The Grand County High School wrestling team defeated Emery in a dual meet at Moab on Wednesday, Jan. 11. The Red Devils won eight of 13 matches to outlast the Spartans, 45-27.
The meet began with Grand’s Gage Hansen losing by decision by the slimmest of margins to 220-pound opponent Ty Mecham, who managed to score only a single point in three rounds of action. Emery gained three team points with that 1-0 win.
Neither team had a wrestler competing in the heavyweight category, so no points were awarded in the double forfeit. The meet then moved to the lightest weights and progressed to higher weight divisions from there.
Wrestling at 106 pounds, Grand’s Carson Whitney defeated Korby Christiansen of Emery by pin. Grand’s Brayden Cloud beat Emery’s Dax Hall in the 113-pound category, also by pin.
Competing at 120 pounds, GCHS senior John Corbin lost by pin to Chase Christiansen. Red Devil junior Kayden Robertson defeated Emery’s Josh Sharp in the 126-pound category, also by pin.
Wrestling at 132 pounds, Grand freshman Carson Sheets and Emery sophomore McKay Meccariello battled for three full rounds before Sheets prevailed in a decision.
Then, in the 138-pound competition, GCHS junior Dakota Johnson pinned Emery’s Gus Dalton.
The 145-pound match was a crowd-pleasing back-and-forth battle, with Grand freshman Kolby Bedke eventually pinning Emery sophomore Brady Boren in the second round.
Grand sophomore Trent Elmore picked up a forfeit win at 152 pounds, and freshman teammate Tayson Wilson lost to Emery’s Newt Oveson by a second-round pin.
GCHS junior Jared Smith later lost by pin to Emery’s Lon Huntsman in the 170-pound category.
Wrestling at 182 pounds, Grand’s Trea Meyer was declared the winner by forfeit, but he went ahead and wrestled Emery’s Tyler Owens in an exhibition match. Meyer defeated Owens by pin in the first round.
In the final match of the night, Grand sophomore Jarom Shumway defeated Emery senior Duke Curtis by pin in the 195-pound category.
A couple days after the dual meet victory over Emery, the Red Devils traveled to Gunnison to take part in the Battle at the Pound invitational tournament. Grand scored 187.5 team points and placed sixth overall out of 13 teams in the tournament.
Sheets took first place in the 126-pound varsity division at Gunnison, winning all seven of his matches, including five wins by pin.
In other varsity action at Gunnison, Whitney placed fourth in the 106-pound category, Cloud placed fourth at 113 pounds, Corbin took fifth place at 120 pounds, Robertson placed fourth at 132 pounds, Elmore placed ninth at 145 pounds, Meyer placed sixth at 182 pounds, Shumway placed sixth at 195 pounds and Hansen placed fourth at 220 pounds.
In the junior varsity division at Gunnison, Bedke won five matches and placed second in the 138-pound bracket. In other junior varsity action for Grand, Kyler Maxwell took eighth place at 132 pounds, Stacy Randall took sixth in the 138-pound category and Tayson Wilson placed sixth at 160 pounds.
This week, the Red Devil wrestlers were scheduled to face San Juan in a dual meet at Blanding on Wednesday, Jan. 18. Grand will then travel to Orem to take part in the Rockwell Rumble at Utah Valley University on Jan. 20 and 21.