Desert Hills’ wrestlers took home five first-place medals and won four second-places in accumulating their 360-point team performance, which was121 points ahead of second-place team Hurricane (239).
Asked if this season could be the best Thunder season yet in the school’s young four years, wrestling Coach Warren Richins said, “Yes! Definitely, the possibility is real.”
“We have a pretty darn solid line-up.”
Brandon Parry (113 lbs), James Suwyn (132 lbs), Devan Webb (138), Kevan Webb (160) and Kalob Stevenson (285) won their divisions for the Thunder team solidifying its tourney showing.
Host Hurricane had its impressive performances as well. The Tigers picked up four first-place medals and a second place finish, and Tigers won the two tournament outstanding wrestlers awards (Josh Pettus and Zach Prince).
Pettus won a state-championship quality match at 106 pounds against Desert Hills’ Joe Mondragon in overtime, and Prince beat Israel Perez (152 lbs) in a pair of matchups between top wrestlers of both schools.
A Desert Hills or Hurricane wrestler won nine of the 14 divisions and five of the 14 second-place slots.
Dixie Flyers’ Josh Batin was the other Region 9 wrestler who won in the 195 lb division, keeping his undefeated start to the season intact, and won his second tournament win this season. Batin won the 220-pound division in a Salem Hills tournament last week.
‘TIGER STYLE OPEN’
1st - Desert Hills 360 pts
2nd - Hurricane 239
3rd - Virgin Valley 199
4th - Enterprise 120
5th - Wayne 100
6th - Kanab 90
7th - Dixie 70
8th - Milford 30
9th - Page 14
Division/ 1st place/ 2nd place/school/tournament record
106 lbs Josh Pettus H (7-0), Joe Mondragon DH (6-1)
113 Brandon Parry DH (6-1), Hunter Woods VV (6-1)
120 Juan Dominguez VV (7-0), Aran Mowbray P (6-1)
126 Chris Moss H (7-0), Wyman Yellowhair P (6-1)
132 James Suwyn DH (7-0), Kemp Todacheenie P (5-2)
138 Devan Webb DH (7-0), Broc Smith VV (6-1)
145 Justyn Post H (7-0), Dustin Roberts DH (6-1)
152 Zach Prince H (7-0), Israel Perez DH (6-1)
160 Kevan Webb DH (9-0), Josh Urianza K (8-1)
170 Bryan Batty W (8-1), Daniel Bowman K (7-2)
182 Troy Graymountain P (6-1), Richard Tauoa DH (5-2)
195 Josh Batin D (7-0), Daniel Gardner E (6-1)
220 Hagan Ekker W (5-0), Joe Takau H (4-1)
285 Kalob Stevenson DH (5-0), Nathan Beaumont VV (4-1)
(as voted on by coaches)
Josh Pettus Hurricane
Zach Prince Hurricane
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