The Red Devils wrestling team took on the San Juan Broncos on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at the last home match of the season. The Red Devils won two matches and the Broncos won two. Though the match was technically a tie, Grand County Athletic Director Ron Dolphin confirmed that San Juan won the match because the Broncos had more wins by pin than did Grand.
Trenton Nelson representing the 160-pound class for the evening was up first for Grand and lost his regular match, but won an exhibition match at the end of the night. Sophomore Blane Thompson, 170-pounds, wrestled second and won. Jeremiah Perman, also in the 170-pound class, was up third and lost his match. In the 126-pound category, Jayden Stocks had the last regular match of the night and earned a win.
Zachary Phillips, Landon Moralez, Oscar Martinez and Jaymmin Hester all picked up forfeits for the evening.
Seniors Perman and Maison Moyle were recognized for their dedication to the wrestling team. The student team managers, Shealby Lay and Kelsie Key, were also recognized for their support of the team.
Coach Dennis Wells was happy with the results for the evening. He acknowledged that two wins and two losses were a satisfactory way to start 2020. “We don’t have many [wrestlers] and we do have a couple of injuries…injuries are hurting us a little, but at least we tied this one,” Wells said.
The wrestling team attended the Battle of the Pound on Friday, Jan. 10 and Saturday, Jan. 11, at Gunnison High School and 19 schools from Utah participated in the tournament.
Landon Moralez and Jeremiah Perman represented the varsity squad for Grand County. Oscar Martinez, Jayden Stocks, Trenton Nelson, Blane Thompson, Jeffrey Davis, Jacob Kelley and Jaymmin Hester wrestled in the JV division.
Moralez, in the 106-pound class, was top varsity Red Devil with 20 team points and a fifth-place finish with a 5-4 record. He beat wrestlers from Panguitch, South Sevier, Wayne, Manti and Piute.
Hester took first place with a 5-0 record in the JV 285-pound section. Kelley was third in JV 285 division with two wins, one forfeit and two losses. Hester and Kelley wrestled each other and Hester came out on top in that contest.
Thompson locked up first place in the 182-pound weight class with five wins, one loss and a bye. Nelson took fourth place in the JV 160-pound class with four wins, one forfeit and four losses.
The Grand County wrestling team is scheduled to attend the Carbon Invite in Price on Thursday, Jan 16.