Wrestlers win dual meet at Blanding, compete at Rockwell Rumble in Orem
by Jeff Richards
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The Grand County High School wrestling team defeated San Juan in a dual match at Blanding on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

The Red Devils outscored the Broncos 55-13 during the match, winning 10 individual matches and losing three.

Four of Grand’s wins were by fall, with Kayden Robertson, Stacy Randall, Jared Smith, and Jarom Shumway each picking up a win by pin. Grand had four other wins by forfeit, with Carson Whitney, Brayden Cloud, Carson Sheets and Kolby Bedke each picking up a forfeit win in their respective weights.

Grand’s other two wins came by decision. In the 120-pound category, senior John Corbin outlasted San Juan’s Lymir Benn over three rounds to win on points, 18-6. And at 220 pounds, junior Gage Hansen defeated Druman Gomez of San Juan by a 2-1 margin in double-overtime thriller.

Grand’s only three losses of the night were Chris Thompson’s 17-4 defeat by decision to Yakeisin Tso at 138 pounds, Trent Elmore’s loss by pin to Grange Simpson at 160 pounds, and Trea Meyer’s 11-9 loss to DJ Howell at 182 pounds.

The 285-pound heavyweight category was uncontested, with both teams forfeiting and no points being awarded.

Grand also went 2-1 in junior varsity matches staged at San Juan, with Bedke and Shumway each recording a JV win by pin, and freshman Kyler Maxwell losing by pin at 132 pounds.

Then, on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 20 and 21, the Red Devils were in Orem competing in the Rockwell Rumble, an event that attracted some 78 teams, including several from out of state.

Grand scored a total of 50 points at the event, putting them almost directly in the middle of the participating teams, in 36th place overall.

Grand’s top scorer was Carson Whitney, who went 5-0 before losing to Bingham’s Marco Herrera in the finals of the 98-pound category. Whitney placed second in that weight class.

Other point earners for Grand at the Rockwell Rumble included Corbin, who went 1-2 at 120 pounds, Sheets, who went 2-2 at 126 pounds, Robertson, who went 1-2 at 132 pounds, Dakota Johnson, who went 2-2 at 138 pounds, and Hansen, who went 3-2 at 220 pounds.

This week, in their final home match of the season, the Red Devils are scheduled to host Monticello on Wednesday, Jan. 25, starting at 7 p.m. The 2A Division meet will be in Richfield the weekend of Feb. 3 and 4, with the state championships to take place the following weekend at Utah Valley University in Orem, on Feb. 10 and 11.

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