SPRINGVILLE On Senior Night, Red Devil wrestling superstar Jason Chamberlain put on a show as the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the country dominated Payson's McCade Ford 26-11.
The senior and returning three-time state champion executed 13 flawless takedowns and got a standing ovation from the home crowd.
Unfortunately for him and the rest of the Springville faithful, that was one of the few Red Devil highlights as the visiting Lions clawed to a resounding 48-20 victory over their Region 7 rivals.
Freshman Brady Loveless got the Lions going in the first match of the night at 160 pounds and earned a major decision over Bryan Beardall 11-3.
The Lions kept rolling as Hesston Parkin and Norman Adams both secured second-period pins at 171 and 189 pounds, respectively.
Add this to a forfeit victory at 215 pounds for Jordan Clements, and the Lions led 22-0 before the Red Devils got on the board with a pin at 285 pounds by Aaron Turley.
Springville picked up another pin at 103 pounds by Steve Brown to cut the Lion lead to 22-12, but Payson won the next two matches with Tito Ortiz and Brock Brown claiming pins and the Lions had the dual in hand.
Springville went into the dual without two of their better wrestlers. Freshman Austin Frazier will miss the rest of the season with a broken wrist and 135-pound returning state champion Hayden Petersen sprained his elbow at the Rocky Mountain Rumble the previous weekend and will miss action until the region meet in just over two weeks. Without these two wrestlers to break the Lion momentum, the Red Devils had little chance.
In one of the better matches of the night Payson's Colton Cannon decisioned Caleb Christen 9-7. Christen led 3-2 going into round two where he was then promptly turned by Cannon.
Leading 4-3, Cannon seemed in control, but as he tried a roll-through or "suicide" cradle, Christen caught him on his back for two points reversal and two points near fall before Cannon reversed Christen to regain control. The round ended 7-6 in favor of Christen.
However, Cannon earned an escape and a takedown with just over 40 seconds left to win the match.
"It was a tough match," said Cannon. "I had to work hard to set up a lot of things. He's a tough kid. When I went to my back I didn't panic."
The 145-pound division is setting up perhaps to be the premier weight class in Region 7 with Cannon, Christen and Mountain View's Clay Frost all returning state placers.
Other winners for Payson were Jeremiah Guzman at 130 pounds, Jace Harmon at 135 pounds and Taggart Miller at 152 pounds while senior wrestler Rick Wirsch, a transfer from Timpview High School as result of the school dropping the wrestling program, earned a 10-4 win for the Red Devils over Payson's Austin Riding.
103 Pounds--Steve Brown (SV) pinned Weston Orton (PA) 1:45.
112 Pounds--Tito Ortiz (PA) pinned Brett Johnson (SV) 3:20.
119 Pounds--Brock Brown (PA) pinned Tyson Hamilton (SV) 3:43.
125 Pounds--Rick Wirsch (SV) decisioned Austin Riding (PA) 10-4.
130 Pounds--Jeremiah Guzman (PA) major decisioned Neal Burdett (SV) 14-4
135 Pounds--Jace Harmon (PA) major decisioned Brennen Hyatt (SV) 12-0.
140 Pounds--Jason Chamberlain (SV) won by technical fall over McCade Ford (PA) 26-11.
145 Pounds--Colton Cannon (PA) decisioned Caleb Christen (SV) 9-7
152 Pounds--Taggart Miller (PA) decisioned Devin Bodily (SV) 9-3.
160 Pounds--Brady Loveless (PA) major decisioned Bryan Beardall (SV) 11-3.
171 Pounds--Hesston Parkin (PA) pinned Sebastian Lucio (SV) 2:55.
189 Pounds--Norman Adams (PA) pinned Cody Dennis (SV) 2:18.
215 Pounds--Jordan Clements (PA) won by forfeit.
285 Pounds--Aaron Turley (SV) pinned Kevin Garcia (PA) 3:00.
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