SPORTS - "Champs again! Jr. high wrestlers take state"

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COURTESY ARTICLE – By Ricky Hatch – Feb. 11, 2020


The Bear River Junior High wrestling program had a great year and capped it all off with two exciting state tournaments.

On Jan. 24-25, 2020, wrestlers traveled to Richfield for the 1-4A Junior High State championships. A total of 44 of local wrestlers battled it out for individual state titles in the finals.

Three wrestlers took home state titles. Kolt Kosoff (6th grade), Caleb Kort (8th grade) and Braegger Richard (9th grade) claimed those individual titles.

Max Anderson, Kyle Detwiler and Chet Kunzler earned second place finishes. Claiming third place finishes were Daxton Bingham, Jayden Stocking, Xander Lish and Daylon Sellers. Taking home fourth place finishes were Kimber Hess, Ruger Smith, Dustyn Deakin and Colby Smith.

Those wrestlers finishing in fifth place finishes were Cache Smith, Keaton Smith, Tyler Dennis and Vincent Fertig. Earning sixth place finishes were Cooper Branch, Jaxon Morgan, Blaiz Wright and Ruger Scott.

The entire team’s score was good enough for the Bears to bring home another state championship.

This was the junior high wrestling program’s fourth state championship win in the last five years, with a second-place finish in 2019.


Bear River Jr. High wrestlers - Jan. 25, 2020 - Photo by Ricky Hatch

Over the weekend of Feb. 8-9, 2020, the program had 16 wrestlers enter the Utah Youth Super State championships in Farmington. This a tournament where both school and clubs can compete.

The Bear River Junior High team had a very impressive 13 of the 16 wrestlers placed at the tournament.

One of the team’s highest placing winner was Tassie Hatch, one of the program’s female wrestlers. Hatch had a strong second place finish at the tournament.

Bear River Jr. High wrestlers Feb. 9, 2020 - Photo by Ricky Hatch

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