Buckaroos finish second in division tournament, qualify all 11 wrestlers for 1A state tournament

by Anna Fredericks
Contributing Writer
The Monticello High School wrestling team opened the postseason in their own gym, hosting the 1A Division B Tournament this past Friday, January 27.
At the end of a hard-fought day of wrestling, the Buckaroos finished in second place behind Altamont. As a team they qualified all 11 wrestlers for the state tournament.
Eight Buckaroos wrestled for division championships and at the end of the day three earned individual division championships.
In the finals, senior Treydon Harris was quick with an early takedown, earning a first period fall. Freshman Landon Shumway won an exciting match by fall to win a championship.
Joshua Wheeler earned a win by fall in the semifinal round to earn his spot in the finals, where he threw his opponent to his back very quickly to earn a pin.
Finishing with strong second-place medals were Ronnie Harris, Tyson Wheeler, Chandler Henderson, Javlin Robison, and Tavon Black.
In the semifinal round, Harris earned a win by fall and Wheeler earned a close 6-4 win over teammate Zac Thayn. Both Buckaroos were defeated by fall in the finals.
Henderson and Black each earned a win by fall in the semis before suffering defeat by fall in the finals. Robison had a strong win by major decision 9-0 in the semifinal round before being defeated in a tough final match 6-1.
Buckaroos earning third-place medals were Zac Thayn and Thomas Fullmer. Both were defeated in tough semifinal matches.
Thayn fought back in the consolation semis with a strong win by fall in the second period to punch his ticket to the state tournament. In the consolation finals he fought hard for an exciting 6-4 victory.
Fullmer had a big first period win by fall in the finals. Camren Carpenter earned a fourth-place medal after winning his second-round match by fall early in the first period.
Joshua Wheeler led all participants, earning two falls in a mere one minute, 14 seconds. Treydon Harris earned the fastest fall of the day, pinning his finals opponent in only 16 seconds.
Also in the top ten were Joshua Wheeler with a 24-second fall and Camren Carpenter with a 33-second fall.
The Buckaroos will take this week off before they travel to the 1A State Tournament on Friday and Saturday, February 10-11 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.

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