Thursday , January 18, 2018 - 9:27 PM
LAYTON — In a way, it was like two meteors hurtling through space among the millions of others that were somehow on a collision course.
But instead of the millions of mathematical scenarios that exist when determining if two meteors in space will indeed hit each other, Thursday’s Region 1 wrestling dual between Layton and Syracuse was a matter of which team would survive the impact.
That winner was Layton, which mathematically wrapped up the Region 1 wrestling team championship when freshman Jaron Priest pinned Syracuse’s Gunner Brown in the 120-pound match as part of a 49-16 win over the visiting Titans.
Jaron Priest seals the team title for Layton with a pin pic.twitter.com/eWGPuBPa0v— Patrick Carr (@patrickcarr_) January 19, 2018
“It doesn’t matter how good our teams are, the matches are always contested and even though the final score didn’t show how tough Syracuse is, they’re tough,” Layton wrestling coach John Fager said.
Layton’s Alec Bolingbroke (ranked third in 6A at 152 pounds, according to USA Wrestling Utah’s website) trailed Syracuse’s Samuel Sprehn (ranked second) 5-1 heading into the third period. Bolingbroke came back to tie the score 6-6 and send the match into overtime, where he won 8-6.
“If I stop, I know that gives him the position to score, so I had to keep wrestling through every position, keep scoring points, keep getting after it,” Bolingbroke said.
It was just the second match of the night, but the comeback win put fire under the Lancers, and it showed in some of the close matches later on.
What made the Thursday dual even more enticing (both teams were unbeaten in region duals coming in) was the number of matches between wrestlers ranked by USA Wrestling Utah.
Layton’s Terrell Barraclough (No. 1 at 132) beat Mitch Parker (No. 3) by a 7-0 decision. Syracuse’s Jayden Burton (No. 2 at 195) pinned Weston Memmott (No. 3) in the second round as one of two individual winners for the Titans.
In the third match of the dual, unranked Layton wrestler Jacob Semadeni followed Bolingbroke’s win with a pin against fifth-ranked Tytan Smith in the second period of their 160-pound match.
“A good thing that my coaches do in practice is we do situations. So we go against situations, just the most random stuff and we wrestle off from there, and it really teaches you how to flow with the moves,” Semadeni said.
That put Layton ahead 12-0 heading into the 170, 182 and 195-pound matches, where Syracuse had to shuffle its lineup due to some injuries. The Titans’ other winner was Bridger Ostler (ranked second in 126 pounds) who scored a 12-2 decision against Gage Howard.
“They’re obviously defending state champs for a reason, but those early couple matches that we lost were close, those were pretty key,” Syracuse head coach Troy Brown said. “Between the injuries and then that, I don’t know if we just got demoralized a little bit, but you can’t let it affect you, right?”
For Layton, it becomes a matter of riding the wave into the divisional meet, which determines seeding for the state tournament. Pleasant Grove is ranked No. 1 in 6A team rankings and the Vikings are expected to be one of the contenders, along with the Lancers and Titans, at the 6A wrestling championships next month.
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