Cedar, CV send two wrestlers each to All-Star showcase
By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
As someone who made history by becoming the first wrestler at his school to earn a Utah state title, Canyon View’s Brady Lowry knows the rewards – and competitive challenges – only add to the joy of the moment.
Lowry faced a big competitive challenge Tuesday night as one of four wrestlers from Region 9 selected to participate in the All-Star Duals tournament held at the UCCU Center on the Utah Valley University campus in Orem. The 145-pound junior didn’t draw just any opponent, but faced two-time national champion Brock Hardy of Box Elder, who stepped down a weight to compete against him.
“He’s a stud, and that just shows I think I’m one of the only kids that can hang with him,” Lowry said of Hardy during Saturday’s Irontown Duals meet at the Cedar gym. “I’m gonna go out there and give him a match, everything I can.”
Lowry had a streak of 28 straight pins end at the Duals, but he remains undefeated on the season at 30-0 through Saturday as he looks for two state titles in a row. He deflected any thought about feeling extra pressure.
“I don’t look at it that way at all,” Lowry said. “If I lose, I just get better. I don’t look at it as a loss. An undefeated season isn’t necessarily my goal this year. I’m just looking for another state title.”
Joining Lowry at Orem for the one-day event will be teammate and senior Tyler Haley, who finished third at 170 pounds last year. Haley is competing at 195 pounds this season and will face Taylor Money, a wild-card team selection out of 5A school Viewmont, in his match.
Haley is competing as an All-Star for the second year in a row.
“I’m pretty excited,” Haley said. “It’s good to be with those athletes and a lot of my friends from up north. It’s fun to be honored.”
Two wrestlers from Cedar were also among those chosen to the 4A All-Star team, 220-pounder Nate Ellis and 285-pounder Daniel Jordan. Ellis was a fourth-place finisher at his weight at last year’s state meet and will face Tucker Bartels of Syracuse, who was also a wild-card team selection.
“I’ve never wrestled the kid from Syracuse before,” Ellis said. “There’s pressure to keep my No. 1 spot and show people I can compete at 220.”
Like Lowry, heavyweight Daniel Jordan is undefeated on the season for the Redmen. Despite finishing second at the state meet last year, head coach Luke Payne said Jordan has shown a stronger work ethic in the room and in competition.
“Daniel’s been working hard and is a really impressive kid this year,” Payne said. “He’s working and trying to get better more than anything else. His mentaility wasn’t there last year, and this year, it’s there.
“Nate Ellis actually cares how he wrestles this year. He wants to be better, wants to be a good wrestler.”
As far as the bigger goal for the single-day tournament, Payne said the All-Star selection adds fuel to the competitive fire.
“It’s good for the mental capabilities,” he said. “Whether you win or lose, you’re still an All-Star for the state of Utah.”