Repeat! Dino wrestler wins second state championship
Bryce Jackman, a junior at Carbon High School, won the State title in 2010 at the 112 pound weight class and won the coveted title again Saturday evening at the 119 pound weight class.
Jackman is only the third wrestler in Carbon High wrestling history to win two state wrestling titles. The first was Jimmy Ruden in 1994 and 1995, followed by Cameron Dansie in 2001 and 2002.
Cody Hunt and Wyatt Martinez were able to finish in third place in their weight classes. Taylor O'Hearon was able to take fourth in his. Hunt, Martinez and O'Hearon are all seniors.
As a team, Carbon wrestlers placed seventh out of 20 teams competing in the 3A state tournament. Carbon scored 96.5 team points, behind Richfield with 101, Hurricane with 128, Bear River with 150, Cedar City with 175.5, Wasatch with 240, and Delta with 267 points respectively.
Jackman joins an elite group of wrestlers around the state who attain the lofty position of two-time state champion. As a junior, Jackman has an opportunity to defend his title again next year for the superior position of three-time champion.
Jackman met Southern Division 8th seed Juvenal Perez (Juab) in the first round Friday afternoon and pinned Perez in 1:29 of the first period. In round two Jackman pinned Emery's Spencer Fehlberg in 5:07 of the third period, and in the semi-final round Saturday. He defeated Devan Webb of Desert Hills High in a major decision 12-3.
In the finals, Jackman met the number one seed from the Southern 3A Division, Andy Erickson of Richfield. Jackman got the first takedown, scoring 2-points, but then Erickson got a reversal, the making the score 2-2, and late in the first period Jackman reversed and put Erickson on his back for an eventual fall in 1:37. Jackman, who was champion in the Region tournament, champion in the Northern Division tournament, capped it all off with as State Champion.
At 130 pounds, Carbon's Cody Hunt worked his way back through the consolation brackets after losing his first match to Brady Walker of North Sanpete. Hunt pinned J. Lopez of Grantsville in 1:13 of the first period. He followed with a 6-5 decision over Blade Edwards of Delta. He then pinned Austin Waite of Desert Hills in 1:31 of the first period.
In the consolation finals to determine third and fourth place, Hunt pinned Robby Miner, the number one seed from Wasatch High, in 4:38 of the third period.
"Cody Hunt peaked at exactly the right time, wrestling his absolute best at the state tournament," said Coach John Watkins.
Wyatt Martinez placed fifth in the state tournament in 2010 and was anxious to do much better this year. He succeeded by placing third. In round one, Martinez, the second seed from the Northern division, defeated Carston Steele of Juab by a fall in 3:57 of the second period. Martinez then lost to Dillan Stoor of Canyon View in a close 4-1 decision, sending his matches into the consolation rounds to fight the long road back to the medal rounds.
Martinez then defeated Bear River's R.J. Christensen with a 7-2 decision. He then won a decision over Desert Hills' Dustyn Roberts 7-2 in the quarter finals. In the consolation semi-finals, Martinez won by decision over Delta's Tyler Nielson 3-0. In the consolation finals he once again met Dillan Stoor of Canyon View and avenged the earlier loss by securing a 2-1 decision and capturing the 3rd place title.
At 152 pounds, O'Hearon, captured the fourth place title after losing to Alvino Baldivino of Canyon View in round one Friday afternoon. Working his way back to the medal rounds is a long road, but O'Hearon won the next match by pinning Morgan Parry of Union in 1:28 of the first period, followed by a 13-8 decision over Josh Thompson of Cedar City, and won by injury default over Tyler Mair of Wasatch High, the number one seed from the Northern Division. In the consolation finals, O'Hearon lost to Clay Collard of Emery, capturing 4th place.
Coach John Watkins was really proud of how hard his team worked. Jackman had come back from shoulder surgery last spring and really spent most of the season rehabbing. He even reinjured his shoulder during the season, so it was huge to return as champion. Martinez and O'Hearon also fought through shoulder injuries all season. The team loses 13 out of 21 wrestlers to graduation this year, but Coach Watkins is confident that the team will remain solid. Not only will Jackman be back, but so will Anthony Velasquez, Kade Scott, Ashton Sicilia, Colton Sanderson and Garrett Gibson to name a few.
There were also a few kids who moved in from out of state that were too late to be able to compete that show some promise. Watkins also is eyeing some promising talent coming up from the eighth and ninth grade ranks to fill things in.