KAMAS – By Cari Doutre – Jan. 29, 2020
While 25 Bear River wrestlers made it to the podium at the High Country Classic at South Summit High last weekend, four of those stood the tallest in their weight division capturing an individual first place finish.
Those individual finishes were strong enough for the Bears to take a first place overall team finish with 278 points, a 56 point lead over second place finishers, Altamont High.
Trenton Ward (106), a junior at Bear River High, took first place pinning Gatlen Farnsworth from Altamont in the finals, bringing his overall season record to 40-1. In that same division freshman Max Miller took fifth overall.
In third place in their weight division, Kayden Ward (113) defeated his teammate Tyson Hirschi in their final match, 5-2. Kaaloa Southwick also made the podium at 113, taking fifth place.
River Smith defeated his Bear River teammate, Dilon Wright in the 120 finals. Smith pinned Wright for the win.
Zack Folkman (126) took second place while Dustin Douglas, also 126, took fourth place. At 132 Kamryn Rees took second place and teammate Brayden Wolfe finished the same division in fifth place.
Junior Corbin Kierstead (138) finished in third place. Cael Wilcox (145) took second place and senior Easton Winward (152) finished the tournament in third place. Kaeson Burn (152) took fifth place.
Senior Maverik Skinner (160) took second place with Kwade Kosoff, also at 160, finishing in fourth place. Porter Tackett (170) also made it to the final match and ended up taking second place.
Senior Tyler Howard topped the podium at 182, finishing in first place after pinning Xander Lindsey from South Summit in the finals. Braxton Christensen (182) took fourth place.
At 195 Paxton Smith took second place and Rusty Smith finished in third place in the same division. Zach Phillips (220) took third place and Carson Pond (220) took fifth place.
Freshman Jeshua Koch (285) beat Drew Dennison from Pleasant Grove in a close 2-1 overtime match for the title in that weight division.