Prep wrestling: Box Elder narrowly misses top team honors

Feb 17 2012 - 12:38am

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(ASHLEY FRANSCELL/Special to the Standard-Examiner) Box Elder’s Rasten Yeates wrestles in the 152-pound weight class during the 4-A/5-A high school wrestling championships on Thursday at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University in Orem. Yeates beat Kimball Bastian to win the championship.
(ASHLEY FRANSCELL/Special to the Standard-Examiner) Fremont’s Brandon Barela celebrates after a win in the 145-pound weight class.
(ASHLEY FRANSCELL/Special to the Standard-Examiner) Box Elder’s Rasten Yeates wrestles in the 152-pound weight class during the 4-A/5-A high school wrestling championships on Thursday at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University in Orem. Yeates beat Kimball Bastian to win the championship.
(ASHLEY FRANSCELL/Special to the Standard-Examiner) Fremont’s Brandon Barela celebrates after a win in the 145-pound weight class.

OREM -- Four individual state titles wasn't enough as Box Elder looked to play spoiler to Maple Mountain in the state 4-A wrestling championships Thursday night at Utah Valley University's UCCU Center.

Up by 24 points after the semifinals, Maple Mountain placed four wrestlers of their own on top of the podium and rode a 305-289 victory over the Bees to a team title.

"It was a little disappointing," Box Elder sophomore wrestler Breckin Gunter said. "But it was really cool to see all the support we got. It seems like the whole town is out here."

Gunter took the title in the 195-pound class with a 5-4 decision over Highland's Justin Weaver.

"I've been working hard all season and offseason for this moment so it felt good to get a win," Gunter said.

He was joined on top by teammates Rasten Yeates in the 152 category, Nick Sorenson in the 160 weight and Rylee Reeves in the 285 division.

Five of Box Elder's nine matches came against the leaders with Maple Mountain just edging the Bees 3-2.

Other area schools fared well with senior Quinn Hinckley -- Logan High's lone wrestler in the finals -- grabbing the state title for the 132 class, pinning Skyline's Jess Clapier, and Sylas Wells, one of three Mountain Crest wrestlers icing an impressive 44-1 season in the 220 class with a pin just 53 seconds in on Box Elder's Joe Flores.

"Once I got a hold of his arm I did not let go," Wells said. "I knew I had him once I got on top because each time we've met I've been able to roll him over."

Among other Top of Utah wrestlers, Clearfield's Colton Thiel fell in 106-pound final, while Box Elder's Shand Hardy lost at 113 pounds and teammate Mckay Parrish fell at 138 pounds.

Box Elder's Jake Tolman lost in the 145-pound final, while Bees teammate Britton Gunter lost at 170 pounds.

Mountain Crest and Logan finished third and fourth, respectively, in the team standings with Region 6 champion Clearfield ninth overall.

5-A finals

Fremont grappled their way to a fourth-place finish with a score of 139 in the 5-A team bracket behind Alta, Viewmont and Pleasant Grove, who topped the list at 237 overall points.

Senior Brandon Barela nabbed the Silverwolves' only top spot in the 145 class with a 8-5 decision over Northridge's Ryan Goodwin.

Barela's win was part of a strong showing from area teams in the middle weights which started with an emotional 8-6 come-from-behind overtime win from Syracuse junior Zane Rich over West Jordan's Cody Paraso at the 132 class.

"I'd been in many situations before where I was down but you just have to fight" Rich said. "Having teammates that push me every day to get better is something that has really helped me improve in those situations."

Rich was followed by a first-place finish from Layton's Ken Astle, who pinned Pleasant Grove's Josh Jones in the 138 class.

The Lancers grabbed another podium spot with a pin as Carlos Turner pinned Alta's Shad Ennis at the 4:41 mark.

After a stellar start to the year followed by several tough losses near mid-season, Weber's Mack Huntsman took top honors in the 160 class with a dramatic 8-6 come-from-behind decision over American Fork's Brayden Rhoton.

"When I took the couple losses that I took it really got to me and made me want to push harder," Huntsman said. "I almost think it's a good thing I lost earlier because I don't think I would have pushed as hard as I did up until now. Ever since my junior year I told my coach I wanted to take state and he helped me work even in the off season. It finally paid off."

Layton finished fifth as a team, with Weber seventh and Syracuse eighth.

Fremont's A.J. Arteaga lost in the 126-pound final, while Weber's Devon Childress lost at 170 pounds in the title, and Davis' Nick Casey lost at 182 pounds.

The state 3-A, 2-A and 1-A tournaments begin at 1 p.m. today, and run through Saturday evening at the UCCU Center.

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