Five Utah Valley University wrestlers won titles and 13 in all earned podium finishes on Saturday at the 12th Annual UVU Open.
Freshmen Dylan Gregerson (133 pounds) and Cameron Haddock (149), redshirt sophomore Koy Wilkinson (165), as well as unattached freshmen Will Edelblute (125) and Jayden Woodruff (197), all won titles on the day for the Wolverines.
The freshman 133-pounder Gregerson capped his inaugural UVU Open run with an unblemished 3-0 record on his way to winning his weight class. After pulling out a 14-3 major decision over Western Wyoming's Dylan Chavez, Gregerson then recorded a second-period fall over BYU's Michael Eastwood (4:53) to advance to the finals. In the championship match, Gregerson capped his unbeaten day with a 6-4 decision over Western Colorado's Colby Duncan to win the 133-pound title.
The freshman 149-pounder Haddock went a perfect 3-0 on his way to winning the 149-pound weight class. Haddock first defeated Western Wyoming's Anthony Herrera, 9-3, before recording a first-period fall over Western Wyoming's Kedric Coonis (1:55) in match two. He capped his tournament with a third-period fall over Western Colorado's Diego Calderon (6:06) to win his weight class.
The redshirt sophomore 165-pounder Wilkinson went an unblemished 2-0 on his way to winning his weight class. Wilkinson first defeated Western Wyoming's Kaygen Canfield, 9-3, before winning the title match over Fresno State's Brandon Martino by medical forfeit.
Unattached freshman 125-pounder Edelblute went a perfect 2-0 on the day en route to winning the 125-pound weight bracket. Edelblute first started with a hard-earned 3-2 decision over his teammate and fellow unattached Wolverine freshman Josiah Nava to advance on to the finals against Western Wyoming's Dalton Stuzman. Edelblute took care of business against Stutzman, winning by tech fall (17-2).
Fellow unattached freshman 197-pounder Woodruff too went 3-0 on the day en route to claiming the 197-pound crown. Woodruff started his day with a first-period fall over BYU's Scott Stokes (2:44). He then picked up a 9-3 decision over Western Wyoming's Connor Kirkland followed by a 6-3 decision over his teammate in redshirt freshman Ashton Seely in the title bout.
Redshirt freshman Spencer Heywood (157), as well as unattached freshmen Josiah Nava (125) and Chase Trussell (285), were next for the Wolverines by all placing second, while redshirt freshman Ashton Seely(197) and sophomore Benjamin Andrew (285) each took third and unattached freshmen Kainalu Estrella(133), Josh Tolentino (141) and Jerry Rubio each took fourth. Max Sultan also wrestled his way to a 1-2 outing at 157 pounds for the Wolverines.Comment on this story
Wrestlers from No. 23 UVU, No. 12 Wyoming, Air Force, Arizona State, Fresno State, Northern Colorado, Northwest College, Western Colorado and Western Wyoming all competed in the open tournament. The UVU Open was held at Lockhart Arena.
The 23rd-ranked Wolverines return to dual action next weekend when they welcome Pac-12 foe CSU Bakersfield and Big 12 foe West Virginia to town for a tri-dual on Friday, Jan. 25. CSUB and WVU will first do battle against one another at 3 p.m., before the Wolverines take on the Roadrunners at 5 p.m. UVU will cap the day with a Big 12 Conference contest against the Mountaineers at 7 p.m.