RICHFIELD — It looks like everything is going according to plan for Monticello during the 1A state wrestling tournament at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
After the first day of the tournament, Monticello is holding a commanding lead with 194 points. The closest competition is Wayne at 100, followed by Piute at 69 and Milford at 68.5.
The plan for this weekend’s tournament was simple for the Buckaroos.
“We need to win some matches,” said Kent Adair, Monticello’s head coach.
Win matches they did.
In all, 12 Buckaroos are headed to the finals Saturday. In total, Monticello wrestlers beat more than 20 people by fall Friday.
“It’s going the way we hoped it would,” Adair said. He said the previous week’s performance during the divisional matches put Monticello in a good position.
Adair has been the head coach of the Buckaroos since 1999, and has been involved with coaching wrestling since 1976 — so there’s not much he hasn’t seen on the mats.
Leading the way for the Buckaroos this year is Zac Musselman (145). Adair said he expects to see Muscleman pick up his fourth individual state wrestling title this year.
So far Musselman isn’t disappointing as he pinned both Water Canyon’s Sophia Denman and teammate Wyatt Fullmer Friday.
Brayson Wilcox (160) has also been a massive mover and shaker for the Buckaroos this year.
“He beat two two-time state champs at the (Rockwell) Rumble,” Adair said.
Wilcox is also living up to expectations, beating Piute’s Bryan Hurtado and Stetson Brindley both by technical fall to claim his ticket to the finals.
Brevin Olson (113) picked up a pair of pins for Monticello on his way to the finals tomorrow, as did Zach Cecil (132), Kayden Draper (138), Justin Cecil (182) and Gage Wilcox (195).
While it seems there may be little left for the other 1A teams to go after Saturday, Piute still has three guys who are guaranteed a first or second place spot on the podium with Jax Westwood (106), Reese Fautin (145) and Shad Julander (220).
Wayne is looking to at least maintain or improve its third-place standing during the finals with Trevor Barlow (120) Wade Jeffery (126), Barlow Pace (160) and Daniel Ayala (285) all heading into the championship bouts.
Milford’s Karson Wunderlich (113), Bryson Barnes (170) and Trae Williamson (220) are hoping to score big points for the Tigers in the finals as well.
Class 1A Championships
At Sevier Valley Center
1. Monticello, 194; 2. Wayne, 100; 3. Piute, 69; 4. Milford, 68.5; 5. Panguitch, 58; 6. Rich, 32; 7. Whitehorse, 21; 8. Bryce Valley, 18.
106 — Jax Westwood, Piute vs. Porter Schoppe, Panguitch
113 — Brevin Olson, Monticello vs. Karson Wunderlich, Milford
120 — Matt Beh, Monticello vs. Trevor Barlow, Wayne
126 — Mark Beh, Monticello vs. Wade Jeffery, Wayne
132 — Zach Cecil, Monticello vs. Steven Robinson, Monticello
138 — Kayden Draper, Monticello vs. Zackary Julander, Panguitch
145 — Zac Musselman, Monticello vs. Reese Fautin, Piute
152 — Barlow Pace, Wayne vs. Tyler Draper, Monticello
160 — Brayson Wilcox, Monticello vs. Luke Dahl, Wayne
170 — Thomas Anderson, Monticello vs. Bryson Barnes, Milford
182 — Justin Cecil, Monticello vs. Marquez Hathale, Whitehorse
195 — Gage Wilcox, Monticello vs. Wyatt Weston, Rich
220 — Shad Julander, Piute vs. Trae Williamson, Milford
285 — Daniel Ayala, Wayne vs. Brandon Jones, Bryce Valley