RICHFIELD — Millard’s wrestling team inched closer to ending its five-year state title drought during the opening day of the 2A state tournament on Friday, but there’s still work to do.
A couple of upsets and injuries derailed Millard’s ideal opening day, but Millard sits in first place with 120 team points heading into the second day of the tournament at the Sevier Valley Center. Defending champion Altamont is close behind with 105 points, followed by Beaver in third with 100 points.
“It was a good day. Couple upsets that we weren’t really planning on. We really felt like we could get 13 or 14 guys in the semis,” said Millard assistant coach Brenden Turner. “It’s the state tournament and anything can happen. We’ve been preaching to our guys to take it one match at a time and if we go out there and do what we’re supposed to, good things are going to happen.”
Millard advanced 11 wrestlers into the semifinals, while Altamont advanced 10.
The only weight the schools go head-to-head in the semifinals is at 126 pounds with Millard’s Van Bray facing Altamont’s Easton Richins.
Bray is one of four wrestlers who heads into Saturday’s competition looking to defend individual titles. Other defending champs are Beaver’s Brian Evans (120), Altamont’s McKay Foy (170) and Millard’s Calun Whitaker (220).
Foy needs to win two more matches on Saturday to end his career as a four-time state champion.
Many figured there would be another Millard-Altamont semifinal clash at 132 pounds, but each school's higher-ranked wrestler was knocked off the quarterfinals.
Kanab’s Dylan Bistline upset Altamont’s Tristan Farnsworth with a 3-1 decision in the quarterfinals, while Beaver’s Kaleb Barney edged Millard’s Spencer Sorensen 11-8.
“Kudos to the kids that went out and competed and gave it their all,” Turner said.
The competition resumes on Saturday at 10 a.m., with the championship matches slated to begin at 3 p.m.
At Sevier Valley Center
- Millard, 120; 2. Altamont, 105; 3. Beaver, 100; 4. North Sevier, 82.5; 5. North Summit, 81; 6. Duchesne, 74; 7. (tie) Enterprise, Gunnison, 63.
Saturday’s semifinalsComment on this story
- 106 — Bowdey Larsen, Duchesne vs. Hector Martinez, Millard; Tristan Smith, North Summit vs. Ethan Crittenden, North Summit
- 113 — Ethan Clayburn, Duchesne vs. Mack Bray, Millard; Bronson Richins, North Summit vs. Caleb Leavitt, Enterprise
- 120 — Brian Evans, Beaver vs. Gavin McCowen, North Summit; Tezlin Winn, Gunnison vs. Kaden Jacobson, North Summit
- 126 — John Evans, Beaver vs. Kaleb Sanchez, Duchesne; Van Bray, Millard vs. Easton Richins, Altamont
- 132 — Tristan Farnsworth, Altamont vs. Kaleb Barney, Beaver; Ryker Pentz, North Summit vs. Braxton Messersmith, Enterprise
- 138 — Carson Sheets, Altamont vs. Brock Edwards, Beaver; Graydee Warren, Millard vs. Cody Stubbs, Kanab
- 145 — Dean Thompson, Altamont vs. Walker Burr, North Sevier; Hayden Anderson, Millard vs. Kadin Jones, Kanab
- 152 — Dustin Bistline, Kanab vs. Cort Radden, Beaver; Tryler Scheum, North Summit vs. Wesley Dixon, Millard
- 160 — Heston Murdock, Altamont vs. Hunter Joseph, Beaver; John Whitaker, Millard vs. Benjamin Rowley, Enterprise
- 170 — McKay Foy, Altamont vs. Hayden Booth, Gunnison; Danny Garcia, Millard vs. Gene Berger, Parowan
- 182 — Ryker Blackburn, Duchesne vs. Thomas Yardley, Gunnison; Bridger Fullmer, Millard vs. Zach Prows, Millard
- 195 — Cash Robb, Altamont vs. Grant Reynolds, Duchesne; Tate Johnson, North Sevier vs. Dixon Bagley, Enterprise
- 220 — MacIntyr Thacker, Altamont vs. Garrett Sessions, North Sevier; Calun Whitaker, Millard vs. Kolton Petersen, Gunnison
- 285 — Kyler Boren, Beaver vs. Carson Peterson, Gunnison; Tanner Sorenson, North Sevier vs. Maleke McGhee, Altamont