Bucks claim sixth divisional wrestling crown in a row
by Anna Thayn
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The Monticello High School wrestling team claimed their sixth straight divisional trophy with a narrow victory over the Panguitch Bobcats on February 11 in Monticello.  Team members include: front row, (left to right) Art Adair, Chandler Draper, PJ Leiataua, Kelland Brewer, Cole Eldredge, Brandon Musselman, Chance Weahkee, Justin Redd. Second row: Kent Adair, Todd Adair, Nephi Barlow, Vincent Dalhoff,, Jake Miller, Clayton Dee, Jake Giles, Hunter Bowring, Katie Boyle Shane Musselman.  Back row: Eric Anderson, Russel Musselman, Austin Wilcox, Brian Robinson, Tim Ryan, Curtis Baird, Shannon OBrien, Ron Musselman.
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The Monticello Buckaroos put on a great show as they hosted the South Division Wrestling Tournament at Monticello High School over the weekend. The Buckaroos earned their sixth team championship in a row on their home mat in a race to the finish that was close throughout the day.

The Bucks ended with a total of 229 team points, besting second place Panguitch by a narrow 14 point margin. Wayne High School rounded out the top three with 191 points.  Nine teams competed in the tournament. A large number of volunteers put on a fantastic tournament for the visiting schools, which many referred to as the best tournament they had been to. The Bucks qualified 15 of their 18 team members for the 1A State Tournament this weekend at Utah Valley University in Orem.

Nine Buckaroos earned the right to wrestle for a championship and when the smoke cleared, Brian Robinson, Cole Eldredge and Austin Wilcox stood atop the podium as Champions.

Robinson earned the first finals win for the Bucks with a convincing win by fall in the second period. Robinson won both early matches by fall on his way to the championship.

Eldredge was strong throughout the day with a fall in the first round and a big 16-0 technical fall win before putting up an 11-2 win in the finals.

Wilcox won by first period fall in his early round and put an exciting 11-3 win on the board for the championship.

Finishing strong with second place medals are Justin Redd, Hunter Bowring, Brandon Musselman, Tim Ryan, Eric Anderson, and Clayton Dee.

Redd earned two big wins by fall on his way to the finals where he was defeated in a tough match 8-2.

Bowring earned a win by decision on his way to the finals where he was beaten by two time state champion Jory Owens.

Musselman earned a win by fall and an exciting major decision before losing a heartbreaker in the finals, 2-0.

Ryan earned two exciting wins with one by fall on his way to the finals where he fell to his Piute competitor.

Anderson put a fall and a technical fall in the books before a tough finals loss.

Dee brought the crowd to their feet in an exciting win by fall over his favored opponent from Wayne on his way to his second place medal.

Coming back strong to finish with third place honors are Chance Weahkee, Jake Giles, PJ Leiataua, and Nephi Barlow.

Weahkee lost a heartbreaker in his first round match, but came back strong with two big wins.

Giles earned an exciting win by fall in the first round but a tough loss sent him to the consolation bracket where he came back strong to win two tough matches by fall.

Leiataua earned a win by fall over teammate Vincent Dalhoff to earn his medal.

Barlow lost a tough first round match but came back with a convincing win by fall in the consolation finals.

Rounding out the state qualifiers with fourth place medals are Kelland Brewer and Vincent Dalhoff.

Brewer earned an exciting first round win by fall before being sent to the consolation bracket but came back with a win over teammate Curtis Baird with a takedown at the buzzer to earn a spot at the state tournament.

Dalhoff wrestled tough in only his second tournament as a Buckaroo.

Finishing in fifth are Russell Musselman and Curtis Baird. Both are alternates for the State Tournament if a spot opens in their weight class. Chandler Draper finished in sixth for the Bucks.

Baird earned an exciting win in the first match for the Buckaroos and after a loss won by fall in an exciting match to stay alive in the tourney before teammate Kelland Brewer defeated him.

Musselman and Draper also wrestled hard for the Buckaroos and each won a match by fall at the tournament.

The State Tournament begins this Friday at Utah Valley University in Provo with the first 1A round starting at 4 p.m. and continues through the finals Saturday night at 5 p.m.
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