CEDAR CITY – On the opening day of the 2015 Irontown Duels wrestling tournament, the mission of the teams was basic and simple.
Stay healthy, stay tenacious, and be strong on the mat.
For host Canyon View on Friday, there were bumps and bruises to endure, but Kasey Robinson provided a highlight with a closing pin over Bryton Shepherd of Salem Hills.
The Falcons may have been routed 63-10 by the 4A Skyhawks, but head coach Dallas Lowry was full of praise for his 120-pound wrestler’s effort.
“He has a real chance to be our first state champion. I honestly believe that,” Lowry said. “Gotta believe from the bottom up. He’s a freshman and he’s absolutely amazing.”
Canyon View added wins over North Sanpete and South Sevier, but had to deal with additional concerns because of injuries.
“We’re down three wrestlers because of concussions,” Lowry said. “One has a broken foot. I’m frustrated, but we’ll be fine.”
Crosstown rival Cedar matched Canyon View’s 2-1 record on the day with duel victories over Cheyenne of Las Vegas and South Sevier, but they were no match for Salem Hills, who beat the Redmen by a 56-20 count.
Dallin Brooks was a standout for Cedar at 170 pounds, sweeping three matches by pin, major decision and forfeit. Head coach Chris Hone said the All-Star tournament participant was strong on the day overall.
“Dallin wrestled really well in his matches,” Hone said.
Dallin Grover was also strong at 138 for the Redmen along with Sandin Stokes at 106. Both wrestlers swept their matches, including had a pair of pins and a major decision by Grover and a pin and major decision by Stokes to go along with a forfeit win.
Hone said the key for success for Cedar to have a chance to win the team trophy after today’s duels comes down to a bit of a motivational kickstart.
“We just have to come out and be a little more alert, a little more ready,” Hone said. “We’re wrestling good and coming along good, but we need to pick up the pace a little bit.”
Among the other Region 9 teams participating at the tournament, Hurricane and Snow Canyon won all three of its duels while Dixie beat Clark High of Las Vegas and South Sevier, then faced an independent team. The results of that match were not available.
Action wraps up with three more duel matches for the teams starting at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Falcons’ Nest.
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