Lang, a former Warriors’ grappler himself, was rewarded by his team with the 42-30 victory over cross-town rival Pine View. Lang has said that the management part of being a prep head coach has its unique away-from-the-mat demands.
“Doing the paperwork, doing the fundraisers, making sure everybody is eligible, that’s the stuff that made me nervous,” Lang said. “If I don’t raise enough funds to pay for the boys to be able to go on the road and wrestle at tournaments, that reflects on how I am as a coach.
“But coming out here tonight, the actual wrestling, I am passionate about getting out on the mat. When the wrestling starts, that’s where the comfort begins.”
The Warriors gave Lang some comfort by winning the first duel of the season. Snow Canyon’s Austin Davis got things going with his Fall (pin) over Pine View’s Aaron Torres in the 3rd period (1:11) in the 106 pound division. Coach Lang asked Davis to set the pace and Davis responded to his coach’s asking.
“I was particularly happy with what Austin did,” Lang said. “It was in the third period and we told him we needed him to go up to pick up a fall, we need those six points for the team. He said ‘okay coach’, executed and got that done.”
Warriors’ co-captain Mitch Taylor supported Davis’s performance with a first round Fall at 113 pounds over Drew Mayfield. Snow Canyon went up 12-0 but Pine View answered with three straight wins. Sam Salisbury (120 lbs) won an 8-3 decision over DJ Whitehead to put points on the board for Pine View and then Hunter Williams (126 lbs) and Garrett Smith (132 lbs) each scored wins for the Panthers resulting in leveling the score at 12-12 after five matches.
Pine View coach Brett Gifford was pleased with how his team battled back and forth with Snow Canyon, and noted some first-time performers from the Panthers side, especially Williams, who scored a 2nd round Fall.
“Austin Manuele came out and got a good throw,” Gifford said. “Jake Heaton did a good job. Mike Kauvaka wrestled well even though he got stuck.
“The freshman, Hunter Williams got a pin, and Jaden Peterson was able to battle an opponent who is solid.”
After the Panthers tied the score, Snow Canyon went ahead from consecutive wins from Hans Lounsbury and Curt Wilde (each scoring Falls) making the score 24-12, but Pine View once again came back.
Pine View’ Zach Worlton and Austin Manuele each scored Falls and the score was evened at 24.
“Snow Canyon has a great team, they have some great wrestlers with experience,” Gifford said. “We had some freshman step in and compete well. I’m proud of how the team competed.
“I was impressed with how hard the team fought and kept us in range for the win.”
The Warriors closed out the duel winning four of the last five matches though to seal the 42-30 win. Stetson Reed, Nokoni Slivers, Tavish Nelson and Sheydon John all scored wins and made their new head coach proud.
“I’m very proud of our boys,” Lang said. “There were some outstanding individual performances by our boys.”
He was appreciative of the showing by parents and supporters who filled the Warriors’ gym too.
“I was very impressed with the crowd that was here to watch the match,” Lang said. “The crowd’s enthusiasm was excellent and it made a better experience for the kids.”
106 Austin Davis (SC) over Aaron Torres (PV) Fall (R3/1:11)
113 Mitch Taylor (SC) over Drew Mayfield (PV) Fall (R1)
120 Sam Salisbury (PV) over DJ Whitehead (SC) 8-3 decision
126 Hunter Williams (SC) over Tyler Bonzo (SC) Fall (R3)
132 Garrett Smith (PV) over Tagan Johnson (SC) 5-4 decision
138 Hans Lounsbury (SC) over Jaden Petersen (PV) - Fall (R2/ 1:05)
145 Curt Wilde (SC) over Tyler Hartman (PV) – Fall (R1/ 0:15)
152 Zack Worlton (PV) over Kimball Leavitt (SC) Fall (R3/0:14)
160 Austin Manuele (PV) over Corbin Hoskins (SC) Fall (R1/ 0:40)
170 Stetson Reed (SC) over Jerome Nielsen (PV) 14-10 decision
182 Nokoni Slivers (SC) over Mikaio Schwalger (PV) Fall (R1/0:28)
195 Tavish Nelson (SC) over Mike Kauvaka (PV) Fall (R1/0:33)
220 Joe Howard (SC) over Jake Heaton (PV) Fall (R1/0:51)
285 Sheydon John (SC) over Wes Kauvaka (PV) 12-9 decision
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