|Brandon Branch wrestles for the state championship at UVSC. Branch is the Region 8 champion this year. The Carbon High Dino wrestles at 160 pounds and finished second at the state tournament.|
The Carbon High Dino's took their third place region finish and showed up to defend Dino pride at the state tournament this past weekend. The Carbon grappler's took seventh place overall and sent two wrestlers to the finals.
"As a team we wrestled extremely well, carrying on the toughness we had earned at the region eight tournament the week before," said Carbon High Coach Dave Smith.
The Dino's placed six wrestlers total at the meet and every Carbon wrestler was able to defeat at least one wrestler scoring big points for the team.
Carbon fought hard in round one winning nine of 12 matches. Round two got tougher but the Dinos still managed to advance three wrestlers to the semi-final round. Tyson Herrick, Preston Lodeserto and Brandon Branch made it through while Mike Tryon and Jay Workman lead early only to fall.
"We really needed those two matches to put us in the hunt," said the Carbon High coach.
In the semi-final round Carbon was not expected to advance anyone. But someone forgot to tell that to the Carbon wrestlers. After Tyson Herrick fell to Clawson of Dixie, Preston Lodeserto defeated Carrigan of Morgan 8-3. Brandon Branch followed that with a match that was filled with disputed calls. Branch scored an 9-6 victory to give Carbon two wrestlers in the finals.
On the tournament last day Steven Scow stood out, he defeated Bishop from Juan Diego 8-2 and went on to place fourth in the tournament. Tanner Herrick also placed fourth wrestling strong on the last day. Tyson Herrick and Jay Workman finished the meet in sixth place.
In the finals both Lodeserto and Branch were wrestling nationally ranked wrestlers from Wasatch. Lodeserto wrestled extremely well, according to coach Smith, dominating for the first two third of the match. In the end Bonner was coming extremely hard for a final score looking to tie or win. The Wasatch grappler was able to score a take down and near fall to pull out the victory. Coach Smith felt that a win here for Lodeserto would have not only given him a state title but also the Most Outstanding Wrestler award.
Brandon Branch wrestled Ethan Smith of Wasatch in the finals and wrestled hard. The Carbon Dino gave his all but was defeated to take home the silver.
In closing Coach Smith noted that along with Carbon's seventh place finish North San Pete finished second and Delta placed fourth. According to Smith this proves that region eight is one of the toughest regions in the state. "No other conference placed three teams in the top seven," concluded the Carbon High coach.