SMITHFIELD Shortly before Mountain Crest wrestler Ethen Lofthouse began his Region 5 championship match against Box Elder's Jaron Jenson on Thursday night, one of his buddies yelled from the crowd, "It's all over."
Kyle Andersen, Lofthouse's teammate on the Mustangs' football team, was right.
It took Lofthouse just 64 seconds to pin Jenson and claim his third consecutive region championship. The Mustangs, as a team, won their third straight region title, besting Box Elder by 38 points.
The team competition was already decided by the time Lofthouse's 160-pound title match began. He made quick work of Jenson, and that's no knock on the Box Elder wrestler, as Lofthouse is one of the nation's best.
There wasn't much doubt in anyone's mind that Lofthouse was going to be victorious. Just ask Andersen.
"I don't want to say I'm used to it, but they're usually chanting stuff like that," Lofthouse said. "I just had to go out and pin him, I guess."
Lofthouse was one of five individual Mountain Crest champions, joining Zabinadi Smethurst (103 pounds), Raider Lofthouse (112), Jake Morrill (130), Justin Kohler (135).
Box Elder also had five individual champions in Jed Shannon (119), Jesse Caldwell (140), Kolby Williamson (152), Gavin Johnson (171) and Kyler Smoot (275). The difference in the meet was the Mustangs' depth, as a handful of Mountain Crest's junior varsity wrestlers avenged losses to Box Elder wrestlers in a dual meet last week. Wrestlers such as Colby Hamilton, Sam Harmon and Brennan Archibald played as big of a role in the Mustangs' region championship win as Lofthouse.
"It came down to those thirds, fourths and fifths and we were able to edge them out," said Mountain Crest coach Davey Swensen. "The guys doing the work in the consolation rounds, those are where championships are won. It's sweet."
Swensen said he expected a much closer meet, one in which the top two spots would be separated by less than 10 points.
Ethen Lofthouse was named the meet's outstanding wrestler in the upper weights.
Wyatt Ray, at 125 pounds, led upstart Roy to an impressive third-place finish. Ray was named the meet's outstanding wrestler in the lower weights after he edged Mountain Crest's Jarret Morrill 3-2 in a grueling match.
The Royals also had individual champions crowned in Lance Sakurada (145), J.D. Degroot (189) and Dustin Goza (215). Sakurada and Degroot both won their title matches in overtime. Sakurada saw an 8-1 advantage over Box Elder's Jordan Anderson disappear when Anderson tied the match. Sakurada, however, prevailed with a takedown in overtime.
"Man, they had a good tournament," Swensen said. "If you would have seen Roy four or five years ago ... they've come a long way."The longest match of the night was the final one. Heavyweights Smoot and Sky View's Wes Elder went into three overtime sessions before Smoot prevailed, 4-3.
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