SPRINGVILLE — Six down, one to go.
Maple Mountain's wrestling team created seven goals for itself entering the season, and it checked No. 6 off that list Saturday night by claiming the Region 8 championship at Springville High School.
The final goal on that list is a 4A state championship, and the Golden Eagles will be right in the hunt with Box Elder and Mountain Crest when the state meet gets under way in two weeks.
"I'm really excited 'cause the kids have worked really hard to perform the way that they did this weekend. Our goal from the beginning was to peak at the right time, and I really think we're taking the right steps to do that," said Maple Mountain coach Justin Judkins.
The Region 8 title was never in question for Maple Mountain, which racked up 524.5 points, easily eclipsing second-place Salem Hills (284.5) and third-place Mountain View (224.5).
Maple Mountain finished with nine individual titles and qualified 25 wrestlers to the state championship meet. It was one more than coach Judkins hoped for.
Maple Mountain had 13 wrestlers advance to Saturday's championship round, which included head-to-head title matches at 120, 126 and 160 pounds. In two of the three, the Golden Eagles' junior varsity wrestler beat the varsity wrestler.
Clayton Dean upset Trent Kelly with a second-period pin at 120 pounds, while Logan Kinross edged Josh Searle with a 7-6 decision at 160 pounds.
Maple Mountain's two defending state champions, Britain Carter and Grant LaMont, took care of business in very easy fashion. Carter beat Provo's Braden Griffin 16-0 at 113 pounds while LaMont beat Springville's Josh Campbell 20-1 at 138 pounds.
"I just take it as a step in the right direction so I can go into state and be seeded well, so that I can take state 'cause that's my ultimate goal," said Carter.
Maple Mountain's other five region champions were Marshall Curtis at 106 pounds, Austin Rowley at 126 pounds, Jesse Carlisle at 145 pounds, Kimball Bastian at 152 pounds and Jordan Argyle at 170 pounds.
"It's awesome that we have such a stacked team, and we have the ability and the talent to be able to take state possible. I'm just hoping all goes well and we take state as a team, too," said Carter.
Maple Mountain's only loss in the finals was at 132 pounds. In arguably the best match of the night, Provo freshman Brayden Hinckley overcame a four-point, third-period deficit to fellow freshman Cameron Killian en route to the 10-8 overtime triumph.
Hinckley tied the match with a takedown with 50 seconds left in the third period, and successfully kept Killian down on the mat for the remainder of the period. Killian seemed exhausted in the overtime, as Hinckley took him down rather quickly.
Killian's runner-up finish at 132 pounds was a bright spot at a weight that began very disappointingly when Landon Knutzen failed to make weight by 0.2 pounds.
"We had kids wrestle hurt, and they wrestled through it and they won matches when they needed to. I was really satisfied with the way the kids performed," said Judkins.
After Maple Mountain dominated the proceedings in the first 10 matches, the final four matches belonged to the rest of the region.
Jonny Britt gave host Springville, which finished sixth overall, something to cheer about at 182 pounds as he edged Orem's Kaleb Egbert 5-3 in overtime. Britt got a reversal with 25 seconds left in the third period to take a 3-2 lead, but Egbert tied it with an escape with eight seconds remaining.
Britt got the takedown in overtime to claim the region championship.
At 195 pounds, Orem's Austin Snow beat Mountain View's Colton Cavalli 10-8. At 220 pounds, Mountain View's Micah Ngatuvai returned the favor by rolling past Orem's Connor Ah Sue 10-1.
In the nightcap, Salem Hills' Derek Mangelson improved his record to 41-3 by beating Mountain View's Felipe Fifita 3-0 for the 285-pound title.
Region 8 Wrestling Championships
At Springville High School
1. Maple Mountain, 524.5; 2. Salem Hills, 284.5; 3. Mountain View, 224.5; 4. Orem, 176; 5. Provo, 133.5; 6. Springville, 124; 7. Timpanogos, 52; 8. Timpview, 19.5.
106 — 1. Marshall Curtis, Maple Mountain; 2. Talon Rasmussen, Salem Halls; 3. Porter Willis, Orem; 4. Gavin Cavalli, Mountain View; 5. Dallin Goold, Salem Hills.
113 — 1. Britain Carter, Maple Mountain; 2. Braden Griffin, Provo; 3. Zack Harris, Maple Mountain; 4. Nathan Sandage, Salem Hills. 5. David Enciso, Timpanogos.
120 — 1. Clayton Dean, Maple Mountain; 2. Trent Kelly, Maple Mountain; 3. Sam Rohbock, Salem Hills; 4. Jerimiah Evans, Orem; 5. Nathan Mella, Orem.
126 — 1. Austin Rowley, Maple Mountain; 2. Brooks Robinson, Maple Mountain; 3. Trevor Kinross, Springville; 4. Austin Nichols, Mountain View; 5. David Otterson, Timpanogos.
132 — 1. Brayden Hinckley, Provo; 2. Cameron Killian, Maple Mountain; 3. Braiden Wilson, Salem Hills; Cameron Robins, Orem; 5. Jade Duarte, Provo.
138 — 1. Grant LaMont, Maple Mountain; 2. Josh Campbell, Springville; 3. Mitch Kay, Maple Mountain; 4. Jacob Armstrong, Salem Hills; 5. Spencer Davis, Salem Hills.
145 — 1. Jesse Carlisle, Maple Mountain; 2. Craig Findlay, Salem Hills; 3. Jesse Crosset, Mountain View; 4. Walker VanTassell, Salem Hills; 5. Weston Taylor, Maple Mountain.
152 — 1. Kimball Bastian, Maple Mountain; 2. Taylor Thorpe, Salem Hills; 3. Danny Shepherd, Provo; 4. Kieffer Taylor, Maple Mountain; 5. Chad Weight, Salem Hills.
160 — 1. Logan Kinross, Maple Mountain; 2. Josh Searle, Maple Mountain; 3. Mitch Steele, Orem; 4. Nathan Peck, Salem Hills; 5. Scott Stokes, Mountain View.
170 — 1. Jordan Argyle, Maple Mountain; 2. Ryder Wright, Mountain View; 3. James Biesinger, Maple Mountain; 4. Shad Cook, Provo; 5. Derek Sorensen, Salem Hills.
182 — 1. Jonny Britt, Springville; 2. Kaleb Egbert, Orem; 3. Mitchell Wilson, Maple Mountain; 4. Mason Prestwich, Timpanogos; 5. Paul Harmon, Maple Mountain.
195 — 1. Austin Snow, Orem; 2. Colton Cavalli, Mountain View; 3. Aaron Brown, Springville; 4. Ammon Stone, Maple Mountain; 5. Travis Mathew, Maple Mountain.
220 — 1. Micah Ngatuvai, Mountain View; 2. Connor Ah Sue, Orem; 3. Steven Gueck, Springville; 4. Jason Busselberg, Maple Mountain; 5. Alex Castaneda, Maple Mountain.
285 — 1. Derek Mangelson, Salem Hills; 2. Filipe Fifita, Mountain View; 3. Zach Rittenhouse, Provo; 4. Michael Nixon, Maple Mountain; 5. Rayan Edward, Mountain View.