ST. GEORGE – Snow Canyon leaped to a huge lead with its lightweights, but Pine View’s middleweights clawed back for the 37-35 duel win.
The likes of Colton Davis, Tanner Wilde, Christian Case, Kody Hafen, Trent Wilson and Seth Rogers propelled Snow Canyon to a 29-0 advantage early on.
In the 138 weight class, Rogers battled Pine View’s Micah Burke to a tight match that carried into the third period. Rogers finished off Burke with a double-leg take down that led to a pin.
Then the Panthers turned it all around to cruise to victory. Liam Williams started the rally in the 145 weight class by pinning Snow Canyon’s Weston Jeppson in the second period. Jaden Peterson followed that with a 12-4 win over Snow Canyon’s Caleb Wombach in 152.
That set up the match of the night between Snow Canyon’s Levi Bishop and Pine View’s Hunter Williams.
The two wrestlers battled to a 12-12 score late in the third period with Bishop having the advantage after a reversal. Time winded down, and Bishop would have had the chance to get the match into an overtime period, but he went for the win instead.
He reached to try and flip Hunter Williams over for a near fall that would have won the match, but Hunter Williams took advantage of Bishop’s opening on the attempt. Hunter Williams flipped him around the reversal and then scored a three-point near fall as the clock expired — 17-12, Hunter Williams.
“There was a shift in weight, and he popped out,” Hunter Williams said. “He was letting up, and I had to pick at his weaknesses. He’s stronger than I am because I usually wrestle 152, so he had weight on me, and he was quick, too. I had to play smart and choose my moves.”
Snow Canyon coach Nick Lang said Hunter Williams and all the Panthers are great wrestlers. Hunter Williams won the match for Pine View on an opportunity given by Bishop.
“It’s that quote, ‘Luck is when hard work meets opportunity,’” Lang said. “That one instance in his match won the duel for his team.”
Lang said he loved the efforts from Wilde and Rogers to win their matches, especially Rogers in his first varsity season.
“He showed up and wanted to win. He wrestled to win,” Lang said. “It was a big win for the team and a confidence boost for him.”
The momentum carried as Pine View won every match except the heavyweight class.
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