RICHFIELD — The Panguitch High School wrestling team had a healthy lead heading into the final day of competition at the state 1A wrestling tournament in Richfield Saturday.
The Bobcats had little trouble holding the lead to break a 20-year drought of wrestling championships for the school.
“To be completely honest, I couldn’t be more proud of these wrestlers,” said head coach Collin Marshall. “The kids worked really hard to get here.”
Panguitch ended the tournament with 213 points, ahead of second-place Rich with 151.5 and third-place Piute with 140.
Marshall, who was awarded the outstanding 1A wrestling coach of the year award, said his team members’ hard work, as well as the efforts of his supporting coaching staff, helped make the championship a reality.
Leading the way for Panguitch early in the championship bouts was Korban Osburn (106). Osburn, a freshman, pinned Piute’s Ricardo Pena to secure his individual title.
“I feel great,” Osburn said as he came off the mat. He employed a half nelson in order to get the win.
“I’ve been wrestling since the sixth grade,” Osburn said. “Now that I’m here, it’s a little bit of a surprise.”
Next on the mat for Panguitch was Thomas Marshall (113), who had to take on teammate Hunter Dickinson. The two battled through all three rounds, ending in a 12-7 decision in favor of Thomas.
“It’s hard to coach when they are up against each other, especially when one is your son,” said coach Marshall. “I just took them aside before the match and told them I loved them and to do their best. They handled themselves very well.”
Wylee Fawson (145) was the next Panguitch wrestler to earn individual gold. He pinned Rich’s Ryder Conk in his final bout as a high school wrestler.
“Having been thrown in practice every day helps,” Fawson said. “It was a lot of late nights.”
He said after finishing third in last year’s state tournament, he was driven to improve on this finish this season.
“I was injured last year,” Fawson said. He said he was glad to overcome the challenges to make it to the top level of the podium this year. Fawson was named as the outstanding 1A wrestler of the tournament.
It was also a special night for Panguitch as Frank Houston, a former Panguitch coach, was honored for his years of work in high school wrestling. Houston has been officiating, coaching or doing both at the same time since 1978 and is retiring this year. Houston is also one of Panguitch’s assistant coaches.
Panguitch also had five athletes finish off the year in second place individually.
Rich’s Keller Siddoway (126) was able to pin Panguitch’s Porter Schoppe during the finale.
Piute’s Jax Coburn (132) pulled out the win by fall over Panguitch’s Korbin Atkin.
Milford’s Blake Barnes (152) was able to get the pin against Panguitch’s Kyle Heaton.
Wayne’s Jacob Oldroyd (220) repeated as a state champ over Panguitch’s Wade Christensen.
Rich’s Rebels were also a force to be reckoned with at the tournament, following the lead of Colton Hislop (170), who outlasted Milford’s Russell Walker.
Piute’s McKray Gayler (120) bested Rich’s Corgin Conk with a pin.
Piute’s Porter Trapp (195) took the title win over Tintic’s Chance Atwood, finishing the season with a pin.
While the top teams all had several wrestlers who placed, for Monument Valley it came down to one guy to win school pride at the tournament.
Tanner Tyson Tsinigine (160) wrestled his way through the tournament to land in a title match against Milford’s Casek Hardy. Tsinigine was able to pin Hardy in 3:02 to cement the school’s lone championship.
“He’s an outstanding kid,” said coach Clide McBride.
1. Panguitch, 213; 2. Rich, 151.5; 3. Piute, 140; 4. Milford, 121; 5. Wayne, 106.5; 6. Tintic, 51.5; 7. Monument Valley, 27; 8. Whitehorse, 22.
- 106 — Championship: Korban Osbourn, Panguitch def. Ricardo Pena, Piute, fall 3:59. 3. Aaron Saunders, Wayne; 4. Dreyson Pollock, Bryce Valley.
- 113 — Championship: Thomas Marshall, Panguitch def. Hunter Dickinson, Panguitch, 12-7. 3. Randy Trujillo, Rich; 4. Rayce Jeffery, Wayne.
- 120 — Championship: McKray Gayler, Piute def. Corgin Conk, Rich, fall 1:08. 3. Bryson Henrie, Panguitch; 4. Jesse Peterson, Wayne.
- 126 — Championship: Keller Siddoway, Rich def. Porter Schoppe, Panguitch, fall 4:46. 3. Kolt Pace, Wayne; 4. Monty Morrison, Piute.
- 132 — Championship: Jax Coburn, Piute def. Korbin Atkin, Panguitch, fall 0:33. 3. Austin Petersen, Rich; 4. Henry Bright, Diamond Ranch.
- 138 — Championship: Quaid Thompson, Milford def. Hunter Leggett, Piute, 7-2. 3. Cael Houston, Panguitch; 4. Marcus Wilson, Wayne.
- 145 — Championship: Wylee Fawson, Panguitch def. Ryker Conk, Rich, fall 2:33. 3. Jace Edwards, Wayne; 4. Owen Larson, Tintic.
- 152 — Championship: Blake Barnes, Milford def. Kyle Heaton, Panguitch, fall 2:34. 3. Lincoln Trapp, Piute; 4. Dylan Sawyer, Panguitch.
- 160 — Championship: Tanner Tsinigine, Monument Valley def. Casek Hardy, Milford, fall 3:02. 3. Cairo Houston, Panguitch; 4. Matt Allen, Diamond Ranch.
- 170 — Championship: Colton Hislop, Rich def. Russell Walker, Milford, 11-3. 3. Hunter Marshall, Panguitch; 4. Adam Brinkworth, Tintic.
- 182 — Championship: Bryson Barnes, Milford def. Jaedon Rowe, Rich, fall 2:22. 3. Kevin Bridges, Panguitch; 4. Bryan Hurtado, Piute.
- 195 — Championship: Porter Trapp, Piute def. Chance Atwood, Tintic, 9-5. 3. Marcus Denny, Whitehorse; 4. Stetson Huffaker, Rich.
- 220 — Championship: Jacob Oldroyd, Wayne def. Wade Christensen, Panguitch, fall 2:38. 3. Wyatt Tebbs, Panguitch; 4. Justin Adams, Rich.
- 285 — Championship: Ike Keller, Milford def. Daniel Ayala, 6-2. 3. Jaden Kriegh, Tintic; 4. Arik Blevins, Panguitch.