Wednesday , February 07, 2018 - 8:34 PM
OREM — Parker Frasure had a choice last year. Either he could wrestle at the junior varsity level for Viewmont, or wrestle as a varsity 106-pounder despite weighing just 90 pounds.
He chose the latter, which didn’t yield much short-term success. But it might pay off this season.
Frasure is 31-0 and will wrestle in Thursday’s semifinals of the 6A/5A Wrestling State Championships at Utah Valley University after pinning his two foes — Skyridge’s Lance Roberts and Box Elder’s Wyatt Romriell — during day one action Wednesday.
A difficult year of wrestling kids 10-plus pounds heavier than him has turned Frasure into one of the Vikings’ best wrestlers.
“I learned a lot last year. I learned how to be in better position, I learned that you need to wrestle a perfect match because that’s the only way I could win last year,” Frasure said.
Frasure took 55 seconds to pin his first-round opponent. Later against Romriell, Frasure was the aggressor early and scored a pin with 25 seconds left in the first period.
That’s the difference when you’re wrestling kids your own size.
“I feel a lot stronger than I did last year, faster and just different things like that,” Frasure said. “I’m better from last year knowing, like, different moves and balance. Last year, I had to be really fast and it’s helped me become way faster for this year.”
The Region 5 champion Vikings surprised many by not just leading Wasatch in the team standings, but by holding a 164 to 112.5 lead over the Wasps with Box Elder (95 points) a distant third.
Box Elder's Brock Hardy is through at 145. Gets another pin in the 2nd period, leading 12-5 pic.twitter.com/rPhnhVbef2— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) February 7, 2018
Viewmont was looked at as a team that could end Wasatch’s three-year hold on the state championship trophy (albeit in 4A before the most recent realignment).
With 14 wrestlers battling in Thursday’s semifinals, there’s more than a fair chance that could happen.
Layton’s Barraclough has new approach as he chases 3rd title
Layton junior Terrell Barraclough is going for his third individual state title this year after wins the past two years at 113 and 120 pounds. He has plenty of experience winning and keeping his nerve, but his approach has changed.
“Right before my match, I’m just thinking, ‘what am I grateful for?’ My parents, my coaches, my opponent, that I have a healthy body,” he said.
The 126-pounder breezed through his matches Wednesday, first winning by technical fall (16-0) against Hillcrest’s Richard Abbott before scoring a major decision against Granger’s Luke Wamsley.
“In the past, I’ve kind of focused on winning but just some of the things my coaches have taught me...the next step to become better is to be grateful for the things that I have,” Barraclough said.
Layton will need him and its other seven semifinalists to find the magic potion if the Lancers want to defend their team crown.
Pleasant Grove led Layton 128.5 to 105.5 in the team standings, but Herriman was very close behind with 105 and Syracuse had 93.5 points.
Lower weights driving Fremont
Fremont checked in at sixth place after day one with lower-weight wrestlers doing most of the damage.
The Silver Wolves have two semifinalists at 113 pounds — Mason Denton and Tayton Bennett — and two more at 120 pounds, Kegan Leatherow and Coalton Jackson.
Having a couple of strong weight classes doesn’t do much good in dual matches, but it can really help at state tournaments where two teammates could meet in the finals and score a lot of points.
“I think our lower weights are definitely really strong and we should have most everyone in the finals,” Jackson said. “And we have a lot of guys coming in next year that are going to be good in our lower weights, too.”
Jackson’s second-round match against American Fork’s Hayden Wilson almost went down to the wire with the score tied 2-2 as the clock hit 1:20 left in the third period.
Then he swung Jackson around for a takedown, added a near fall around 20 seconds later and picked up two more points right before the match ended to win 8-3.
“It’s my senior year, so I’m just trying to go out there and do my best and finish the year off right,” he said.
Leatherow, Bennett and Denton were all dominant in their first two matches, each scoring a pin and a technical fall.
Weber’s Briskey dominates without ‘lucky’ headband
Weber wrestler Brady Briskey couldn’t find his black Nike headband. One of his friends took it out of his bag and the headband was missing.
It wouldn’t be a big deal to some since it’s just a headband, but to Briskey, that’s his lucky headband, part of his routine before matches that frames his mind in the right place.
Maybe he won’t need it after all, as he easily advanced to Thursday’s semifinals where he’ll look to defend his 285-pound championship from last year.
“I had (the headband) when I won state last year and went to nationals and training and everything,” Briskey said. “I’m good now, I think I’ll be just fine.”
If you blinked, you missed Briskey’s first match where he pinned Copper Hills’ Carson Merrill in just 20 seconds. Later, he pinned Pleasant Grove’s Sam Carson in the second period.
Carson was called for stalling as Briskey tried several times to execute an underhook, which he finally did at the end of the second period to finish him off.
Area 6A wrestlers in Thursday’s semifinals
Layton: Aiden Harris, Terrell Barraclough, Isaac Fisher, Tyson Humphreys, Canyon Brann, Alec Bolingbroke, Weston Memmott, Jon Hunt
Syracuse: Bridger Ostler, Samuel Sprehn, Jayden Burton, Tucker Bartels, Robert George, Kaden Montano
Fremont: Mason Denton, Tayton Bennett, Kegan Leatherow, Coalton Jackson, Jeff Hardy, Weston Warr
Weber: Brady Briskey, Zach Durbano, Lochlan Pearce
Davis: Dan Waddoups, Trendon Dunn, Parker Coffey
Area 5A wrestlers in Thursday’s semifinals
Viewmont: Parker Frasure, Karson Rees, Jeremy Evans, Jameson Burnett, Shion Abe, Lorince Essig, Joshua Kim, Jackson Coyle, Collin Smith, Cameron Brown, Tyson Zesiger, Duncan Purpura, Taylor Money, Andrew Bargeron
Box Elder: Brock Hardy, Garrett Ricks, Ryan Gunn, Colton Ward
Bountiful: Jonathan Hansen, Morgan Fultz
Roy: Gage Sackett, Donald Butler
Woods Cross: Brandon Ehlers
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