CCHS wrestling squads fourth best at state tournamentMar 30, 2023 01:49PM ● By Catherine Garrett
Corner Canyon High sophomore Leimana Fager placed second in the 175-pound division at the 6A state wrestling championships Feb. 16 at Utah Valley University. (Photos courtesy Robin Simmons)
The Corner Canyon High wrestling teams finished fourth at the 6A state wrestling championships Feb. 15-16 at Utah Valley University behind three second-place finishes.
Sophomore Leimana Fager was runner-up in the boys 175-pound division while junior Isabella Morgan (145 pounds) and freshman Clarion Fager (170 pounds) came in second in title matches on the girls side.
“I’m really proud of the way our guys battled at the state tournament,” said CCHS boys coach Jeff Eure.
“We had our first two finalists this year which is a good step in the second year of being sanctioned. They did great and both of them could have won those matches,” said girls head coach John Fager. “All our girls wrestled awesome and fought hard, and we did better than last year placing eight girls this time.”
Leimana Fager defeated Farmington’s Cole Murray, Layton’s Elijah Hawes, Layton’s Ethan Hearne before losing to Herriman’s Carson Grundy in the title match.
Morgan beat Clearfield’s Brinlee Hamblin, Weber’s Addison Grant, Layton’s Haley Diaz to reach the championship against Westlake’s Emmy Finlinson.
Clarion Fager defeated West Jordan’s Kiowa Drave, teammate Midori Kano, Granger’s Matamoan Malohifoou before losing to Copper Hills’ Anya Hatch in the title match.
Other showings for the boys team—who placed 10 wrestlers this season, a program best—were senior Tyler Vivanco (third, 120 pounds), sophomore Payden Woolsey (third, 144 pounds), junior Collin Webb (third, 190 pounds), sophomore Kaydon Williams (third, 285 pounds), sophomore Hudson York (fourth, 106 pounds), senior Quinn Bedell (fifth, 132 pounds), junior Caleb Robinson (sixth, 165 pounds), senior Teancum Mitchell (sixth, 215 pounds) and sophomore Naimana Filivaolelei (sixth, 285 pounds) while freshman Liam Eller (120 pounds) and sophomore Nathan Holladay (215 pounds) also qualified for the 6A state tournament.
For the girls at state, sophomore Meleana Fager and junior Makayla Talauega both placed third at 135 pounds and 140 pounds, respectively, while sophomore Kate Donaldson (115 pounds), sophomore Olivia Byington (125 pounds), junior Amaya Kano (140 pounds) and senior Kamylle Nez (155 pounds) took fifth in their divisions. Also qualifying for state were senior Kate Scheuenemann (120 pounds), senior Catalina Giraldo (125 pounds), junior Isabelle Chambers (135 pounds) and junior Midori Kano (170 pounds).
Also on the CCHS boys squad that finished with a program-best 15 wins in its 21 dual meets this season were Byron Ahlstrom, Brayden Bath, Btayden Belote, Caleb Berg, Skylar Bills, Bryton Brady, Yitzhak Contreras, Gilbert Curry, Austin Du Priest, Ace Edmunds, Jagger Gamache, Logan Garner, Tomasi Hasson, Quinn Hawker, Charles Horman, Milo Jonas, Rodney King, Deken Knowles, Trofym Krystkaliuj, Bridger Matthews, Oliver McMillan, Rudger Nichols, Kyle Nye, Gabriel Ortiz, Jayden Pearce, Connor Preece, Rylan Quintana, Roman Rowell, Bentley Smith, Kaigan Solberg, Mitchell Ward and Kolton Williams.
Eure was assisted on the coaching staff this season by Greg Lamb, Mark Thomas, Brandon Watts, Kyle Smith, Matt Hood, Alex Montbriand, Zane Rasmussen, Derek Malan and Adam Ostrander.
Other girls on the team were Scout Askar, Gwen Curry, Ally Larson, Kalia Ochoa and Natalia Robles.
Coach Fager, was assisted by his wife Rowanna Fager, Brandon Watts, Adam Ostrander and Salote Toa Palu Filivao on the girls staff this year.
“Year in and year out our program continues to get better and the future is bright,” Eure said.
“Both of our teams return a lot of state placers next season,” said coach Fager. “The boys and girls teams both have a good chance of holding a trophy next year.”