3 Red Devil wrestlers secure No. 1 seeds for upcoming divisionals
by Jeff Richards
Contributing Writer
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Jacob Francis of the Red Devils grapples with his opponent from Dove Creek during the Jan. 29 wrestling match. Photos by Jeff Richards
Jacob Francis of the Red Devils grapples with his opponent from Dove Creek during the Jan. 29 wrestling match. Photos by Jeff Richards
Justin Moore of Grand pins his opponent from Dove Creek on Jan. 29.
Justin Moore of Grand pins his opponent from Dove Creek on Jan. 29.
Grand County High School’s three senior wrestlers each earned No. 1 seeds at the upcoming 2A Divisionals tournament, which is scheduled for Feb. 7 and 8 at Richfield.

Gage Lindquist, competing at 126 pounds, Jacob Francis, wrestling at 138 pounds, and heavyweight Edgar Gomez will all enter their respective weight categories at the tournament as the top seed, according to GCHS head coach Dennis Wells.

The Red Devils competed over four straight days last week. On Wednesday, Jan. 29, Grand hosted a dual meet against Dove Creek, Colo. The Red Devils won the meet 33-21. Francis and Lindquist defeated their opponents on points, while Gomez won by forfeit. Another highlight was junior Justin Moore defeating his opponent by pin toward the end of the match.

The following evening in Monticello, the Red Devils lost to the Buckaroos by the score of 63-12, with Grand getting just two wins: both Francis and Gomez defeated their opponents by pin.

Then, on Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1, the Red Devils competed in the North Sanpete Winter Classic tournament. At that tournament, Gomez went undefeated in the 285-pound category, winning the championship match over Trent Christensen of South Sevier on a 10-2 major decision. Gomez improved to 39-0 on the season.

Also at North Sanpete, Francis and Lindquist advanced to the finals of their respective weights, but each took second, losing their championship matches to opponents from Monticello. At 126 pounds, Lindquist won three matches, including one against teammate Andrew Hugentobler. In the finals, Monticello’s Hunter Bowring defeated Lindquist by a 6-0 decision. Lindquist’s record is now 33-5 on the season.

At 138 pounds, Francis won his first match by a pin, the second by a technical fall, and the third by a narrow 3-2 decision over Devin Bishoff of South Sevier. In the finals, Monticello’s Brandon Musselman defeated Francis on a 4-0 decision. Francis is now 40-2 on the season.

“We had a good week, and hopefully we’ll be in good shape for division and state,” Wells said.

In addition to the top-seeded Gomez, Lindquist, and Francis, the following Red Devil wrestlers will also be competing at the 2A Divisionals (each athlete’s weight category and bracket seeding are listed after his name): John Corbin (106 pounds, 10th), Gage Moore (106, ninth), Gage Longley (113, 12th), Justin Moore (120, eighth), Andrew Hugentobler (126, eighth), Robert Allred (132, third), Anthony Denton (132, 12th), Seth Holyoak (138, seventh), Qordale Tsosie (145, 10th), Richie Cordero (145, 11th), and Tyler Shepherd (195, eighth). 

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