On Saturday night before a big crowd at the UCCU Center in Orem, CV finally earned its moment in the sun courtesy of sophomore 132-pounder Brady Lowry.
Lowry put together four pins and didn’t have to work the length of a full match over two days to become the first state champion in school history. Three of Lowry’s teammates – Cole Lake, Chris Ball and Tyler Haley – also earned medals, but the biggest benefit of the historic win has been built up for a long time by Lowry’s dad and head coach.
“The whole team started with our bantam program, kindergarten through second grade,” Dallas Lowry said. “Now that they’re in high school, it’s starting to pay off. Every kid did well.”
Of the 13 Falcon wrestlers who advanced to Orem, Haley lost in the semifinals and several just missed taking home a medal of their own. Although CV finished one spot behind Cedar in the final team standings, Dallas Lowry has more than enough optimism in the tank for next winter and beyond thanks largely to his son’s historic victory.
“All of the kids have worked hard in the room,” he said. “We lose only four seniors, so I’m excited for next year and the years to come.
“It will generate more interest. We’ve always had a successful program, always put out a huge team. The way Brady wrestles is exciting. Wrestling doesn’t seem like a boring, roll-around sport.”
Lowry said signups for next year’s bantam program will be taken starting next week from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Canyon View wrestling room.
-Canyon View’s boys basketball team has another Region 12 championship under its belt after beating Richfield 65-53 on Friday night. It was the school’s second and last one as it prepares to return to Region 9 starting in the fall.
When I asked head coach Robbie Potter during the celebration about the upcoming move, he laid down the confidence gauntlet to the rest of the schools.
“This one was special because the target was on our back,” Potter said. “Our struggles were because of our strength. … We’re going to get three in a row.”
-Southern Utah’s men’s basketball team found its way into the Big Sky record book for another inglorious distinction. An 83-78 loss to Montana State was the T-Birds’ 14th straight at the Centrum in conference play.
They have tied Sacramento State’s record that was set in the 1998-99 season, 18 years ago. SUU will look to end the nightmare and avoid setting the new home futility standard when it welcomes Northern Arizona on Saturday in a 2 p.m. tipoff.
A new defensive wrinkle of a 1-3-1 zone has helped to an extent, but bad shooting hurt against Montana and 15 first-half turnovers were costly in the loss to the Bobcats.
They say the cavalry is coming in Todd Simon’s first year, but the team may be more in need of divine intervention to end the losing nightmare that’s nearly a full decade old.
Need proof? SUU has two home wins against Life Pacific and Bethesda, who aren’t exactly household names of college basketball.
If this program truly wants to get better (it does), winning games that count at home will be a good start. The fans will continue to stay away until that happens.
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