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3A DIVISIONAL CHAMPS • JHS did it again as they procured the top spot at the 3A Divisionals over the weekend. Twenty wrestlers qualified for the state tournament, February 15-16 at UVU.

By Dr. Joel Holman
JHS Wrestling Coach

Make that four in a row! Juab Wrestling won the pre-state divisional again. We scored 287 points, beating second place Emery at 241. For the fourth year in a row, we increased our state qualifiers. This year we qualified 20 wrestlers and have a qualifier in all 14 weights. We had seven champions, two 3rd, two 4th, two 5th, three 6th, three 7th, and an 8th.

Channing Warner was our first champion at 120. He had a great tournament with two pins and a technical fall in the finals. Conner Ingram (126) followed with a tech fall of his own. He also pinned all his other opponents. Our next finalist was Cade Bowring at 145. He capped his weekend with a fall to add to his other two pins and a tech fall. He was followed by Tyler Lynn (152), who won by major decision. Tyler won all his other matches by fall as well. As you can see, we are pretty good pinners and it was the same for our three upper weight champs, Rylan Watts (182) – 3 pins, Blake Mangelson (195) – 3 pins and Shan Jackson (220) – 2 pins, major decision and an ultimate tie breaker overtime decision.

The match of the tournament was not a finals match, though. Senior Austin Johnson reached his goal to earn a medal at divisionals with a 5th place finish. He had a 3-2 record on the weekend and his fifth place match was the best match of the tournament. After trailing early, Austin wrestled tough to tie the score as time expired. He secured a takedown in overtime to win the match 16-14. The Juab fans went wild as his teammates rushed the mat to congratulate him. Austin has a goal to earn a medal and a spot on the podium at state. We think he can.

Other placers were Keaton Sperry (106) and Wyatt Harmon (160) at third. Kalob Nybo (138) and Hunter Blackburn (220) took forth. Matt Jessop (113) and Austin Johnson (170) placed fifth. In sixth place were Jack Payne (106), Kael Tolbert (113) and Bladen Fowkes (285). Seventh placers were Parley Peterson (132), Brayden Lawton (132), and Eric Taylor (285). Freshman Cooper Shaheen qualified in eighth place.

The winners of the other division were Delta and ALA. I believe that they and Emery will be our main competition at state. We have qualified in every weight at state, and we will need to score points in every weight and have our leaders meet or exceed expectations to take state. Pins and tech-falls will be very important to help us build a lead.

We are asking fans to wear crimson on both Friday and Saturday. If you ordered, wear your Valentines shirt on Friday, wear your Crimson JW shirt on Saturday. We will have JW T-shirts available to those fans who come on Friday. Your support is important to your Juab Wasp wrestlers and may be more important this year than ever. Come out and help give us “home field advantage”.

We have two weekends until state this year. It will be held Friday/Saturday, February 15 -16 at the UCCU center at UVU. Wrestling starts Friday at 12:00p. Quarterfinals are at 3:00p. Semi-finals are Saturday morning at 10:30a. The medal rounds are Saturday at 2:00p and the finals are Saturday at 4:30p. There will be a reception at the UVU center following the awards. All are invited.

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