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CCHS wrestling working hard on the mat

Feb 02, 2023 02:40PM ● By Catherine Garrett

The Corner Canyon High wrestling team had several winners and placers at the Viewmont Invitational in December. (Photo courtesy Jeff Eure)

Corner Canyon High senior Tyler Vivanco, who was second at the 6A state wrestling championships a year ago after winning the title in 2021 at 113 pounds, has been back leading the Chargers on the mat this season along with four other state placers. Senior Tank Mitchell, who was also a runner-up at state last winter at 215 pounds, as well as fellow top-six state finishers in sophomore Mana Fager, at 175 pounds, senior Quinn Bedell, at 126 pounds, and sophomore Payden Woolsey, at 132 pounds have also been key returners for the CCHS team. 

Head coach Jeff Eure also noted sophomore Nai Filivaolelei, who placed eighth at the Greco- Roman All-American tournament in Fargo, North Dakota this summer, two-time state qualifier Collin Webb, Caleb Robinson, Kayden Williams and Hudson York as other key wrestlers that have been contributing heavily for Corner Canyon along with freshmen Liam Eller leading a class of incoming ninth graders that are 17 deep.

So far this season, the junior varsity and varsity squads won the Turkey Brawl at Jordan High School Nov. 22-23 to begin the year.

At the Layton Invite Dec. 2-3, Vivanco won the 120-pound division in leading the varsity team to a fifth-place showing among 34 teams. For the fifth-place girls squad, Kate Donaldson won the 115-pound beginner girls, Catalina Giraldo won the 125-pound beginner girls and Meleana Fager topped the 140-pound girls categories. Junior Kyle Nye, at 157 pounds, won for the 10th-place JV team.

First-place winners at the Corner Canyon Duals Dec. 9-10 were sophomore Bryton Brady (148-162 pound JV), Olivia Byington (129-136 pound girls), Clarion Fager (158-178 pound girls), Meleana Fager (139-148 pound girls), sophomore Dawson Jones (143-151 pound JV), sophomore Deken Knowles (130-139 pound JV), Isabella Morgan (149-162 pound girls), freshman Jayden Pearce (187-195 pound JV), freshman Roman Rowell (112-123 pound JV rookie) and Makayla Talauega (135-140 pound girls).

The JV team took first and the varsity team took third at the tournament.

At the Viewmont Invitational, the varsity team placed sixth out of 14 teams while the JV squad came in fourth among 13 teams. Varsity winners were Vivanco, Bedell (132 pounds) and Woolsey (150 pounds) while sophomore Brayden Bath (113 pounds), junior Yitzhak Contreras (190 pounds) and Nathan Holladay (215 pounds) won for JV.

At the Richardson Memorial Tournament Jan. 6-7, varsity came in ninth out of 24 teams and JV finished 14th out of 21 teams.

Contreras won the 190-pound division at the Redhawk Rumble Jan. 13-14 in leading the JV squad to a fifth-place finish as a team.

Corner Canyon is also scheduled to face Alta in the Battle of the Shield, Lone Peak, Payson, Westlake, Pleasant Grove and Skyridge along with competing at an Idaho Falls Tournament at the end of January. Divisions will be held Feb. 3-4 with state being held Feb. 13 for JV and Feb. 15-16 for the varsity ranks.

Also on the 2022-23 team are seniors Gustavo Garcia, Thomas Ord, Daniel Su and Kolton Williams; juniors Skylar Bills, Gilbert Curry, Triston Eschweiler, Quinn Hawker, Rodney King, Sitani Mafi, Connor Preece, Rylan Quintana and Mitchell Ward; sophomores Byron Ahlstrom, Bayden Belote, Caleb Berg, Austin Du Priest, Jagger Gamache, Oliver McMillan, Noah Nahoopii, Wilson Numbers and Gabriel Ortiz; freshmen Cole Bonham, Eli Borg, Ace Edmunds, Logan Garner, Tomasi Hasson, Charles Horman, Milo Jonas, Rofym Krytskaliuk, Bridger Matthews, Rudger Nichols, Bentley Smith, Kyle Suchar, Drew Towner and Mason Wood.

“We need to stay focused and work hard to achieve our goals this year,” said Eure.