OREM — It's starting to almost become routinely easy these days for the Delta wrestling program. Once again, the Rabbits are ahead after the first day of the 3A wrestling tournament at Utah Valley University on Friday.
Delta, in pursuit of its fourth consecutive state title, accumulated a total score of 116.0 to push them past Payson's second-place effort (99.5).
"It's pretty amazing. Not many can say they've won four in a row," said Delta's Brock Lawrence. "We got to keep wrestling, focus on one match at a time and go out there and dominate."
Lawrence, a former resident of California, recently joined the Delta program last year in what was his first time ever throwing on a singlet. He would later describe how he has never seen such a successful program and attributed that to "mental toughness."
Entering the state tournament, the main area of concern was the lack of individual region champions Delta produced last week with only two medal winners: Dane Nielson (160) and Ryan Petersen (182).
That very well could be put to rest after eight players advanced to the semifinals for the Rabbits: Kohl Tolbert (106), Jose Garcia (113), Bracken Lovell (126), Blade Edwards (138), Tyler Nielson (152), Dane Nielson (160), Ryan Petersen (182) and Alex Martin (195).
Uintah (90.0), Wasatch (75.5), Bear River (75.0), Tooele (58.5), Cedar (57.0), Union (54.0), Hurricane (47.0) and Juab (47.0) rounded out the top 10 in a field of 25 programs.
Hurricane's Brian Scott continued to build upon his incredible senior season. The 220-pounder and class 3A MVP on the Tigers' championship football team, improved to 42-0 on the season. In the first round, Scott pinned Tooele's Daniel Aragon in 32 seconds, then followed suit with another pin in the second round. He'll face North Sanpete's Nyle Adamson.
Along with Scott, three others are still in contention to repeat as individual state champions: Cedar's Dusty Hone (103), Wasatch's Morgan Sweat (125) and Hurricane's Zach Prince (152).
Class 3A Wrestling
At Utah Valley University
1. Delta, 116.0; 2. Payson, 99.5; 3. Uintah, 90.0; 4. Wasatch, 75.5; 5. Bear River, 75.0; 6. Tooele, 58.5; 7. Cedar City, 57.0; 8. Union, 54.0; 9 (tie). Hurricane, 47.0; Juab, 47.0; 11. Desert Hills, 39.5; 12. Snow Canyon, 35.5; 13. Canyon View, 33.5; 14. Pine View, 27.0; 15 (tie). North Sanpete, 24.0; Stansbury, 24.0; 17. Dixie, 19.0; 18. Spanish Fork, 17.5; 19. Morgan, 13.0; 20. Carbon, 8.0; 21 (tie). Grantsville, 3.0; Juan Diego, 3.0; Park City, 3.0; 24. Ben Lomond, 2.0; 25. Ogden, 0.0.
106 — Caden Clyde, Wasatch vs. Kohl Tolbert, Delta; Josh Pettus, Hurricane vs. Joe Mondragon, Desert Hills.
113 — Logan Stewart, Stansbury vs. Jose Garcia, Delta; Dusty Hone, Cedar vs. Preston Stephenson, Wasatch.
120 — Garrett Sweat, Wasatch vs. Clay Reynolds, Uintah; Branson Ashworth, Spanish Fork vs. Dominic Kunder, Bear River.
126 — Morgan Sweat, Wasatch vs. Bracken Lovell; Mitch Brown, Payson vs. Robby Miner, Wasatch.
132 — Beau Blackham, Uintah vs. Kolby Lloyd, Cedar; Jed Mellen, Payson vs. Gaide Harding, Tooele.
138 — Anthony Small, Union vs. Blade Edwards, Delta; Zac Loveless, Payson vs. Devan Webb, Desert Hills.
145 — Kade Carrigan, Morgan vs. Dalton Harmon, Juab; Cole Ford, Payson vs. Kaylen Vickers, Stansbury.
152 — Dakotah Holmes, Uintah vs. Tyler Nielson, Delta; Zach Prince, Hurricane vs. Seth Manning, Tooele.
160 — Chet Boren, Uintah vs. Kaelen Loveless, Payson; Dane Nielson, Delta vs. Dalyn Bergman, Bear River.
170 — Zach Coffman, Tooele vs. Tag Baxter, Wasatch; Mason Williamson, Cedar vs. Steven Welsh, Union.
182 — Will Edler, Wasatch vs. Aaron Lee, North Sanpete; Ryan Petersen, Delta vs. Talon Bryan, Juab.
195 — Alex Martin, Delta vs. Dalton Judd, Payson; Cameron Williamson, Cedar vs. Josh Batin, Dixie.
220 — Keanyn Zundel, Bear River vs. Curtis Bulloch, Snow Canyon; Brian Scott, Hurricane vs. Nyle Adamson, North Sanpete.
285 — Jed Rich, Uintah vs. Sheydon John, Snow Canyon; Kalob Stevenson, Desert Hills vs. Cole Mair, Uintah.