Wasatch Wrestling officially opened the season December 5th with a narrow Region win at Spanish Fork. The Dons boasted a team of upper-classmen, but the young Wasps responded with impressive resolve: 34-30 Wasatch.
Wasatch wrestlers winning by decision were Caden Clyde (120) 10-5, Kaelin Cummings (138) 6-4 in OT; Corbin Smith (106) won by major decision 16-4; Gage Bradley (126), Spencer Heywood (160), and Payton Mair (170) each pinned their opponents; Logan Huntington (145) won by forfeit.
In high school wrestling there are 14 weight classes. To win half of them and still win the dual, Wasatch wrestlers had to earn bonus points in the matches they won. (A win by decision earns 3 team points, major decisions = 4 pts., technical falls = 5 pts., falls [pins] = 6 pts., forfeits = 6 pts.) The team also had to avoid giving bonus points to their opponents in the matches they lost.
The Wasps earned bonus points in 5 of their 7 wins for a total of 13 bonus points. In the Dons 4 wins they earned 9 bonus points. The difference: 4 points. The difference: the match.
Wasatch competed in it’s first large ivite over the weekend and took 4th place overall as a team in the event which hosted 24 Utah High School wrestling teams.
Head Coach Wade Discher’s grapplers scored 157 team points and had several great individual performances.
Wasatch had two champions in the invite, sophomore Braiden Parker (106) and junior Payton Mair (170).
The Wasps had two runner-ups, freshman Jakob Discher (113) and junior Spencer Heywood (160).
Earning consolation championships, 3rd place, were freshamn Corbin Smith (106) and senior Logan Huntington (145).
Senior Caden Clyde (120) took 4th place along with senior Albert Jepperson (152).
Wasatch had one more placer at 7th, junior Jake McNaughton (182).
Freshman Steven McNaughton (132), Ritchie Heywood (145), and sophomores Gage Bradley (126), Kaelin Cummings (138), Matt Provost (152), Nick Piscitelli (152), Garth Healey (160) and Ben Bos (220) took the mat for Wasatch.
Piscitelli earned three wins, Heywood and Provost two each and Bos scored one victory.
The JV wrestlers took 3rd overall as a team in an excellent showing.