Juab Wrestling wins divisional, sends 18 qualifiers to state tournament
DIVISIONAL CHAMPS • Juab Wrestling dominated in the Divisional B tournament and qualified 18 wrestlers for the state tournament.
By Dr. Joel Holman
JHS Wrestling Coach
For the third year in a row, Juab Wrestling won the pre-state Divisional. We scored 453.5 over second place Morgan at 294. South Sevier (290.5), Emery (277) and Richfield (227.5) rounded out the top 5. We qualified 18 wrestlers for state, our highest number yet, and for the first time we have a wrestler in every weight. We won seven 1st, three 2nd, two 3rd, one 4th, two 5th, two 7th and an 8th. Divisional placement determines state seeding . We are set up well to make a run at a team state title and multiple individual titles.
Conner Ingram (113) was our first finalist of the night. He won with a fall in the second period. He pinned every opponent on the weekend, and we expect a similar dominating performance next weekend. Kalob Nybo (120) followed Conner and lost an exciting match to take second. Kalob has the potential to take state next weekend, and we will be working toward that goal. Gentry Warner (132) was our next champion, and he started us on a roll. He was followed by Cade Bowring (138) and Tyler Lynn (145). The three of them tech-falled or pinned every opponent of the tournament. Wyatt Harmon (152) took second to his rival from Morgan. This makes his path to the finals a bit harder next weekend, but we plan to be there and reverse the outcome. At 160, Joey Aagard won by fall to finish up a dominating tournament. He will likely have the same opponent in the finals next week. Another pin would be nice. Rylan Watts (182) was our next finalist. He is wrestling well at the right time of the season, and we anticipate a great state tournament for him. Talon Mangelson (195) was our final champion. He was unchallenged in the divisional and should do as well at state. Jackson Schugk (220) was our final finalist. He took second which should set him up nicely for a run to the finals next weekend.
Blake Mangelson (170) and Shan Jackson (182) placed third. Both had a great tournament and are expected to place high next weekend. Jaxson Kendall (285) took fourth place. If he wrestles well, he is in a good position to make the finals at state. Ben Nielson (106) and Christian Nielson (126) placed 5th, Keaton Sperry (106) and Austin Johnson (152) placed 7th and Dalton Ulibarri (220) placed 8th.
As a team we are the favorites to win a state title. It is our team goal to place top six in every weigh,t and if we can do that, we should bring home the trophy. We need everyone to meet or exceed expectations and our leaders to score bonus points with pins and tech-falls. It will be an exciting state tournament for Juab. We are asking fans to wear crimson on Friday and black on Saturday. We will have black T-shirts available, to be handed out to those fans who come Friday. Come to UVU this weekend and support your Juab Wasp Wrestlers!
State will be held this Friday at the UCCU center at UVU. Wrestling starts Friday at 12:00p. Quarterfinals are at 3:00p. Semi-Finals are Saturday morning at 11:00a. The medal rounds are Saturday at 2:00p and the finals are Saturday at 4:30p. For schedule details you can check the UHSAA website at https://www.uhsaa.org/wrestling/UVU%20Wrestling%20Info.pdf . If you are unable to attend but still want updates, follow us on twitter @juabwrestling. There will also be radio coverage on Mid Utah radio. For coverage and schedule check www.midutahradio.com