OREM — Mountain View's wrestling team has a pair of wrestlers with the same first name — Micah. They're leading the way for the talented Bruins.
Micah Gill (182 pounds) and Micah Ngatuvai (285 pounds) are ranked first in the state in their respective weight divisions, and they'll attempt to lead Montain View to postseason glory, starting this weekend with the Region 7 tournament at Orem High School.
The top four wrestlers in each weight class will win the right to compete at the state tournament, which will be held Feb. 13-15 at the Maverik Center in West Valley City.
The Bruins went 6-0 in their league duals and were not seriously challenged. Mountain View has a deep and talented squad and hopes to compete for a top five finish at state. It finished fourth in the state tournament last year, which was its best finish in more than a decade when the Bruins were second in the 2001 5A state tournament.
Besides Gill and Ngatuvai, Mountain View's top wrestlers include Julio Ortiz (113), Gavin Cavalli (120), Scott Stokes (160), Josh Roberts (170) and Chase Kindrick (195).
The real team battle might be for second, though it is likely Olympus (5-1 in duals) will finish there. Lucas Ericksen (126) is a top Titan wrestler, ranked No. 2 in the state. Tosh Wilcox (170) is ranked No. 3 in his division.
Murray, Orem, Corner Canyon and Skyline all have realistic chances to finish at least third.
One of the better weight classes will be at 138 pounds. The top-seeded wrestler in the weight will be Corner Canyon's Greg Lamb, who wrestled for Alta last year and placed third in state. His teammate, Zane Rasmussen, is also a top competitor. Also throwing their hats in the ring as top challengers are Orem's Nate Mella and Olympus' Porter Treanor, two past state qualifiers.
The 170-pound division looks like another weight to watch with Roberts (Mountain View), Wilcox (Olympus) and Timpanogos' Ben Smith, ranked No. 4 in the state.
At 120 pounds, Mountain View's Cavalli will have to battle with Murray's Cody Lightfoot, ranked No. 5, and Orem's Porter Willis, ranked No. 6.
Though Skyline struggled in dual competition, the Eagles have Brock Goldstrohm (113) and Jordan Crofts (195), who should battle to get on top of the podium.
Wrestling will commence at 2 p.m. Friday at Orem High School and will continue Saturday.
Brian Preece is a freelance sports writer and was the head coach at Provo High School from 1994-2006.