PROVO — With Skyridge leading 30-26, Provo surged in the final three matches of the dual meet to beat the Falcons 43-30 in prep wrestling Thursday night.
Tim Giles started the Provo comeback at 138 pounds as he won by technical fall over Reese Castagno 18-1. Schafer Heiner (145 pounds) clinched the victory for the Bulldogs with a first-round pin then Russell Torgersen put the icing on the cake with a pin of his own in the meet's last bout at 152 pounds.
Torgersen was actually trailing Skyridge's Bryce Collins 6-1 before pulling with two points with an escape and takedown. Then things got real wild as Collins earned a reversal and appeared to be heading for near fall points when Torgersen rolled through the pinning combination and caught Collins on his back to earn the fall.
Provo also got a big win at 285 pounds when freshman James Tomasi outpointed Corbin Hampton 8-6. The match went back and forth and in the final seconds Hampton was ahead 6-5 but Tomasi got an escape and a takedown with just one second remaing to give Provo a big win.
The bouts started at 160 pounds and Saul Rojas of Provo earned a pin followed by a 10-4 win by the Bulldog's Ben Badonie (170) over Trace Muse of Skyridge.
But the Falcons struck back with a pin by Caden Cole (182). Provo's Ramon Ortiz responded with a pin of his own at 195 pounds and Provo led 15-6. But Skyridge rose up with a pin by Benjamin Read (220).
Tomasi's win gave Provo an 18-12 lead but that was shortlived as the meet turned the corner to the lightweights.
Skyridge won the next two bouts by pin with Jayden Adamson (106) and Hadley Cowan (113) to surge ahead 24-18.
But in a key battle between two returning state qualifiers Provo's Peyton Griffin (120) brought home a major decision 9-1 over Skyridge's Colby Eastmond. This brought Provo with two points at 24-22.
Provo's Alex Gordon (126) put Provo ahead 26-24 with a win by major decison pounds but Skyridge then went back on top 30-26 when Cameron Shenk earned a pin at 132 pounds. However, this just set up the final heroics by Giles, Heiner and Torgersen to give Provo its first win in the Region 7 grappling wars.
Provo is now 1-2 overall in dual meets and 1-0 in league while Skyridge fell to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in Region 7.
Brian Preece is a freelance sports writer. Preece was also the head coach at Provo High School from 1994-2006 and was the Utah Coach of the Year for the National Wrestling Coaches Association.