TO CONSIDER
All of the number one seeds stayed on schedule. Thirteen of the 14 number two seeds are in the semi finals, as are ten number three seeds and ten number four seeds.
Four number six seeds are in the semis and one number seven seed made it. Seven of the divisions ended up retaining all top four seeds for their semi final matchups.
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