The Grand County High School wrestling team placed seventh overall at the 3A duels meet Friday, Jan. 5 in Richfield. While the Red Devils placed seventh out of the eight teams competing, they fared incredibly well on an individual basis.
This low placement, which is unreflective of the team itself, continues to plague the Red Devils, as they have been forced to forfeit a number of matches due to un-filled weight classes. In this particular meet, they were only able to fill six out of the fourteen weight classes, causing them to forfeit in eight classes — and creating an insurmountable deficit.
Senior Gage Hansen, however, defeated the top-ranked 3A heavyweight contender in the state and completed the tournament with a record of 8-2. Kayden Robertson also had a great showing as well, besting all but one of his competitors and finishing at 9-1. Last but not least, freshman phenom Carson Whitney finished with a perfect 10-0 record at the tournament and will be representing Grand County wrestling on the All-Star team this week.
“Carson will be wrestling against the number one wrestler from Beaver,” said head coach Dennis Wells. “He’s wrestled this kid before and beat him last year.” The contender Coach Wells is referencing is Beaver’s McCoy Norman, who is currently the top-rated 2A contender in Utah.
Whitney, who is the top-ranked wrestler in the 3A division at 106 pounds, said he is not getting too comfortable in preparation for this match. “I wrestled him at the 3A state duels and pinned him in the second round, then wrestled him at state, and pinned him in the first round,” Whitney said. “I’m not going to underestimate him. I’m going to treat it like any other tough match. I don’t want to end up getting pinned.”
The results for Whitney’s performance at the Jan. 9 All-Star meet were not available by press time.