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Corner Canyon wrestlers boast three state champions; teams place third

Feb 29, 2024 02:28PM ● By Catherine Garrett

Corner Canyon High’s Kaydon Williams won the 6A state wrestling championship at 285 pounds Feb. 17 at Utah Valley University. His finish helped the boys Chargers team to third place, its highest finish in program history. (Photos courtesy Robin Simmons)

Corner Canyon High’s Clarion Fager, Mana Fager and Kaydon Williams won 6A state titles in their respective weight classifications at the girls and boys state wrestling tournament Feb. 17 at Utah Valley University. 

Clarion Fager, wrestling at 170 pounds, was named the Outstanding Wrestler in the 6A Upper Weights at the meet for her performance while her brother Mana received the same award on the boys side for his run through four championship rounds at 190 pounds. Williams also ran the table in the 285-pound championship bracket.

“We had a good state tournament,” said boys coach Jeff Eure, who is in his 11th year at CCHS. “I’m really proud of our team for finishing third, which is the best we have finished in program history. I’m happy for Clarion, Mana and Kaydon. They have worked hard to reach the top of the podium.”

After a first-round bye, Clarion Fager defeated Weber’s Lydia Jessen in the quarterfinals, Farmington’s Lydia Frandsen in the semis and Syracuse’s Ashlyn Packer in the championship match. Mana Fager had wins over Lone Peak’s Atticus Rodriguez in round one, Copper Hills’ Logan Buckner in the quarters, Riverton’s Gage Watt in the semifinals and Pleasant Grove’s Trevyn Gates in the finals. Williams beat Pleasant Grove’s Lincoln Willoughby in the first round, Westlake’s Deron Cofer in the quarterfinals, Lone Peaks’ Jared Smith in the semis and Layton’s Takoa Byrd in the title match.

Also placing for the third-place boys squad were Tanner Telford, who was second at 106 pounds, along with Collin Webb (third, 215 pounds ), Hudson York (fifth, 113 pounds), Caleb Robinson (sixth, 175 pounds) and Nathan Holladay (sixth, 285 pounds).

Others competing at state were Kacen Jones (106 pounds), Hunter Hurl (113 pounds), Brayden Bath (126 pounds), Karl Ledbetter (132 pounds), Liam Eller (138 pounds), Lincoln Eure (114 pounds), Payden Woolsey (150 pounds), Gage Brady (157 pounds), Kyle Nye (157 pounds), Deken Knowles (165 pounds), Tolu Fiaui (190 pounds) and Yitzhak Contreras (215 pounds).

For the girls team who finished third, Bella Morgan was second at 155 pounds with Kinsey Byrge (third, 145 pounds), Midori Kano (fourth, 125 pounds), Olivia Byington (fourth, 130 pounds), Mele Fager (fourth, 140 pounds), Gwen Curry (fourth, 190 pounds), Emerson Purser (sixth, 105 pounds), Amaya Kano (sixth, 135 pounds ) and Ava Morgan (sixth, 155 pounds) also placing. Gweneth Smart (135 pounds), Isabelle Chambers (145 pounds) and Makayla Walden (235 pounds) also competed at state for the girls.

At the Divisional A tournament at Syracuse High School Feb. 3, the boys took second place behind Mana Fager’s win at 190 pounds. Also top-eight at divisionals were Telford (second, 106  pounds), York (second, 113 pounds), Robinson (second, 175 pounds), Woolsey (second, 150 pounds), Webb (second, 215 pounds), Williams (second, 285 pounds), Ledbetter (fourth, 132 pounds), Jones (fourth, 106 pounds), Brady (fifth, 157 pounds), Holladay (fifth, 285 pounds), Eller (sixth, 138 pounds), Knowles (sixth, 165 pounds), Hurl (seventh, 113 pounds), Bath (seventh, 126 pounds), Nye (seventh, 157 pounds), Contreras (seventh, 215 pounds), Lincoln Eure (eighth, 144 pounds) and Fiaui (eighth, 190 pounds).

For the girls at the 6A Divisional B event Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at Westlake High School, Meleana Fager, Morgan and Clarion Fager won their respective weight classes to help the girls take third as a team. Other top placers at divisionals were Purser (second, 105 pounds), Kano (second, 125 pounds), Byrge (second, 145 pounds), Curry (second, 190 pounds), Byington (third, 130 pounds), Kano (third, 135 pounds), Morgan (third, 155 pounds), Chambers (fifth, 145 pounds), Walden (fifth, 235 pounds) and Smart (seventh, 135 pounds).

“The girls did great at divisionals,” said girls coach John Fager. “We scored a lot more points than last year which means that even though we qualified the same number of girls that we did last year and had the same number of champs we had last year, the rest of the girls earned higher placers. It was a good improvement. We also had a number of girls beat girls that they had multiple losses to during the season.”

“As a coaching staff, we are excited about the future,” said boys coach Eure. “Our young wrestlers gained valuable experience at the state tournament this year. With a dedicated offseason I believe we can contend for a trophy next year!” λ