Madison’s Tyson Clark and Jaden Smith won their individual weights during the Bobcat’s wrestling invitational meet Friday and Saturday. Madison placed eighth as a team with Century edging out Thunder Ridge for the title by half of a point at 164 to 163.5. Sugar Salem took fifth as a team with Kyler Dalling and Kenneth Copley winning their weights for the Diggers. “It was great to be back on the mat,” Smith said after his championship match. “I had my knee operated on three weeks ago and I am out of shape and will focus on getting in shape for the rest of the season.” The 145-pound champion did not have an easy time as in his first match back against Blackfoot’s Tradyn Henderson, a bloody nose had to be taped shut for him to finish that bout. In his championship match, Highland, Utah’s Conner Straessler, pushed him forcing Smith to score an escape and a takedown in the last 40 seconds to win 10-6. Clark took the 138 championship by defeating Blackfoot’s Austin Despain, 7-4, for his first Madison Invitational title. “This is the first large tournament that I have won,” said the happy senior after collecting his gold medal. “Last year I won district, and this is the result of a little more dedication in the wrestling room; and a little more maturity.” Other placers for the Bobcats were Noah Ingram (126) and Orion Stokes (170) taking fourth and placing sixth were Diego Vergara (106) and Josh Benson at 120. One of the most exciting matches in the championship round was Sugar-Salem’s Dalling defeating Jerome’s Porter Wright in overtime. With 37 seconds left in the third round, Dalling was trailing 4-7 and was in the top position. Wright had been working the edge of the mat as a defense against any offensive move from Dalling. With the Sugar-Salem faithful fans yelling for stalling to be called, the official called Wright for stalling; when the wrestlers were moved back to the center, Wright again crawled to the edge of the match and was called for stalling with :07 left. As the match was restarted, Wright jumped to his feet and ran off the match and was penalized for “fleeing the match” tying the score at 7-7 with four seconds left. In overtime, Dalling continued to be aggressive and attack Wright getting a takedown in just :13 seconds to win the championship in sudden death. Placing for the Diggers were Dalling (220) and Copley (285) in first; Browning Bennion (182) took second with Tristen Brown (113), Bridger Norman (138) and Skyler Lerwill (152) taking fourth place. Madison will travel to Thunder Ridge for a conference dual meet on Tuesday before wrestling in the Tiger/Grizz tournament next Friday and Saturday at Skyline.

Madison’s Tyson Clark and Jaden Smith won their individual weights during the Bobcat’s wrestling invitational meet Friday and Saturday. Madison placed eighth as a team with Century edging out Thunder Ridge for the title by half of a point at 164 to 163.5. Sugar Salem took fifth as a team with Kyler Dalling and Kenneth Copley winning their weights for the Diggers.

“It was great to be back on the mat,” Smith said after his championship match. “I had my knee operated on three weeks ago and I am out of shape and will focus on getting in shape for the rest of the season.”

The 145-pound champion did not have an easy time as in his first match back against Blackfoot’s Tradyn Henderson, a bloody nose had to be taped shut for him to finish that bout. In his championship match, Highland, Utah’s Conner Straessler, pushed him forcing Smith to score an escape and a takedown in the last 40 seconds to win 10-6.

Clark took the 138 championship by defeating Blackfoot’s Austin Despain, 7-4, for his first Madison Invitational title.

“This is the first large tournament that I have won,” said the happy senior after collecting his gold medal. “Last year I won district, and this is the result of a little more dedication in the wrestling room; and a little more maturity.”

Other placers for the Bobcats were Noah Ingram (126) and Orion Stokes (170) taking fourth and placing sixth were Diego Vergara (106) and Josh Benson at 120.

One of the most exciting matches in the championship round was Sugar-Salem’s Dalling defeating Jerome’s Porter Wright in overtime. With 37 seconds left in the third round, Dalling was trailing 4-7 and was in the top position. Wright had been working the edge of the mat as a defense against any offensive move from Dalling.

With the Sugar-Salem faithful fans yelling for stalling to be called, the official called Wright for stalling; when the wrestlers were moved back to the center, Wright again crawled to the edge of the match and was called for stalling with :07 left. As the match was restarted, Wright jumped to his feet and ran off the match and was penalized for “fleeing the match” tying the score at 7-7 with four seconds left.

In overtime, Dalling continued to be aggressive and attack Wright getting a takedown in just :13 seconds to win the championship in sudden death.

Placing for the Diggers were Dalling (220) and Copley (285) in first; Browning Bennion (182) took second with Tristen Brown (113), Bridger Norman (138) and Skyler Lerwill (152) taking fourth place.

Madison will travel to Thunder Ridge for a conference dual meet on Tuesday before wrestling in the Tiger/Grizz tournament next Friday and Saturday at Skyline.