Greg Lamb had a decision to make two years ago. Does he stay in familiar territory or move to unproven ground? His choice could lead to second guessing later on.
Eventually Lamb chose to help open the new school in his hometown. The decision made him the first individual male athlete to win a state championship for Corner Canyon, and the second overall individual champion.
Lamb won the 4A state title in wrestling when he took the championship match Feb. 12 at Utah Valley University.
“It’s kind of a humbling feeling to think that I am contributing to the legacy at Corner Canyon,” Lamb said.
The senior wrestler made it to the state tournament both years at Corner Canyon, wrestling at 138 lbs. both years. Lamb had previously taken third overall as a sophomore in the state 5A wrestling match in 2013.
But it was his fifth place finish at state as a junior that he credits to propelling him to the title.
“It was a maturity thing between the two years,” Lamb said. “I wanted it very badly, so I worked very hard all year.”
His work ethic paid off as he cruised through the wrestling season with a 41-5 record. He lived up to his favored ranking at divisionals, held the week prior at Roy High School. Lamb not only won his weight bracket, but was also named the tournament’s outstanding wrestler for the lower weights.
But despite all the preparation and the accolades, a few butterflies entered Lambs gut prior to the state match.
“I couldn’t sleep for a couple nights before State,” Lamb said. “It wasn’t until I stepped onto the mat that it all went away. I was home and was comfortable on the mat.”
Lamb took the first match with a pin of Jeff Eidem of Timpanogos, which put him up against what he considered would be his toughest match, a quarterfinal matchup with Box Elder’s Kyle Smith. Lamb took a decision win, 6-4.
“My divisionals had the best wrestlers in 4A,” Lamb said. “So I knew Smith was going to be tough. I was nervous for that match, but I knew I had the confidence in myself to do well. After that match I thought I could go all the way.”
Lamb pinned his final two competitors to take the title.
Corner Canyon won the region championship for wrestling as a team and sent several other wrestlers on to the state tournament.
Sophomore Shaun Stockwell finished third overall at State, making it to the semi finals at 220 lbs. before losing out and dropping into the consolation bracket. There Stockwell picked up two more victories to place third.
Senior Zack Rasmussen won his first match at State in the 145 lb. bracket before suffering a loss. He picked up two straight wins in the consolation rounds, but lost again in the fifth place match and finished sixth overall.
Drew Barnes also finished sixth overall. After losing the opening match in the 182 lb. bracket, the senior wrestler won three straight matches before losing again to place sixth.