Four wrestlers from Grand County High School received medals for placing among the top six in their respective weight categories at the state tournament held at Utah Valley University last weekend. Feb. 10-11.
Grand, which had qualified 13 wrestlers to compete at state this year, scored a total of 73 points at the tournament, putting the Red Devils in ninth place overall among 16 schools in the 2A classification.
Grand’s top-placing wrestler was freshman Carson Sheets, who took third place overall in the 126-pound bracket.
Sheets started off by winning a major decision over Noah Arnoldsen of Manti by an 11-1 score. Sheets then pinned Enterprise's A.J. Anderson in the quarterfinals to advance to the semifinal round Saturday morning.
In the semifinals, Sheets lost to Millard’s Slade Sheriff by an 8-3 decision, dropping him into the consolation bracket, where he next faced his own teammate, junior Kayden Robertson, who had previously beaten opponents from South Sevier, Kanab, and Manti but had lost to South Sevier’s Tyler Leavitt in a sudden-death victory decision.
Sheets won the battle between the two teammates in a 7-4 decision, advancing to the consolation finals, where he defeated Anderson again, this time in a 6-3 decision, to secure third-place. In the fifth-place medal match, Robertson defeated Leavitt in a rematch by a 9-2 decision.
Sheets finished the season with an overall record of 50-10, while Robertson was 41-22.
GCHS freshman Carson Whitney placed fourth in the 106-pound category. Whitney defeated his first two opponents on Friday by pin, advancing to the quarterfinals on Saturday morning, where he lost to Cody Stubbs of Kanab by pin midway into the second round. In the consolation semifinals, Whitney defeated North Sevier’s Dahlance Smith by pin to advance to the consolation finals for third place. In that final match, Jayden Peterson of Delta pinned Whitney in the third round to take third place, while Whitney took fourth and finished with a season record of 43-12.
Grand’s other state medalist was junior Dakota Johnson, who placed fifth in the 138-pound category.
Johnson started off with a win by a 12-5 decision over Delta’s Dillon Lee in the first round. That was followed by a loss by pin to Gunnison’s Alex Holder.
In the consolation round, Johnson then won his next two matches, beating South Sevier’s Chase Christensen and Millard’s Brady Turner, both by pin. Johnson then lost in the consolation semifinals to South Summit’s Logan Crandall, but then bounced back to defeat Karson Brunson of North Sevier in the fifth-place match. Johnson finished the season with a 32-17 overall record.
Also for Grand, junior Gage Hansen won his first-round match by pin, then lost by pin to Jantsen Manis of Delta. Hansen then defeated Druman Gomez of San Juan by pin, but then was eliminated in the one-loss bracket by Kemmer Jones of South Sevier in a 6-2 decision.
The following GCHS wrestlers each lost their first match, then won their first consolation bracket match before being defeated in their third and final match at state: John Corbin, competing at 120 pounds; Chris Thompson, competing at 132 pounds, Trent Elmore, competing at 152 pounds, Trea Meyer, competing at 182 pounds, and Jarom Shumway, competing at 195 pounds. Competing at state but losing both of their matches for Grand were Brayden Cloud, competing at 113 pounds; Kolby Bedke, competing at 138 pounds; and Jared Smith, competing at 195 pounds.
“Wrestling is unbelievably difficult to stick with both mentally and physically, [but] all these Red Devils stuck it out and improved a great deal over the season,” GCHS assistant coach Kelly Sheets said in an online post congratulating the team and its supporters.