South Fremont won the 3A district VI tournament for the third year in a row Thursday. The Cougars scored 423.5 points outsourcing Sugar-Salem and Teton who scored 361.5 and 267.5 points.
“Overall, I feel like our guys were behind each other,” said South Fremont head coach Jed Clark. “They wrestled with a lot of heart. They’re fighters but we have a tough district. We have a lot of tough kids in our district.”
Eight Cougars placed first: Jaxton Packer(98), Ryker Simmons(113), Dillon Gneiting(132), Tuffy Briggs(138), Hunter Hobbs(152), River Eddins(170), David Overson(195) and Bo Ward(220).
Four placed second: David Green(106), Gustavo Caranza(120), Kolby Clark(145) and Kash Purser(182).
Seven placed third: Jace Batton(98), Jackson Coverley(152), Raiden Whitmore(138), Max Clark(160), Logan Hull(182), Carter Vining(195) and Neilsen Glascock(220).
South had multiple weight classes with two wrestlers in the top three including 98, 138, 152, 182 and 195.
“Our second guys are tough,” Clark said. “We’ve had a lot of young guys who have done well. A lot of freshmen or sophomores, who are behind an upperclassmen, or even someone their age but we can’t quite beat them. Everybody helped.”
Three Diggers placed first: Tristen Brown(126), Skyler Lerwill(160) and Cody Tillery(182).
Eight Diggers placed second: Kyler Singleton(132), Skyler Klingler(138), Daxtyn Zollinger(152), Brent Parkinson(160), Cruz Acevedo(170), McKay Tillery(195), Caden Dalling(220) and Braxton Peebles(285).
Four Diggers placed third: Aiden Meickle(106), Wyatt Harris (120), Bridger Norman(145) and Tukker Lerwill(170).
Last season 21 South Fremont wrestlers qualified for the state tournament. Twelve Cougars clinched spots in the state tournament by placing first or second in districts.
This year six Cougar wrestler were selected to wrestle in the state tournament as wild cards: Jace Batton(98), Jett Bower(113), Cutter Huff(145), Logan Hull(182), Carter Vining(195), Neilson Glascock.
Sugar-Salem qualified a total of 15 wrestlers. In addition to their 11 first or second placers: OP Ricks(98), Tucker Brown(98), Aiden Meikle(106) and Bridger Norman(145) qualified for the state tournament.
Typically, the state wrestling tournament spans two days. As a precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, state officials have elected to have all 3A state tournament matches take place on February 27.
Clark believes the change will most affect wrestlers who are cutting significant amounts of weight before state-tournament weigh-ins.
“Sometimes, on a two day tournament, they don’t have the semis until that next day,” Clark said. “Their really tough matches are on a day after they’ve made their last weigh in. So they can eat that night before and completely get hydrated. This is going to affect some kids.”
Clark said the Cougars don’t have many wrestlers who are cutting weight.
“I honestly feel like it works to our advantage,” Clark said. “We honestly don’t have a lot of guys who are cutting hard. We certainly have some that have to work at keeping their weight down. But, most of our guys don’t have to cut real hard. For us it’s an advantage because they’ll be fresh on the day of the tournament.”
Clark said his team, who has held the number-one spot in the 3A coaches poll since it came out, is about where he expected them to be coming into the season.
Despite his team’s proven ability and grit, Clark expects a battle next Saturday.
“There’s a lot of tough weights in our division,” Clark said. “3A’s really competitive. There’s a lot of tough teams. It’s going to be who shows up at state.”