RICHFIELD — The drought is over for Millard.
Millard’s wrestling program won 10 state titles over a 12-year period from 2001 to 2013, but after a five-year dry spell it finally has additional hardware for the trophy case.
Millard dominated the 2A state tournament at the Sevier Valley Center on Saturday with its depth, as 16 wrestlers placed in the top four of their respective weight to spearhead the 2A title.
The Eagles racked up 262 team points, followed by defending champion Altamont in second place with 219 points and Beaver in third with 202 points.
“It’s great to end the drought and finish off a great season that we had. We had an undefeated dual year, placed first in every tournament but the rumble. It’s a great way to cap off a great season,” said Millard assistant coach Brenden Turner, whose team was loaded with seniors.
“We were a pretty old team, 12 seniors and nine of them in the varsity lineup. They’ve been wrestling together for a really long time and they’re just a fun group of guys. They don’t put too much pressure on each other. They always have fun and I think that’s a reason we had a lot of success.”
Millard wrestlers went 4-3 in championship matches, including two who now have multiple state championships on their resume. Van Bray beat Beaver’s John Evans at 126 pounds to end his career with three straight individual titles. He finished the season with a sparkling 57-2 record.
“He is a special kid. He steps out on the mat every single time knowing he’s going to dominate his opponent. He’s a very coachable kid. He goes out to dominate, and a lot of people can’t hang with his pace and that’s why he’s so successful,” said Turner.
Fellow senior Calun Whitaker capped his career with a second straight title at 220 pounds, finishing the season with a perfect 55-0 record and 45 pins.
John Whitaker (160) and Hayden Anderson (145) both fought back from midseason injuries to end their season with and individual title as well.
“Those four paved the way for everyone on the team to look up to and go out and wrestle like they did. Just a dominant four we had,” said Turner.
Leading the way for Altamont’s runner-up team finish were McKay Foy (170) and Cash Robb (195).
Foy beat Millard’s Danny Garcia with a pin in the first period to claim his fourth individual state title, joining an elite group of wrestlers to win four titles.
Beaver’s Brian Evans was also a repeat winner as he claimed the title at 120 pounds for the second consecutive year.
North Summit finished with the second-most individual champs as Ethan Crittendon (106), Ryker Pentz (132) and Tyler Scheurn (152) all claimed titles.
At Sevier Valley Center
- Millard, 262; 2. Altamont, 219; 3. Beaver, 202; 4. North Sevier, 165.5; 5. North Summit, 157; 6. Duchesne, 131; 7. Enterprise, 120; 8. Gunnison Valley, 108.5
Saturday’s championshipComment on this story
- 106 — Championship: Ethan Criittendon, North Summit def. Bowdey Larsen, Duchesne, fall 4:31; 3. Hector Martinez, Millard; 4. Tristan Smith, North Summit; 5. Hagen Orton, Parowan; 6. Jace Christensen, North Sevier.
- 113 — Championship: Caleb Leavitt, Enterprise def. Mack Bray, Millard, 6-4; 3. Ethan Clayburn, Duchesne; 4. Bronson Richins, North Summit; 5. Cael Skewes, Duchesne; 6. Luke Browning, Kanab.
- 120 — Championship: Brian Evans, Beaver def. Tezlin Winn, Gunnison, fall 2:41; 3. Cameron Dickson, Altamont; 4. Gavin McCowen, North Summit; 5. Kaden Jacobson, North Summit; 6. Randy Stewart, Gunnison.
- 126 — Championship: Van Bray, Millard def. John Evans, Beaver, 9-4; 3. Braden Johnson, North Sevier; 4. Easton Richins, Altamont; 5. Kaleb Sanchez, Duchesne; 6. Dusty Clayburn, Duchesne.
- 132 — Championship: Ryker Pentz, North Summit def. Dylan Bistline, Kanab, 2-1; 3. Tristan Farnsworth, Altamont; 4. Alex Hollingshead, Beaver; 5. Braxton Messersmith, Enterprise; 6. Kaleb Barney, Beaver.
- 138 — Championship: Cody Stubbs, Kanab def. Brock Edwards, Beaver, 9-6; 3. Carson Sheets, Altamont; 4. Graydee Warren, Millard; 5. Hunter Tullis, Enterprise; 6. Dahlance Smith, North Sevier.
- 145 — Championship: Hayden Anderson, Millard def. Dean Thompson, Altamont, 6-3; 3. Walker Burr, North Sevier; 4. Kadin Jones, Kanab; 5. Mason Bartlett, Beaver; 6. Josh Whitaker, Millard.
- 152 — Championship: Tyler Scheurn, North Summit def. Cort Radden, Beaver, fall 1:16; 3. Wyatt Taylor, Millard; 4. Dustin Bistline, Kanab; 5. Scott Reber, Enterprise; 6. Wesley Dixon, Millard.
- 160 — Championship: John Whitaker, Millard def. Hunter Joseph, Beaver, fall 2:32; 3. Benjamin Rowley, Enterprise; 4. Heston Murdock, Altamont; 5. Gabe Wilcox, North Sevier; 6. Robert Clark, Enterprise.
- 170 — Championship: McKay Foy, Altamont def. Danny Garcia, Millard, fall 1:12; 3. Hayden Booth, Gunnison; 4. Gene Berger, Parowan; 5. Talon Belnap, Gunnison; 6. Shayler Hunt, North Sevier.
- 182 — Championship: Ryker Blackburn, Duchesne def. Bridger Fullmer, Millard, 4-0; 3. Zach Prows, Millard; 4. Dylan Barlett, Beaver; 5. Thomas Yardley, Gunnison; 6. Matagi Fa’avale, North Summit.
- 195 — Championship: Cash Robb, Altamont def. Tate Johnson, North Sevier, 3-2; 3. Dixon Bagley, Enterprise; 4. Grant Reynolds, Duchesne; 5. Bryan Torres, Parowan; 6. Wyatt Whitaker, Millard.
- 220 — Championship: Calun Whitaker, Millard def. MacIntyre Thacker, Altamont, fall 2:22; 3. Kolton Petersen, Gunnison; 4. Garrett Sessions, North Sevier; 5. Joshua Hasemeyer, Parowan; 6. Zech Deherrera, Millard.
- 285 — Championship: Tanner Sorenson, North Sevier def. Carson Peterson, Gunnison, 10-3; 3. Kyler Boren, Beaver; 4. McKinley George, Millard; 5. Adrian Carrillo, Duchesne; 6. Chase Dawson, North Summit