When his chance arrived at the UCCU Center in Orem on Feb. 11, Lowry would seize a moment in the sun and make a memorable moment of history for the Falcons.
Lowry finished off a four-pin weekend by getting Pine View’s Ben Worlton on his back at the 2 minute, 44 second mark and claimed the first Canyon View individual state wrestling title as the 132-pound champion.
His dad, Dallas Lowry, was equally pleased as his father and his coach.
“I wasn’t really nervous as coach or a dad. He had 100 percent confidence,” Lowry said. “He felt he had his A-game. Friends drove up, our whole ward, and the support was awesome from the town.”
Lowry, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weights, recorded first-round pins over Bricen Colbern of Logan (1:41), Hurricane’s Levi Webb (:42) and Tanner Wilde of Snow Canyon (:47). In a rematch of the South Divisional final won by Lowry, he was extended by more than a full minute from his earlier efforts.
“I was nervous at first, but just had to go out and wrestle my match,” Brady Lowry said. “He was a tough kid and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy.”
Even with the spotlight squarely on him as he was introduced before a big crowd, Lowry’s nerves didn’t last very long.
“I knew it was the big stage, but wrestle like it was any other match,” he said. “I couldn’t let it get to me, let me get nervous. I was nervous when saw all the people in the stands, but once I started wrestling, it all went away.”
The sophomore finished the year with a 50-3 final record and said the work to go after his second state title begins now.
“I knew this year would be the hardest,” Lowry said. “I’ll keep working with freestyle and Greco. I’ll come back even better and will probably go up weight. It depends on how I grow.”
Lowry was joined on the podium by teammates Cole Lake (fifth, 113 pounds), Chris Ball (sixth, 132) and Tyler Haley (third at 170, lost to eventual champion Liam Williams of Desert Hills, 8-3, in the semifinals).
“Next year, we’ll be as tough as we’ve ever been,” Brady Lowry said. “We have the perfect attitude and mindset. We’ll be a solid team next year, if not before.”
Dallas Lowry added: “The curse has been broken. Now that someone has done it, I can see extra work in the offseason. They know they can put themselves a notch above the rest if they put the time in.”
Cedar had a pair of wrestlers who reached the finals in the upper weights, and both took home silver medals. Quaid Murray – who signed a letter of intent to play football at SUU on Feb. 1 – lost to Juab’s Ashton Seely, 16-6, and heavyweight Daniel Jordan dropped a hard-fought 5-4 overtime decision against the Wasps’ Dylan White.
The Redmen finished sixth overall with 96 points, just ahead of Canyon View’s 88.5. Juab won the team title with 242.5 points, well ahead of runner-up Bear River’s 204. Desert Hills was the top Region 9 team in fourth with 165.5 points.
STATE SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Across town at the BYU pool in Provo, the Cedar swim teams had another strong showing at the 3A state meet. The boys finished second to Park City with 256.5 points, and the Lady Reds came home third behind Desert Hills – who won the Region 9 title at the Cedar City Aquatic Center two weeks ago – and the Miners.
Among the top efforts, Cedar junior Katelyn Gross was second in the 200 meter individual medley with a time of 2 minutes, 14.27 seconds, and won the 100 meter butterfly (58.32). Her sister and senior Kristen Gross was also second in the 50 meter freestyle (24.58) and 100 free (53.80). Both were part of the winning 200 free relay (1:39.06), along with Aspen Bonzo and Elisa Price, and the team finished second in the 400 relay (3:41.46).
Price was second in the 100 backstroke (59.52).
On the boys side, the team of Carson Brown, Garrett Dotson, Jedd Kjar and Calvin Brown was second in the 200 medley relay (1:41.82). Wyatt Kjar joined his brother, Dotson and Calvin Brown to win the 200 free relay (1:31.79) just a tenth of a second in front of Desert Hills.
Dotson also won the 100 breaststroke (1:01.73) and Leon Weingartner finished third (1:03.40).