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Carbon wrestlers head to region competition

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Carbon wrestlers come in fourth out of an 18 school competition last week at the North Sanpete tournament.

With 18 teams competing in a meet at North Sanpete High school on Jan 28-29, Carbon High was able to come out on top in a lot of ways.

Overall they finished in fourth place, which was a great place to be considering the competition, but they also had a grundle of high individuals finishers as well.

The only first place finished on the team was Trent Greenhalgh who pinned Brady Robins from Millard High.

Dustin Howa placed second in his weight class. He was defeated in a double overtime match against two time state champion Paul Sanders of San Juan High School.

"That was a highly disputed match," said Carbon coach Dave Smith on Monday. "It seemed Dustin had a take down as he held Sanders on his back for several seconds. As they moved out of bounds Sanders was at first awarded the take down. After a conference of the officials they allowed the wrestling to go ahead without any points awarded."

Smith says in the second overtime Sanders twice locked his hands, but it went unnoticed by the officials. Sanders then held on for the victory.

In another finals match, Zack Burdick faced defending state champion Jade Greenhalgh of Juab High.

"It was a close match," said Smith. "Zack trailed by 4 points with 15 seconds remaining. Zack nearly completed a desperation throw, but it didn't work."

In a third-fourth place match Courtney Ivory faced Sylvan Johnson who had defeated him in the quarter finals of the competition.

"I think this time Ivory was more ready for him. He took third winning by a major decision," said Smith.

Other winners included Ryan Leonard who defeated Drew Robinson of North Summit by a fall to place third.

Carbon's Patrick Strey also had the chance to wrestle Ivory to go for the third place match but was beaten by his teammate.

"Although he was unsuccessful in beating Ivory he did come back to defeat Chad Greenhalgh of Juab High to take fifth place in that weight division," stated Smith.

The team will now travel to the Region 8 competition at Lehi High School this Friday.

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