RICHFIELD — The first day of state 2A wrestling concluded in Richfield Friday with Duchesne emerging as the favorite to win with 121 points. 

“So far we’ve wrestled really well,” said Casey Blackburn, wrestling coach for Duchesne High School. “We just have to continue to wrestle at a high level.”

The Duchesne Eagles are hoping to clinch the title in Saturday’s bouts, but there is still plenty of wrestling to go, according to Blackburn.

“So far we’ve wrestled really well. We just have to continue to wrestle at a high level” — Duchesne coach Casey Blackburn

“We have to have some JV kids step up and block some of the other teams’ scoring points,” Blackburn said. “We’re in good shape right now.”

The Eagles have 10 wrestlers headed to Saturday morning’s semifinals, including John Billings (106), Bowdey Larsen (113), Ethan Clayburn (120), Cael Skewes (126), Jaxon Morlan (132), Kaleb Sanchez (138), Colin Skeves (145), Jaxon Verduzco (160) and Ryker Blackburn (180).

Millard and Beaver are neck and neck in second place, with 105 points each. 

Millard’s Eagles, the defending champs, are trying to overcome a potential eight-point deficit due to four of their wrestlers having byes in the opening rounds. While the byes allow for the wrestlers to be fresher as things move deeper into the tournament, they also have the drawback of not scoring those points, said assistant coach Brenden Turner.

“We’re just going to work hard,” Turner said.

Millard is fielding nine wrestlers in the Saturday’s semifinals, including Camden Moat (106), Hector Martinez (113), Mack Bray (126), Josh Whitaker (145), KC Whitaker (152), John Whitaker (160), John Gates (170), Jed DeGreaffenried (170) and Danny Garcia (180).

Beaver, a team that went into the tournament hoping to make school history and earn its first title, is still in the thick of it. The Beavers brought 28 wrestlers to state after winning its divisional tournament.

“That was our goal,” said coach Robbie Bradshaw. “Hopefully we can win some on the championship side of the bracket.”

Of the 28 Beavers to make it to state, eight have survived to earn semfinal bouts including Hagen Mayer (106), Douglas Evans (113), Brian Evans (132), Brock Edwards (145), Cort Radden (160), Aurelinao Garcia (220), Dylan Bartlett, (220) and Kyler Boren (285).

Altamont sat in second place through most of the day, but late bouts saw Beaver and Millard overtake the Longhorns in team points. Altamont ended the day at 101 points. 

“We’ve had some holes that have hurt us this year,” said coach Korey Farnsworth. He said it would take some help from other schools to put the Longhorns back into contention.

“We only have one head-to-head match with Duchesne in the semis,” Farnsworth said. 

That match is in the 106-pound division with Gatlen Farnsworth. In addition to Farnsworth, the Longhorns have six other wrestlers headed to the semifinals including Riggin Boger (145), Carson Sheets (145), Dean Thompson (152), Heston Murdock (160), Cash Robb (195) and MacIntrynre Thacker (220).