CCHS wrestlers win three state titlesMar 22, 2021 04:07PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Corner Canyon’s Brigham Bagley won the 126-pound division at the 6A state tournament Feb. 19 at Corner Canyon High School. (Photos courtesy Jeff Eure)
By Catherine Garrett | [email protected]
Corner Canyon High senior Kam Moss won his second consecutive state title at the 6A state wrestling championships Feb. 19 which were held in the Chargers home arena, this time in the 170-pound division. Sophomore Tyler Vivanco also won in the 113-pound category while junior Brigham Bagley took home the crown at 126 pounds to help lead the Chargers to a sixth-place finish as a team.
“We are extremely proud of our team’s performance in the state tournament,” head coach Jeff Eure said. “Producing three state champions is a great accomplishment for our program as we continue to build tradition.”
Moss defeated Pleasant Grove’s Jake Closson and Lone Peak’s Kadin Stosich in the first two rounds before winning against Syracuse’s Zachary Phipps in the semifinals and then faced his “toughest match” with Skyridge’s Cayaen Smith in the 170-pound final where he won 4-1.
“It feels really good to have won again,” Moss said. “It was definitely a different year with things being canceled and the atmosphere at state was even different and then I felt like I had a target on my back this year because I had won before.”
Vivanco beat Skyridge’s Nikolas Jepperson and Westlake’s Trey Thompson before defeating teammate Gavin Gappmayer in the semifinals and then Pleasant Grove’s Jacob Carson to win the 6A title in the 113- pound division.
“It feels pretty good to have won,” Vivanco said. “Staying aggressive in every match and sticking with my game plan and my style of wrestling were what I really focused on and was able to do.”
Bagley defeated teammate Quinn Bedell in the first round and then Syracuse’s Sutton Brown before Bingham’s Banks Love in the semifinals and Herriman’s Gage Ogden in the final match at 126 pounds.
“Winning state is one of the best feelings ever, knowing that my dream has finally become a reality,” Bagley said. “I had to just trust my training and make sure that I controlled the entire match and got ahead early.”
Gappmayer also took fourth in the 113-pound weight classification with Bradley Critchfield placing sixth in the 220-pound division.
Kam Moss, the son of Mike and Andrea Moss of Draper, took third at 132 pounds as a freshman and then sixth at 152 pounds while wrestling for Bingham High. Last year, he won the 160-pound division in his first season at Corner Canyon. This season, he overcame a back injury that made him miss most of the season, participating in just 13 matches before his final state appearance. The win brings the total number of state titles within his household to eight as two older brothers were also multiple state winners.
“They’ve put a lot of effort into working with me, especially Kade [who was a four-time state winner while at Bingham],” Moss said. “My coaches and training were also keys to me coming out on top.”
Vivanco, the son of Fernando and Jennifer Vivanco of Draper, has been wrestling since the third grade and became more serious about the sport when he started winning a few years ago. Last year, at ninth-grade state he placed fourth in the 106-pound division.
“Wrestling has taught me that what you get is what you put in,” Vivanco said. “No one’s going to give you a trophy.”
Bagley, the son of Robert and Trisha Bagley of Draper started wrestling 10 years ago after his dad introduced him to the sport he had participated in. “I’ve come to love it and the lessons that it teaches,” Bagley said and added that he has learned so much about commitment and hard work by competing on the mat.
“It’s taught me how going to practice every single day and working as hard as you can really pays off in the end and I feel like it really does prepare me for the future,” Bagley said.
At the Divisionals prior to the 6A tournament Feb. 3 at Syracuse High School, Vivanco, Bagley and Moss also won their divisions in leading Corner Canyon to a third-place showing as a team. Other top placers for the Chargers were state qualifiers Gappmayer (third, 113 pounds), Cameron Clark (third, 182 pounds), Collin Webb (fourth, 170 pounds), Teancum Mitchell (fourth, 220 pounds), Critchfield (sixth, 200 pounds), Isaac Lewis (seventh, 138 pounds), Brody Ross (seventh, 182 pounds), Noah Archuleta (eighth, 120 pounds) and Xavier Ranuio (eighth, 132 pounds).
Also on the 2020-21 CCHS squad are Dawsen Anderson, Abraham Aponte, Quinn Bedell, Alexander Beseiso, Landon Bethers, Brandtson Bijou, Mason Burden, Gilbert Curry, Jaden Gamache, Warren Gutches, McKay Hanson, Cade Harbin, Quinn Hawker, Pierce Hendrickson, Kayden Jensen, Chase Johnson, Isaac Lake, Isai Madsen, Bryan Miner, Nicholas Pollock, Connor Preece, Xavier Ranuio, Caleb Robinson, Joshua Sanderson, Paxton Sorenson, Ashton Stoddard, Ezekiel Taylor, Mitchell Ward, Collin Webb and Max Whittaker.