Bucks claim tenth title in ten years
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by Anna Fredericks

Saturday night, the Monticello Buckaroo wrestling team sealed a decade of dominance, as they won their tenth championship in a row at the 1A divisional tournament.

The Buckaroo mat men grabbed an early lead and held it throughout the day, leaving no chance of anyone catching them in the final round.  They finished the day with 262 points, distancing themselves from second place Wayne by 63 points.  

The Buckaroos were well represented in the finals with 11 wrestlers competing for a championship.  The Buckaroos also qualified 20 of their 21 team members for the State Tournament by placing in the top four in their weight class. 

Matt Beh and Colton Lewis represented the Buckaroos well at 106 pounds, as they faced off for the championship. Both earned wins by fall in the preliminary rounds.

In the finals, Beh defeated Lewis by fall to earn his first Divisional title with Lewis earning runner-up honors.

Zac Musselman won the 132 pound championship with a 9-2 win in the finals and a win by fall in the preliminary rounds.

At 145 pounds, Shandon Bradford earned a championship medal with a win by fall in the finals as well as the preliminary round.  

Buckaroo Paul DeAnda was the champion at 152 pounds, dominating his opponents and earning wins by fall in the first period of all three matches on the day.  

Parker Knudsen earned the 285 pound championship with an exciting win by fall in the finals.

Also earning a spot in the finals and bringing home second place medals were Steven Robinson at 120 pounds, Brayson Wilcox at 126 pounds, Thomas Anderson at 160 pounds, Justin Cecil at 170 pounds, and Nathan Moore at 220 pounds. All five Buckaroos earned exciting wins in their preliminary rounds to make their way to the finals, with Wilcox, Anderson, Cecil and Moore earning a win by fall and Robinson a 5-1 win.

Four Buckaroos, Tyler Draper, Gage Wilcox, Bryson Henderson and Clayton Westcott, each earned a win in the consolation finals, bringing home third place medals.

Draper, Wilcox and Henderson each earned a win by fall in the first round and came up short in round two. They fought back and all three won again by fall to earn their spot in the finals, where Wilcox and Henderson again won by fall. 

Draper defeated teammate Spencer Squires in the finals. Westcott lost a tough match in the first round, but had three exciting wins in a row by fall to earn his medal.

Earning a spot in the consolation finals and earning fourth place medals were Wyatt Fullmer, Kayden Draper, Spencer Squires, Tacovi Warren and Seamis Barrell. 

Fullmer, Draper, Squires and Warren each earned a win by fall in the first round, but suffered tough second round losses.  They each battled back to earn wins in a crucial consolation round and keep their state tournament hopes alive.   

Despite all his hard work, Buckaroo Reed Hedglin did not qualify for the State Tournament, finishing in fifth place in his weight class. Reed earned a win by fall in the second round, but fell to teammate Wyatt Fullmer in a crucial match that decided which Buckaroo would qualify for the tournament.

Hedglin never quit and finished strong with a win by fall in the match for fifth and sixth.

This weekend the Buckaroos will close out their season at the Utah State Wrestling Tournament at UVU in Orem.  The first round of 1A wrestling begins Friday at 3:30 p.m.
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