Wrestlers open home season, host Red Rock Invitational

More than 180 grapplers attend from 14 schools in Utah, Colorado

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Dylan Harrison triumphs over a tough opponent from Wayne High School. Harrison has a flair for the dramatic and he worked his way out of trouble a few times. Photo by Anthony Militano

The Moab Red Rocks Invitational marked the beginning of the Red Devil wrestling season in a big way on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, when over 180 male and female grapplers from 14 schools in Colorado and Utah came to Moab.

They were here to be part of the three-mat, eight regular and one finals round test that is the Red Rocks Invitational. Grand County, with a team of 11 wrestlers, took sixth place with a team score of 184.

Last year, Blane Thompson was injured on the first day of the Red Rocks tournament and he was sidelined for the entire season. At that time, Thompson vowed to “work hard” to return to the mats.

Consider it a promise kept. Thompson scored a team-leading 32 points and wrestled a team-best six pins. He won six matches, lost one and had two byes. Thompson ranked second overall in the 170-pound A section. Jeremiah Perman took fifth in that division and picked up 16 points for the Red Devils.

Landon Moralez locked up 30 team points and with five pins, he had a second place standing in the 106-pound A section with five wins, three byes and one loss. Trenton Nelson placed second overall in the 160-pound B with 24 teams points. He picked up three pins, five wins, three byes and one loss.

Zach Phillips of the 220-pound A slammed his way into third place, with four pins, six wins, two losses, one bye and a total of 24 team points. Dylan Harrison locked in 17 team points with three pins, five wins and four losses. Harrison was ranked fifth overall in the 145-pound A section. Jacob Kelley landed in fifth place overall in the 285-pound A class with 15 team points and three wins under his belt.

As a team, Grand County was consistently in the middle of the pack. The Red Devils ranked seventh out of 14 schools with a team total of 65 wins and 43 losses. Grand also ranked seventh in the most pins category, as well as the total of match points with 289.

The team is scheduled to attend the Desert Hills Thunder Invite in St. George on Friday, Dec. 13 and Saturday, Dec. 14.