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SPORTS - "Tournament of Champions Brings Home All-American Titles for Bear River"


Sadie Hardy, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Rachel Epling, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

BEAR RIVER HIGH - By Cari Doutre, Headliner Publisher, December 24, 2022


Only two and half points separated the Bear River High girls' wrestling team from this year's championship team at the 2022 Reno Tournament of Champions on December 17.


That's a big deal for a small rural high school in northern Utah. A really big deal.


With 48 high school girls' wrestling teams from across the country coming to compete in one of the biggest and most prestigious wrestling tournaments of the year, the Reno Tournament of Champions was unlike anything the Bear River High's girls wrestling team has ever seen before.


Varsity wrestlers boarded an Amtrak train headed to Reno to compete in this one-day tournament held at the Reno Event Center and when they headed home four of them earned an All-American title; seniors Sadie Hardy, Bretlee Potter and Abigail Trayhorn and junior Rachel Epling.


Taking on some of the toughest opponents they've ever seen on the wrestling mat, Epling and Trayhorn finished in 3rd place and Hardy and Potter finished in 4th place in their respective brackets.


"It built up the confidence of all these girls knowing they can compete against anyone," said Jason Bingham, Bear River High girls' wrestling head coach. "I'm so proud of them."


The Allen High School (Allen, Texas) girls' wrestling team took home this year's title at the Reno Tournament of Champions.


While the varsity wrestlers were in Reno, junior varsity girls took on the Jody Warren Tournament at Weber High School on December 17, where they took 2nd place overall as team and brought home plenty of top six placements as well. Full results can be found below.


Overall, it's been a busy season for the entire girls' wrestling team as they hosted their annual Bear River Duals on December 10, where they ousted the competition all together - Mountain Crest High included.


Four of the state's top six high school girls' wrestling teams attended the event including the Mustangs (4A state champions last year) and 6A's Copper Hills High (2nd place in state last year). Bear River High's two teams (varsity and junior varsity) dominated over six other schools there that day with the varsity wrestlers team taking 1st place. Full results can be found below.


Up next for the Bear River High girls' wrestling team is a Region 11 dual meet at Green Canyon High on January 3.


Bear River Duals (December 10)


Bear River Team 1 (varsity):

  • Bear River 51, Mountain Crest (Team 2) 27

  • Bear River 66, Ridgeline 17

  • Bear River 54, Syracuse 30

  • Bear River 63, Layton 18

  • Bear River 66, Blackfoot (Idaho) 17

Bear River Team 2 (JV):

  • Mountain Crest 72, Bear River 6

  • Northridge 48, Bear River 30

  • Bear River 54, Copper Hills 24

  • Copper Hills (2) 66, Bear River 12

  • West 30, Bear River 27

Team Results:

  • 1st Place - Bear River 1

  • 2nd Place - Mountain Crest 2

  • 3rd Place - Layton

  • 4th Place - Blackfoot

  • 5th Place - Ridgeline

  • 6th Place - Copper Hills 2

  • 7th Place - Syracuse

Bear River Individual Results:

  • 115 - Bella Gunderson, 5-0

  • 125 - Samara Ward, 5-0

  • 170 - Eve Allsup, 5-0

  • 145 - Abigail Trayhorn, 4-0

  • 235 - Bretlee Potter, 4-0

  • 115 - Livia Meeds, 3-0

  • 190 - Sydnee Nielsen, 2-0

  • 125 - Jocephine Tanner, 4-1

  • 130 - Janessa Esquivel, 4-1

  • 145 - Emma Peterson, 4-1

  • 155 - Rhees Hatch, 3-1

  • 120 - Addison Call, 3-2

  • 140 - Rachel Nelson, 3-2


Jody Warren Tournament (December 17)

  • 1st Place - Emma Peterson

  • 2nd Place - Crislyn Potter

  • 2nd Place - Rachel Nelson

  • 3rd Place - Hadley Carrigan

  • 3rd Place - Livia Meeds

  • 3rd Place - Hazlee Reeder

  • 4th Place - Addy Doutre

  • 4th Place - Makynlie Nelson

  • 4th Place - Tabitha Hansen

  • 5th Place - Dylan Randall

  • 5th Place - Rylee Yeates

  • 5th Place - Boston Harding

  • 5th Place - Lexy Lund

  • 6th Place - Chloee Reeder

  • 6th Place - Payton Wood

  • 6th Place - Ellie Rigby

Bear River 54, Northridge 28 (December 7)

  • 100 - Sadie Hardy (Fall)

  • 115 - Bella Gunderson (Fall)

  • 120 - Addison Call (Fall)

  • 125 - Samara Ward (Fall)

  • 145 - Abigail Trayhorn (Fall)

  • 155 - Rhees Hatch (Fall)

  • 170 - Eve Allsup (Fall)

  • 190 - Sydnee "Sydvicious" Nielsen (Fall)

  • 235 - Bretlee Potter (Fall)

Photos by John Fronk, Lexy Lund and Drew Nielson

Bretlee Potter, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Sydnee "Sydvicious" Nielson, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Rachel Nelson, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Janessa Esquivel, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Samara Ward, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Sadie Hardy, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Samara Ward, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Addison Call, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Addison Call, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Dylan Randall, December 10, 2022 - Photo by John Fronk

Reno Tournament of Champions, December 17, 2022 - Photo by Drew Nielsen

Kate Bunce, December 17, 2022 - Photo by Drew Nielsen

Janessa Esquivel, December 17, 2022 - Photo by Drew Nielsen

Sydnee Nielsen, December 17, 2022 - Photo by Drew Nielsen

Bretlee Potter, December 17, 2022 - Photo by Drew Nielsen

Rachel Epling and Coach Jason Bingham, December 7, 2022 - Photo by Lexy Lund

Coaches Graeson Bingham and Jason Bingham, December 7, 2022 - Photo by Lexy Lund

December 7, 2022 - Photo by Lexy Lund

December 7, 2022 - Photo by Lexy Lund







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