High school wrestling: Mountain Crest Mustangs stamped their way to Region 5 championship
ROY — There was a Mustang stampede in the Region 5 wrestling tournament Thursday night, and these thoroughbreds of the mats galloped all the way to the league championship.
Mountain Crest High wrestlers claimed three individual crowns and took second place in eight other weight divisions to capture the region title at Roy High.
The Mustangs, who qualified 19 wrestlers in all for next week's 4A state championship meet, piled up 408.5 points to power their way past perennial league champion Box Elder, which wound up second with 344.5.
Logan was third with 198 points; Roy finished fourth with 155.5; and Sky View was fifth with 121.5, followed by Ogden (32) and Bonneville (4).
Mountain Crest got individual titles from Karther Knight at 113 pounds, Trevor Lowe at 120 and Mason Kendrick at 145, while the Mustangs' second-place finishers included Riley "Bo" Labrum (106 pounds), Jaden Mayers (126), Mitchell Egbert (138), Jordan Wengreen (152), TyRell Fredrickson (160), Tyrone Grantham (182), Andrew Anderson (220) and Jacob Fiefia (285).
With eight other wrestlers taking third place in their respective weight classes, Mountain Crest managed to hold off a strong challenge by Box Elder, which claimed five individual crowns, and Logan, which won four titles of its own.
"It's great," Mountain Crest coach Guy Burdett said of his team's region title. "We want to get ready for state next week; I mean, that's what really matters.
"All year we've won as a team. ... It's evident; we bring 28 kids here, and 26 kids place in the top six, and that's a pretty amazing statistic. And the 19 that are gonna go to state all placed in the top three, so that one round we won every match.
"It was a little discouraging in the finals, because we had 11 in the finals and only three champions," he said."But we only were favored to win in five of those and we had one injury out of that group."
Kendrick, the 145-pound champion, survived a tough 3-1 battle with Roy's Tyson Stander to capture his third region title in four years. Kendrick, a senior who improved his season record to 41-6, also won league titles as a freshman and sophomore before losing in the Region 5 finals last year as a junior.
His first-period takedown proved to be the difference in Thursday's title match.
"I took (Stander) down early in the match and I rode him out," Kendrick said. "I was trying to work for that tilt, but he was staying strong but I rode him out and he finally escaped. And then we just battled it out on our feet. It was tough.
"He's a good kid; there's no doubt about it. Just to win that match just makes me really happy, especially to beat one of those kinds of kids, because he's a good kid."
Lowe, the league's 120-pound champion, is Kendrick's cousin — "It's always nice having two family members win," Kendrick said — and taking home the league's team title was a nice accomplishment after the Mustangs finished second last year.
"That makes me feel good," Kendrick said. "It shows that we came here to wrestle; I mean, we took care of business, and now we have to work hard for one more week and then hopefully win the state tournament. That's what we're shooting for. I think it's gonna be close and could go either way."
Lowe, a junior, took his title in dominant fashion, winning by technical fall over Box Elder's Dylan Thompson, 17-2, to run his season record to 39-7. Knight, a sophomore, notched a first-period pin over Box Elder's Chance Hardy, winning in 1:40 to improve his own season mark to 35-9.