High school wrestling: 3 undefeated prep wrestlers end their seasons with 1 more win
Photo courtesy Jeff Newby
DRAPER — Dusty Hone, Kimball Bastian and Roy Nash had different ideas about the 2014 super state wrestling tournament at Corner Canyon High on Saturday afternoon.
All three athletes had just concluded their high school wrestling seasons with an individual state championship and — just as importantly — had finished the year undefeated.
They could have taken that fact to every high school reunion for the rest of their lives, but they chose to put their unblemished records on the line one more time in an invitational meet meant to attract the best wrestlers across all classifications.
On Saturday, 87 wrestlers from throughout Utah came together for the one-day event in 14 weight classes.
Hone, Bastian and Nash each won their weight classifications. Bastian ended the year with a 59-0 record following a tough 5-3 decision over Dalton Harmon of Juab. Bastian joined Maple Mountain teammate Tanner Cox in claiming individual titles. Layton led with four (Tanner Benedict, Andrew Astle, Colton Marshall and Landon Brown).
“I don’t think these kids had anything else to prove. They just wanted to compete,” said Maple Mountain coach Justin Judkins, who also admitted this event produced a lot less stress than the previous week's state meet. “Those undefeated kids want to go out and do it the right way."
Hone of Cedar City ended a 59-0 season with a 3-2 decision over Maple Mountain’s Taylor LaMont. Hone, who has accepted a wrestling scholarship at Oklahoma State University, said he always intended to attend this event. His 3A high school crown at 132 pounds was just another in a long list of competitions that may not end for a while.
“Next, I go to nationals (at Virginia Beach, Va. next month),” Hone said. “I got what I wanted; I wanted to win and I wanted to go up against him (LaMont). I’ve faced him before and he’s always tough.”
Nash of Taylorsville concluded a 43-0 season with a pair of pins at 220 pounds. The final one came in the second round against Aspen Naylor of Syracuse.
Bastian, at 170 pounds, finished the day by holding off Harmon.
“I couldn’t wrestle in this last year because I had gotten hurt,” said Bastian, who has accepted a scholarship to compete at Utah Valley University. “I kind of wanted to be done last week, but then I thought I should finish strong.”
He did, and may have also been motivated by his Maple Mountain teammate, Brooks Robinson, who shook off a pair of potential head injuries in a match a few minutes earlier against Layton’s Colton Marshall. Robinson trailed for much of the 152-pound match but rallied in the final seconds to force overtime. He seemed to have much of the crowd on his side before Marshall got a two-point takedown in the extra session.
2014 super state tournament
At Corner Canyon High
106 — Tanner Benedict, Layton
113 — Tanner Cox, Maple Mountain
120 — Jayden Pentz, Morgan
126 — Andrew Astle, Layton
132 — Dusty Hone, Cedar City
138 — Matt Findlay, Alta
145 — Jacob Naylor, Davis
152 — Colton Marshall, Layton
160 — Jacob Armstrong, Salem Hills
170 — Kimball Bastian, Maple Mountain
182 — Wyatt Koelling, Davis
195 — Landon Brown, Layton
220 — Roy Nash, Taylorsville
285 — Brackin Stringam, Lehi
Bruce Smith grew up in Boise, Idaho, and is a longtime newspaper sports writer. He writes primarily high-school sports articles for the Deseret News.