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North Sevier, Layton, Westlake, Davis and Lone Peak victorious at Wrestling Against Cancer Duals

PROVO — Layton showed it means business in 5A wrestling while North Sevier toppled Fremont, Lone Peak blitzed Provo, Davis crushed Timpanogos and Westlake slipped past Corner Canyon.

Though the event had some great wrestling action, the primary focus was the charitable effort of raising funds to help a family battling cancer. This year, Provo High's efforts focused on 1-year-old Eli Oyler, whose grandfather George Chappell was the former head coach at North Sevier High School. The Wolves made their first appearance in the Wrestling Against Cancer Duals, and the 2A power beat 5A Fremont 48-27.

North Sevier 48, Fremont 27

Making their first appearance in the Wrestling Against Cancer Duals, North Sevier showed that the smaller schools produce some great wrestling talent. Both teams (North Sevier in 2A and Fremont in 5A) placed fifth in their respective classifications in 2016.

The bouts started at 160 pounds, and Fremont struck first as Brayden Mark won by pin. But North Sevier won the next three matches to go out in front 15-6. At 170 pounds, Tanner Sorensen won a key match 7-6 over Jeff Hardy, which was followed by pins by Noah Porter and Mac Peterson at 182 and 195 pounds.

Both teams exchanged forfeit victories at 220 and 285 pounds, so when the match turned the corner to the lightweights, North Sevier owned a 21-12 win.

But North Sevier's Dahlance Smith earned a pin at 106 pounds to put the Wolves in front 27-12. Fremont struck back with two pins by Colby Bowden (113 pounds) and returning state champion Tayten Bennett (120) to pull within three points, 27-24.

This set up a critical match at 126 pounds between two returning state finalists in North Sevier's Gage Mason and Fremont's Kegan Leatherow.

Leatherow led early, but Mason fought back and tied the match at 4-4 going into the third period. Mason then secured a reversal and put Leatherow on his back to win the match 8-4. This put North Sevier up 30-24 in the team race.

North Sevier then took control of the dual with three straight wins. Braden Johnson won by forfeit at 132 pounds, Shawn Sorensen won by pin at 138 pounds and Jace Okerlund won by pin at 145 pounds and the Wolves clinched the dual by going ahead 48-24. Fremont won the last match at 152 pounds when Myles Young decisioned Paton Thurston 18-11.

Layton 63, Mountain View 16

Many expect Layton to push Pleasant Grove for dominance in 5A, and the Lancers sent a message to all of 5A that they are a deep and talented team by crushing Mountain View 63-16.

Layton won 11 of 14 matches, including nine by pin. Securing falls were Teige Lovell (160), Cole Faust (170), Jon Lund (182), James Porritt (195), Aidian Harris (106), Tyson Humpherys (120), Terrel Barraclough (126) and Alec Bolingbroke (145). Steven Quintana (152) won by decision and Jon Hunt (220) won by forfeit.

Jarom Moore (113), Gabe Terry (132) and Brigham Miyazawa (138) were victorious for Mountain View.

Lone Peak 51, Provo 21

The Knights of Lone Peak showed their mettle, defeating host Provo 51-21. The Knights won 10 out of 14 bouts, including five straight down the stretch to put the dual away.

Leading 30-21 and with the dual very much still in doubt, the Knights' Boyd Abernathy got the ball rolling Lone Peak's way with a pin at 132 pounds. Lone Peak then won two close decisions in matches that could have gone either way.

At 138 pounds, Lone Peak's Andrew Rodriguez overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Provo's Tim Giles 13-8. Then at 145 pounds, Lucas Taylor scored a hard-fought 7-6 win over Schafer Heiner to give Lone Peak an insurmountable 42-21 lead. Lone Peak finished up the dual with a 11-10 win by Angel Rodriguez over Russell Torgersen at 152 pounds, and Nicholas Willits pinned Saul Rojas at 160 pounds.

Getting wins for Provo were Schafer Jackson (106), Nelson Bell (113), Peyton Griffin (126) and Ben Badonie (170).

Westlake 42, Corner Canyon 40

In a match where both teams secured seven wins each, Westlake used five wins by pins and two forfeit victories to eek out a victory over Corner Canyon, which had five wins by pin, a forfeit and a major decision.

The bouts started at 170 pounds, and Andrew Gonzalez of Westlake got a win by pin, followed up a pin by teammate Gabriel Stastny at 182 pounds.

Trailing 12-0, Corner Canyon cracked the scoreboard when Zach Heaton won a major decision over Zach Warren 10-1. The Chargers then got a pin by Kade Carlson at 220 pounds to pull within two points, 12-10.

A forfeit win by Corner Canyon's Shaun Stockwell gave Corner Canyon a short lived lead at 16-12.

But Westlake retook the lead it would never relinquish with wins by pin by Jordan Taylor (113) and Kagan Oliver (120) and forfeit wins by Caden Dunn (106) and Austin Petty (126) respectively. This shot Westlake out in front 36-16.

Corner Canyon made a charge with three straight pins by Kurtisn Hansen (132), McKay Bradshaw (138) and Ceiph Al-Maksosi (145) to make the score 36-34.

But then Colby Peterson's win by pin at 152 pounds clinched the dual meet as Westlake surged ahead 42-34. Brad Findley (160) gave Corner Canyon one last win by securing a fall to make the final margin of victory 42-40 for the Thunder.

Davis 60, Timpanogos 12

Davis won 11 out of 14 matches to thump Timpanogos 60-12.

The bouts started at 160 pounds and Timpanogos actually got out to the early lead with a pin by Elijah Kratzer.

But Davis struck back quickly with two straight wins by pin with Trendon Dunn (170) and Nick Warden (182) to go ahead 12-6.

Alex Eidem of Timpanogos defeated Davis' Preston Nguyen 13-6 to pull the Timberwolves within three at 12-9. But at this point, Davis took complete control, winning the next eight matches.

Trace Dunn (220) and Spencer Iniquez (285) won by pin, and Porter Linford (106) and Parker Coffey (113) won by forfet to put Davis ahead 36-9.

Trevor Belnap clinched the dual for Davis with a pin at 120 pounds, and then it was icing on the cake as Wyatt Ellis (126) won with another fall and Trevor Zimmerman added a forfeit victory at 132 pounds. At 138 pounds, the Darts' Britton Wood won by decision over Timpanogos' Carson Mellor 7-0.

Timpanogos got one last victory with a decision victory by Holland Knudsen at 145 pounds. But Davis finished out the dual with another win by pin by Eli Knowlton at 152 pounds.

In other dual meet action, Layton defeated Skyridge 42-30 and Westlake stopped Timpview 57-24.

Brian Preece is a freelance sports writer. Preece was the former head coach at Provo High School from 1994-2006 and in 2006 was named Utah Coach of the Year by the National Wrestling Coaches Association.