A closer at 2021 high school wrestling championships

Pleasant Grove’s Alex Emmer celebrates after defeating Koda DeAtley, also of Pleasant Grove, in the 138-pound finals match at the 6A wrestling state championship at Corner Canyon High School in Draper on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021.

Pleasant Grove’s Alex Emmer celebrates after defeating Koda DeAtley, also of Pleasant Grove, in the 138-pound finals match at the 6A wrestling state championship at Corner Canyon High School in Draper on Friday, Feb. 19, 2021. | Spenser Heaps, Deseret News

Pleasant Grove (6A), Payson (5A), Uintah (4A), Juab (3A), Beaver (2A) and Panguitch (1A) won titles in the boys classifications, while Westlake (6A), Mountain Crest (4A) and Maple Mountain (combined) were crowned girls champs

Two weeks of high school state wrestling championships came to a close last week, with nine state championships handed out between boys and girls wrestling.

This was the first season girls wrestling had its own state tournaments, with 6A and 4A crowning a team champion and the rest of the state competing together in a combined tournament.

The six boys state champs were: Pleasant Grove (6A), Payson (5A), Uintah (4A), Juab (3A), Beaver (2A) and Panguitch (1A).

The girls champs were Westlake (6A), Mountain Crest (4A) and Maple Mountain (combined).

Here’s a closer look for all nine championships.

6A boys

Pleasant Grove continued its dominance in 6A wrestling by winning its 10th title in the past 11 years.

Alex Emmer (138), Ted Johnson (182) and Wyatt Dawe (285) won individual state titles for the Vikings, who had 12 total state placers.

“It’s pretty amazing to be part of history like this,” said Emmer.

The featured match of the night came at 132 pounds, with West’s Drew Lang beating Westlake’s Jacob Finlinson, 4-1, to deny him a fourth individual state title. It was a rematch of last year’s state championship.

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Layton’s Quade Smith (120), Corner Canyon’s Cameron Moss (170) and Herriman’s Talmage Carman (195) were repeat state champs.

5A boys

Payson’s depth was too much for the rest of the classification as it won its first 5A state championship in its second year in the classification. It recently won 3A titles in 2014 and 2015 and then a 4A title in 2019.

Payson’s depth throughout the one-day tournament led to 15 state placers and one individual state champ as the Lions racked up 265 points, easily finishing ahead of second-place Box Elder’s 205.5 points.

Payson’s lone champion was Aaron Garcia at 106 pounds.

“It was a real team effort. It wasn’t five studs that just punched all of our points for us. Our JV guys, we had kids that didn’t place still score points for us,” said Payson coach Jeb Clark.

Box Elder may have finished second as a team, but it shined under the dim lights of the finals by winning all five of its championship matches — Jackson Ricks (113), Bridger Ricks (120), Caleb Marx (170), Lucas Cochran (195) and Kellen Collier (285).

Cochran finished his career as a three-time state champ, with Bridger Ricks earning his third with a chance at No. 4 next year.

4A boys

Uintah snapped a 22-year state title drought by pulling away from Mountain Crest to claim the 4A state championship.

“We got a group of kids who were just committed and wanted it more than anything this year,” said Uintah coach Phil Ketty. “They worked hard for this …read more

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