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JDCHS wrestler wins state in girls 120-pound division

Feb 29, 2024 02:26PM ● By Catherine Garrett

Juan Diego Catholic High School’s Skyley Hanna won the 3A state title at the girls state championship Feb. 17 at the Sevier Valley Center. (Photos courtesy Zac Petereit)

Juan Diego Catholic High School Skyley Hanna won the girls 3A state wrestling title at 120 pounds at the Sevier Valley Center Feb. 17. The senior defeated Grantsville Bailey Rainer in the championship match. Avie Hernandez, competing in the 235-pound division, took third after defeating Manti’s Danelynn Castro in the third-place match. Tiffany Nguyen, at 125 pounds, also came in sixth with all three state placers helping the Soaring Eagle girls program to an eighth-place finish as a team. The boys finished in 16th place at the state event.

Hanna completed her dominating run at the state tournament with a bye in the first round and wins over Union’s Taylonna Garcia in the quarterfinals and Canyon View’s Marley Castaneda in the semis to reach the final. Hernandez also had a bye in the first round before earning wins over Union’s Jayci Wood in the quarters and Carbon’s Grace Lamb in the consolation semifinals. Nguyen’s wins at state were against Canyon View’s Kenzie McIntosh in the first round, Richfield’s Bailey Mooney in the second round of the consolation bracket and Ogden’s Cailyn Knighton in the third round of consolation.

Other state qualifiers on the girls side were Lana Chan, at 105 pounds, Savanna Findley (110 pounds), Natalia Cardenas (110 pounds), Erin Chan (120 pounds) and Ricky Brown (130 pounds).

Those helping the JDCHS boys take 16th were Mario Perez (126 pounds), Athan Gula (138 pounds), Corbin Buckley (165 pounds), Toby Hardin (175 pounds), Sebastian Ramirez (190 pounds), Manik Gill-Martin (215 pounds) and Loklan Cruz (285 pounds).

At the 3A Divisional A tournament at Uintah High School Jan. 31, Hanna and Hernandez both won their weight classifications and were named Outstanding Wrestlers for the lightweight and heavyweight divisions in helping the Juan Diego girls take fourth place.

Nguyen (third, 125 pounds), Erin Chan (fourth, 120 pounds), Lana Chan (fourth, 105 pounds), Findley (fifth, 110 pounds), Brown (fifth, 130 pounds) and Cardenas (sixth, 110 pounds) were also placers for the girls at Divisionals.

The boys finished seventh at the 3A Divisionals at Union High School Feb. 3, led by Perez—who took fourth at 126 pounds—along with Hardin (sixth, 175 pounds), Ramirez (sixth, 190 pounds), Gula (seventh, 138 pounds), Cruz (seventh, 285 pounds), Buckley (eighth, 165 pounds) and Gill-Martin (eighth, 215 pounds).