PROVO — North Sevier was 3-for-3 in its matches at the Wrestling Against Cancer Duals hosted by Provo High School Tuesday night.
North Sevier defeated Utah County schools Westlake, Provo and Skyridge in that order.
The Wolves dominated Provo 55-20, but against Westlake and Skyridge, North Sevier trailed before its upper-weight wrestlers put the hammer down.
Against Westlake, the score was 30-19 in favor of the Thunder before North Sevier won the last four bouts, three by pin with one forfeit.
Tate Peterson (182 pounds), Mac Peterson (195) and Tanner Sorensen (220) won by pin, and Dayton Reed won at forfeit at 285 pounds. This gave the Wolves a 43-30 win.
These four grapplers did get support from Braden Johnson (120), Gage Mason (132), Shawn Sorensen (145) and Walker Burr (152), who were all victorious.
Against Provo, North Sevier won 10 of 14 bouts as Brendon Maxwell (113), Braden Johnson (120), Dahlance Smith (126), Kyler Johnson (132) Mason (138), Shawn Sorensen (145), Tate Johnson (182), Peterson (195), Tanner Sorensen (220) and Reed (285) all won.
In North Sevier's dual against Skyridge to close out the night, there was a little bit of drama. The last match of the night was at 113 pounds, and Skyridge's Jayden Adamson won by major decision 13-4 over Maxwell, apparently tying the team score at 37-37. However, there was an error in a result of the match, making a little bit of confusion where in reality North Sevier had 43 points and the win by Adamson merely made the score 43-31.
Fans from both schools and the meet officials thought the score was tied and went to the criteria chart to see who the winner would be and at first it announced that North Sevier was indeed the victor. However, North Sevier head coach Barry Smith knew all along that his team had the victory and there was an error in the bout at 182 pounds.
"It was OK that they just announced us as the winner when everyone thought the score was tied," said Smith.
The North Sevier head coach was complimentary of the effort put forth by the Falcons and felt a little bit bad for the Skyridge fans when the corrected score was announced. But for individual records, the Wolf coach wanted to make sure his wrestler was correctly credited with the victory.
Braden Johnson (120), Mason (138), Shawn Sorensen (145), Gabe Wilcox (160), Tate Johnson (182), Peterson (195), Tanner Sorensen (220) and Reed (285) were Wolf victors.
Besides the win by Adamson, Lance Roberts (106), Hadley Cowan (126), Colby Eastmond (132), James Hornberger (152) and Trace Muse (170) all won for Skyridge.
Corner Canyon 42, Westlake 28: In a match between top-10 5A programs, No. 8 ranked Corner Canyon got the better of it against No. 5 ranked Timpanogos.
Timpanogos' Grant Knudsen (106) got the Timberwolves on the board first with a victory by decision. But the Chargers quickly countered as Christian Wood (113), Mattias Osthed (120) and Corbin Bush (126) all won their matches, staking Corner Canyon to a 15-3 lead.
Timpanogos pulled closer as Jordan Otterson (126) secured a major decision, making the score 15-7 for the Chargers.
Michael Henry (138) and Jensen Barnes (145) both won by pin for Corner Canyon to extend the Charger lead to 27-7.
Holland Knudsen (152) got a win by pin for Timpanogos, but Corner Canyon's Brad Findlay (160) and Dodge Andersen (170) secured pins to give the Chargers firm control at 39-13.
Alex Eidem (182) for Timpanogos won by pin and Nick Ware (195) secured a decision victory for the Timberwolves to make it 36-22, but that was as close as the Timberwolves would get.
The two teams exchanged pins with Kade Carlson (220) and Kaden Breitzing (285) for Corner Canyon and Timpanogos respectively to make the final tally 42-28.
West 57, American Leadership Academy (ALA) 22: ALA's Sage Mortimer (106), one of the top female wrestlers in the state, got ALA's first win on the mat in over two seasons as the school had dropped the program. Three matches later her older brother Quenton (126) also won by pin. Quenton Mortimer wrestled for Maple Mountain last year, placing second in state, but transferred to the charter school while his younger sister Sage is a freshman.
Despite the efforts of the Mortimer siblings, West dominated the action, winning 10 of 14 bouts.
Jensen Coombs (113), Jayden Whitaker (120), Seth Cryer (132), Garrett Franklin (138), Felix Ortiz (145), Jack Lang (152), Ben Bartholomew (160), Jayden Johnson (182), Ian Eggleston (220) and Viliami Tukumocatu (285) were all victorious for the Panthers.
Layton 62, Mountain View 15: The 5A champs last year looked in top form as the Lancers dominated Mountain View.
Layton, ranked No. 2 in 6A, won 11 of 14 matches, and one of its losses was by injury default.
In one of the best matches that featured two two-time state placers, two-time state champion Terrell Barraclough of Layton outpointed Mountain View's Gabe Terry, a finalist from 2015, 7-4.
Layton also got wins by Aidan Harris (106), Reece Baclayon (113), James Castillo (120), Gage Howard (126), Hunter Chariton (138), Canyon Brann (152), Alec Bolingbroke (160), Jacob Semadeni (170), Jesse Ross (182), Cole Faust (195) and Jon Hunt (220).
In other matches, Skyridge defeated Westlake 50-15 while Timpview and Provo battled to a 36-36 draw on the scoreboard in which the Thunderbirds were declared the winner through criteria, winning seven matches to six for the Bulldogs.
Besides the wrestling action, the event is tied to a charitable cause. The Provo High wrestling program donated $500 to one of its former wrestlers, Zach Rittenhouse, who battled cancer for over two years before being declared cancer free this past summer. Rittenhouse still faces some medical expenses.
Complete match results can be found at www.trackwrestling.com.
Brian Preece is a freelance sportswriter. He was also the head wrestling coach for Provo High School from 1994-2006, and in 2006 Preece was named Utah Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.