It came down to the last match and overtime to boot in the state 4A prep wrestling tournament and when it was all over, there was a two-team tie for first place for the first time in Utah history.
Final score: Layton 117; Pleasant Grove 117.Things were not quite so hectic in the 3A division where Uintah nabbed four individual titles en route to a second straight team crown to easily outpace runner-up Mountain Crest, 174.5 to 154.
Layton's championship hopes fell on the massive shoulders of heavyweight Ryan Medina in the night's final match. Medina, a senior, found himself facing Cottonwood sophomore sensation Brian Gertino.
The first period found the two tied at 0-0 before Gertino managed an escape in the second period to take a 1-0 lead. Medina matched Gertino in the third period and the bout went into overtime.
Medina made a dive at Gertino's legs in an attempt to put a quick end to the smaller opponent, but Gertino countered with a move to the right to spin behind Medina for a takedown and a 3-1 victory.
Ironically, it was Uintah that was nursing a narrow four-point lead going into Saturday's consolation and championship finals at Weber State University, while Layton was enjoying a comfortable 13-point margin.
In the consolation finals, Pleasant Grove narrowed Layton's lead to just four points, and when Layton managed only one title out of four chances, the door was opened for a Pleasant Grove run. The Vikings' Rangi Smart captured the 125-pound title on an 8-5 decision to go with a 7-6 decision by Brock Moore in the 152-pound class to tie the score. Pleasant Grove's Gary Sanderson, who went into the 140-pound championship with a 29-0 record, came up short on a 6-3 decision to Weber's Tucker Heap, however. Heap was named the 4A outstanding wrestler in the upper weight class following the tournament.
In what was probably the most exciting match of the night, Mountain Crest's Kirk Schroeder capped a perfect 30-0 season with a 5-4 come from behind decision over Dixie's Josh Suwyn. It was Schroeder's second title in two years.
Mountain Crest also got title performances from the Fiefia brothers, Water (heavyweight) and Vaea (171 pounds) but it wasn't enough to overcome the four Uintah titles.
For Uintah, juniors Jared Wallace (119 pounds) and Brandon Bowden (130) captured their second straight titles to go with first-time wins by sophomore Bobby Jenkins (135) and junior Corey Stubbs (145).
For the 4A, the outstanding wrestlers of the meet were Heap, the 140-pound champion,and Tom Hickenlooper from Taylorsville in the 119-pound class for the lower class. In the 3A, Walter Fiefia of Mountain Crest took upperclass heavyweight honors, and Scott Tonioli of Tooele was top 103-pound wrestler.