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Prep roundup: Several area prep wrestlers win titles at weekend tournaments

By Patrick Carr - | Dec 6, 2021

This past weekend was a big one for high school wrestling tournaments in Northern Utah and several area wrestlers won titles. Here’s a rundown of some of the tournaments.

LAYTON INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT

Individual champions at this week’s Layton Invitational Tournament (L.I.T.) were Jason Worthley (Fremont, 113-pound bracket), Bridger Ricks (Box Elder, 120), Moses Espinoza-Owens (Viewmont, 157) and Marcus Espinoza-Owens (Viewmont, 165).

Worthley, a freshman wrestler at Fremont, won all four of his matches in the L.I.T., ending with a 5-2 decision in the championship against Layton’s Kyler Pace. Worthley pinned his first two opponents, then scored a second-period reversal to win his semifinal 4-2 against Farmington’s Hudson Palmer.

Ricks, a three-time defending state champion, pinned his first three opponents, then defeated Mountain Ridge’s Kyison Garcia 2-1 in double overtime after Garcia was called for a one-point penalty.

At 157, Moses Espinoza-Owens defeated Desert Hills’ Keagan Boyce by major decision 16-5 in the finals. He won his first two matches by technical fall, then scored a major decision in the quarterfinals before an 11-7 decision against Farmington’s Sam May in the semis.

At 165, Marcus Espinoza-Owens scored a reversal and a takedown in the final minute of the third period of his finals match against Layton’s Kael Bennie to win 13-11. He pinned his first two opponents of the tournament, then won in the quarters and semis by technical fall.

In the team scoring category, Layton accumulated 235.5 points and finished in second place behind Uintah (251.5).

SYRACUSE SCUFFLE

A handful of area teams competed at this weekend’s Syracuse Scuffle duals.

As a team, Syracuse went 7-2 in dual matches with wins against Bear River, Northridge, Highland, Granger, Spanish Fork, Ridgeline and American Fork. At 165 pounds, Jordan Faifai went 9-0 for the Titans with seven pins.

Weber went 2-7 as a team in dual matches, beating Northridge and Highland. Ian Briskey went 7-0 with six pins in heavyweight matches.

Northridge went 1-8 as a team in dual matches with the win coming against Highland. Ben Brown (157 pounds) went 7-0 individually for the Knights with six pins.

Bear River went 7-1 as a team, beating Northridge, Weber, Granger, Snow Canyon, Spanish Fork, Copper Hills and American Fork. Max Miller (120) and Kaeson Burn (190) went 8-0 for the Bears individually.

FARMINGTON INVITATIONAL GIRLS TOURNAMENT

Area winners at this weekend’s Farmington Invitational Girls High School Tournament were Lexus Bertagnolli (Roy, 110-pound class), Bella Gunderson (Bear River, 120), Brinlee Gines (Fremont, 130), Josie Redman (Bear River, 140), Jessica Hacking (Farmington, 170) and Karla Padilla Zapeda (Northridge, 235).

Bertagnolli scored a 10-4 decision in the 110 finals against Skyridge’s Lianny Barrena, coming after a come-from-behind 8-7 win in the semifinals against Mountain Crest’s Jalise Wakley.

Padilla Zapeda, a defending state champion in last year’s inaugural girls wrestling state championships, dominated the Farmington tournament in the 235-pound class. She pinned all three of her opponents, and her longest match lasted 47 seconds in the finals.

At 120, Gunderson pinned her first two opponents, advanced to the finals via a forfeit in the semis, and with a 13-9 lead in the third period, ended the match with a pin against Abigail Griffith of Mountain Ridge.

At 130, Gines pinned all four of her opponents all in the first period, culminating with a win in the finals against Bear River’s Hailey Branch.

At 140, Redman pinned all three of her opponents in the tournament. She trailed Mountain Crest’s Kaitlin Lofthouse 7-6 in the third period before getting a pin with 31 seconds left.

At 170, Hacking pinned all five of her opponents and won her finals match with a pin in 33 seconds against Uintah’s Kayli Keel.

The 100 and 105-pound weight classes were round robin tournaments. At 100, Davis’ Kristina Kent took first place while Bear River’s Sadie Hardy took second.

OGDEN WRESTLER WINS TITLE IN SPANISH FORK

Ogden High girls wrestler Tomi Rogers won the championship in the 235-pound bracket at the Lady Eagle Invitational on Saturday at American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork.

Rogers pinned Pleasant Grove’s Emily Peeler in 25 seconds in the title match.

BOYS BASKETBALL

BEN LOMOND 44, ALTAMONT 33

On Saturday at the Bear River Winter Classic, Ben Lomond outscored Altamont 20-2 in the first quarter to win comfortably after trailing 6-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Trenton Harris led the Scots (2-3) with 12 points, coming on four 3-pointers.

ALISO NIGUEL-CA 73, VIEWMONT 57

On Saturday at the Springville High Tournament, Radek Pulsipher scored 21 points with eight rebounds as Viewmont fell behind 46-23 at halftime. Trevor Green added 11 points off the bench for the Vikings (2-3).

ST. JOSEPH 57, FREEDOM PREP 39

Late Friday night, St. Joseph led big early and cruised to a win. Bjorn Mouritsen led the Jayhawks (2-3) with 19 points, Jaxon Harper scored 16 and Cannon Randall added 13.

SCORES, NO STATS REPORTED

Parowan 66, Ogden 46 (Sat.)

Morgan 55, Carbon 45 (Sat.)

Bear River 66, Uintah 47 (Sat.)

GIRLS BASKETBALL

HURRICANE 46, BOX ELDER

On Saturday in St. George, Box Elder lost in a game that was close throughout. Maddie Reeder led the Bees (2-2) with 14 points.

Box Elder concluded its three-game trip in St. George 1-2, with a win over Snow Canyon last Thursday before losses against Desert Hills (Friday) and Hurricane (Saturday).

SCORES, NO STATS REPORTED

Judge Memorial 55, Syracuse 53 (OT, Sat.)

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