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Lehi wrestling will send 11 to state tourney

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Staff Writer | Lehi Free Press

The Pioneer wrestling team had 11 members who placed eighth or better at the Division A regional meet on Feb. 2-3 at Woods Cross High School, thus qualifying for a spot in the upcoming 5A state tournament scheduled for Feb. 18 at Wasatch High School.

This is a stellar number for the program, reflecting the overall success of the season. Payson was the runaway winner of the divisional, followed by Mountain View and Mountain Ridge.

Lehi finished seventh overall with 179 points, which placed them in a tight cluster of five teams in the top half of the standings.

Lehi Coach Dan Rice was very pleased with the performances of his wrestlers, especially given the challenges of trying to have a season in the middle of a pandemic.

Here’s a complete listing of the results by weight class. The Pioneers were fortunate to have multiple wrestlers competing in some of the brackets, who were gaining valuable experience while boosting the chances for team points. Names of state qualifiers are shown in bold.

At 106, Parker Richins placed seventh and moved his season record to 22-11.

At 120, Anderson Packer placed sixth and moved his season record to 27-13.

At 120, Parker Robinson finished the season with a 3-11 record.

At 126, Ammon Cannon placed third and moved his season record to 28-6.

At 126, Layne Black finished the season with a 3-24 record.

At 132, Mason Fink earned 4 points and finished the season with a 5-24 record.

At 152, Hemaloto Katoa finished the season with a 2-19 record.

At 160, Chans Black placed eighth and moved his season record to 18-14. He was unable to compete in his final two bouts due to injury.

At 160, Hayden Johnson placed 10th, earned 4 team points and finished the season with a 6-8 record.

At 170, Cole Elderedge placed fourth and moved his season record to 30-10.

At 170, Denten Linford placed seventh and moved his season record to 10-4.

At 182, William McCleary placed fourth and moved his season record to 34-9.

At 182, Jacob Price finished the season with a 1-8 record.

At 195, Ty Russell finished the season with a 1-7 record.

At 195, Trevor Bulpitt placed fourth and moved his season record to 17-15.

At 220, Omar Mendez earned 5 points and finished the season with a 4-6 record.

At 220, Danny Hoyal placed eighth and moved his season record to 11-9.

At 285, Isaac Terrell placed fourth and moved his season record to 29-8.

At 285, Nathan Bulpitt placed fifth and moved his season record to 26-9.

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