Cedar City's Dusty Hone, Maple Mountain's Kimball Bastian and Taylorsville's Roy Nash capped off their undefeated senior seasons by winning Super State wrestling titles Saturday at the second annual Utah High School Super State Championships at Corner Canyon High School. Meanwhile, Alta's Matt Findlay also nailed down a Super State title. Hone and Findlay were name outstanding wrestlers.
Hone (57-0), a four-time 3A state champion, once again turned back nationally ranked sophomore and two-time 4A state champ Taylor Lamont (53-6) with a hard-earned 3-1 victory at 132 pounds.
Findlay (36-2), at 138 pounds, won his fourth 5A state championship last weekend and closed out his high school career with a dominating 17-2 tech fall victory over Corner Canyon junior Greg Lamb (49-6). Hone earned his second Super State title, having defeated Findlay last year in a memorable 7-6-championship match in the inaugural Super State.
Kimball Bastian (59-0), a two-time 4A state champion from Maple Mountain and the nation's top-ranked wrestler in the country at 220 pounds, and Roy Nash (41-0) of Taylorsville both won Super State titles and like Hone finished their seasons undefeated.
Bastian lived up to his No. 10 national ranking by Flowrestling by winning the tournament’s toughest weight class at 170 with a 5-3 victory in the final over Dalton Harmon (52-5), a 3A state champion from Juab. Also featured in this weight were the 3A runner-up Kaden Campbell of Union and the third-place finisher in 4A, Tosh Wilcox of Olympus.
For Nash, it was his second Super State title as the Warrior grappler defeated senior Aspen Naylor (43-8) of Syracuse in a rematch of last weekend’s 5A 220-pound final.
Joining Nash with their second straight Super State titles were two-time 5A champion Andrew Astle (39-4) of Layton at 126 and Jacob Armstrong (57-3) at 160, a two-time 4A champion junior at Salem Hills. Astle also had a rematch from his 5A final last weekend as he again defeated American Fork junior Jackson Wilson (51-9) in the championship match 5-1.
Another showdown of classification state champions came at 182 pounds, where sophomore Wyatt Koelling (45-2) of Davis defeated two-time 2A champion Dylan Brown (10-1), a senior at Manti. Koeling is just a sophomore and placed second in the Super State tournament last year as a freshman.
Region 1 power Layton finished with four champions, including Astle, freshman Tanner Benedict (41-13) at 106, 5A state champion Colton Marshall (33-5) at 152 and Landon Brown (38-6) at 195.
In the best match of the finals, Marshall energized the crowd at Corner Canyon High School with a come-from-behind 7-5 sudden-victory overtime win against Maple Mountain senior Brooks Robinson (58-9), a third-place finisher last weekend in 4A.
A total of 38 Utah high schools earned top-six place winners, up from 36 in the inaugural tournament in 2013.
2014 championship match results
106 — Tanner Benedict (Fr/Layton) over Raynger Keckler (Fr/Logan) — Dec 6-4
113 — Tanner Cox (So/Maple Mtn) over Brock George (Sr/Syracuse) — Dec 6-2
120 — Jayden Pentz (Jr/Morgan) over Kyle Evans (So/Beaver) — Dec 8-2
126— Andrew Astle (Sr/Layton) over Jackson Wilson (Jr/American Fork) — Dec 5-1
132 — Dusty Hone (Sr/Cedar City) over Taylor Lamont (So/Maple Mtn) — Dec 3-2
138 — Matt Findlay (Sr/Alta) over Greg Lamb (Jr/Corner Canyon) — TF 17-2
145 — Jacob Naylor (Sr/Davis) over Ben Bolingbroke (So/Clearfield) — Dec 2-1
152 — Colton Marshall (Sr/Layton) over Brooks Robinson (Sr/Maple Mtn) — SV 7-5 (OT)
160 — Jacob Armstrong (Jr/Salem Hills) over Bailey Carlson (Sr/Pleasant Grove) — Dec 8-1
170 — Kimball Bastian (Sr/Maple Mtn) over Dalton Harmon (Sr/Juab) — Dec 5-3
182 — Wyatt Koelling (So/Davis) over Dylan Brown (Sr/Manti) — Dec 7-21 comment on this story
195— Landon Brown (Sr/Layton) over Brayden Nuffer (Sr/Taylorsville) — Dec 9-3
220 — Roy Nash (Sr/Taylorsville) over Aspen Naylor (Sr/Syracuse) — Dec 5-2
285 — Brackin Stringam (Jr/Lehi) over Dalton Mortensen (Jr/Granger) — Pin 3:16
All match results and brackets can be found at trackwrestling.com.
Brian Preece is a freelance prep sports writer and former head coach at Provo High School from 1994-2006. Contributing to this story was Jeff Newby of USA Wrestling Utah.