By Tom Zulewski
Iron County Today
All along, Canyon View head wrestling coach Dallas Lowry knew he had a team that had more than one potential state champion in the bunch.
Facing cross-town rival Cedar at home Jan. 18, the Falcons got a power boost from an unlikely source and moved one step closer to a Region 9 championship.
Freshman Gunner Hatch produced the first of six pins on the night at 120 pounds, and Canyon View rolled to a 46-27 victory over the Redmen to stay perfect on the season at 5-0.
“We started slow, but we’re turning it up to boil now,” Lowry said. “We’re getting our conditioning into place and getting some boys where we need them. We’re going to be in good shape.”
The night began with Cedar’s McCrae Spencer beating Garrett Barney at 106 pounds by a 14-7 count. After CV’s Jake Smith won by forfeit at 113, Hatch took on Michael Wolfe and put him on his back at the 2 minute, 52 second mark of the match.
“I felt like I stepped up to my ability,” Hatch said. “I’m wrestling to my potential right now.”
From there, Cole Lake followed with a pin of Carlos Jimenez at 1:56 in the 126-pound match, and the Falcons built the momentum into a wave the rest of the way.
“I thought all of our seniors looked great and I was impressed with their work,” Lowry said.
CV’s other winners by pin were Colton Shumway (145), Brady Lowry (152), Trenton Stapley (170) and Tyler Haley (195). Lowry, CV’s defending state champion, had a brief moment where he tweaked his knee early and had to pause against Mike Anker, but didn’t take long to recover pin him at 1:23.
Cedar’s winners were Dyllon Arenivar (by pin at 132), Caleb Weaver with a late takedown that helped him beat Braydon Cavalieri at 160 (6-4), Hayden Giles (by pin at 182) and Nate Ellis (8-3 decision over Riley Robinson at 220).
Daniel Jordan won by forfeit at heavyweight for the Redmen to wrap up the night.
The Falcons will finish the regular season Thursday with a road match at Desert Hills and Cedar travels to Dixie for the Battle of the Bell, looking to keep it for the 10th straight year.
CANYON VIEW 46, CEDAR 27
106 – McCrae Spencer (C) def. Garrett Barney (CV), 14-7
113 – Jake Smith (CV) won by forfeit
120 – Gunner Hatch (CV) p. Michael Wolfe (C), 2:52
126 – Cole Lake (CV) p. Carlos Jimenez (C), 1:56
132 – Dyllon Arenivar (C) p. Dawson Stoor (CV), 4:59
138 – Kasey Robinson (CV) def. Dustin Barrick (C), 14-3
145 – Colton Shumway (CV) p. Dallin Benson (C), 1:23
152 – Brady Lowry (CV) p. Mike Anker (C), 1:23
160 – Caleb Weaver (C) def. Braydon Cavalieri (CV), 6-4
170 – Trenton Stapley (CV) p. Trey Payne (C), :39
182 – Hayden Giles (C) p. Gavin Carter (CV), 5:10
195 – Tyler Haley (CV) p. Kioni Alvarez (C), 3:30
220 – Nate Ellis (C), def. Riley Robinson (CV), 8-3
285 – Daniel Jordan (C) won by forfeit
CAPTION: Canyon View’s Gunner Hatch scores a takedown against Cedar’s Michael Wolfe in their 120 pounds match. Photo by Tom Zulewski