The Utah Valley University wrestling team crowned three individual champions and eight placewinners in all on Saturday at the 11th annual UVU Open.
Senior Jarod Maynes (133 pounds), sophomore Chase Call (141) and junior Will Sumner (184) led the way by winning their respective weight class, while fellow Wolverines Josh Jensen (125), Dante Springsteen (174, unattached), Ashton Seely (197, unattached) and Benjamin Andrew (285) each placed second and unattached freshman Dre-Son Scruggs (149) took third.
"It was a good tournament for our guys. It is a great chance for our younger guys to come out and wrestle," head UVU coach Greg Williams said. "It was also a good opportunity for us, as coaches, to get to see our redshirts compete and see what we can do to help them progress. Overall, I was impressed with how some of our wrestlers competed today, as well as how much some of our redshirts have improved."
The senior Maynes went a perfect 4-0 in his weight class en route to winning the 2018 UVU Open. He recorded three bonus-point wins, with a 17-4 major decision over Western Wyoming's Kedric Coonis, a second-period fall over Cody Fatzinger (unattached) and a 16-1 technical fall over Western Wyoming's Ricky Navarrete in the title contest.
With just two wrestlers in his weight class, Call won the best two-out-of-three bracket to claim the 141-pound title. The Wolverine sophomore recorded a pair of falls over Alex Colpo (unattached) en route to going 2-0 on the day.
Sumner claimed his UVU Open title by going an unblemished 3-0 at 184 pounds. The Wolverine junior picked up all three of his wins by bonus points, as he defeated BYU's Murat Molodgalii (15-0) and Colorado Mesa's Nolan Krone (16-0) by technical fall (15-0), as well as Wyoming's Carless Looney by fall (6:41) in the championship bout.
Jensen, Springsteen, Seely and Andrew too reached the finals, and all ended up finishing second in their respective weight divisions. Jensen and Andrew each wrestled their way to a 3-1 day, while Springsteen and Seely each went 2-1.
The unattached freshman Scruggs had a strong showing by placing third at 149 pounds. Scruggs went an impressive 5-1 on the day with three falls and one technical fall. He also picked up a 14-9 victory over teammate Grant LaMont in the consolation semifinals.
Five other wrestlers competed for the Wolverines at the Open, and unattached grapplers Spencer Heywood (157) and Koy Wilkinson (165) led the way by each going 3-2. Sophomore 149-pounder Grant LaMont went 2-2, while Max Sultan (149) and Jakob Discher (165, unattached) both finished with 0-2 showings.
The Wolverines will now return to dual action on the road next weekend when they head to California for a pair of matches. UVU will start the trip with a Big 12 Conference contest on Jan. 19, at Fresno State, before capping the trip at Pac-12 foe CSU Bakersfield on Jan. 20. Following the trip, Utah Valley will then return home to host the Oklahoma Sooners on Feb. 2.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit GoUVU.com.