Carbon wrestlers battle top competition at state tourney
Making it to the state tournament is one thing for a wrestler. To succeed at state, a wrestler must beat the best in their weight class.
For the Carbon High wrestlers who made it to the 3A State Tournament, the experience will more than pay off in the years to come.
"We were hoping for a better performance, but every weight class at state is very, very tough," said CHS head coach Steve Woodhouse.
Six Carbon wrestlers advanced to state and went a combined 4-12 in sixteen total matches.
Here are the records for each Carbon High wrestler:
McCoy Brinkerhoff, 120 lbs, 2-2 record;
Bradlee Chatterton, 126 lbs, 0-2 record;
Jacky Byrge, 132 lbs, 0-2 record;
Nash Nicholson, 182 lbs, 0-2 record;
Dallyn Mower, 195 lbs, 1-2 record;
Dakota Nichols, 285 lbs, 1-2 record.
Of all the wrestlers who made it to state, Nichols is the only senior. With a group of underclassmen making it to the tournament, Woodhouse said the experience should help the team grow over the next year.
"Hopefully these kids can take the experience of being at state and use that motivation to work hard towards next year," he said.
Payson and Juab, who finished one and two at state, are both in Carbon's region. That shows the level of competition the team faced over the season.
"I thought we had a very positive year," Woodhouse said. "The team did very well and I was very happy with their hard work and effort."