Kendrick worked for a reversal and earned a hard fought pin to keep the Wildcats moving and dominating as they pinned down their first win over Bountiful since 2003, an overwhelming 66-18 victory.
“I was a little worried going into the last round because Wade is a real good wrestler,” Kendrick said. “I just knew if I could get my hips out and away I could have something good happen.”
Kendrick and his brother John have the wrestling gene. Their father was a two-time state champion at West Jordan.
“Wrestling is a lot of fun for us because we can work with our father and he knows a lot from when he wrestled,” Anthony Kendrick said. “He teaches us a lot.
“He was real excited after my match.”
The Wildcats jumped out early on the Braves when Brandon George (103), Casey Carolan (112), and Brock Rose (119), three of the better wrestlers in Region 5 each picked up forfeits giving Woods Cross a 18-0 lead.
The Wildcats then went on a roll proving the match was not going to be won due to forfeits gaining pins from Jaison Jensen (125), Ian Allen (130), Kevin Smith (135), Ryan Sander (140), Brent Nelson (145), John Kendrick (152), and Anthony Kendrick (160).
The Braves broke through and picked up three consecutive pins from David Coffman (171), Benj Mills (189) and Ben Lemond (215) before Wildcat Robert “Tiny” Thompson finished off the night with his pin.
“The guys got rolling,” said Woods Cross coach Mark Tate. “They just fed off each other and they had great intensity.”
“It was a good win for us,” he said. “Anytime we beat Bountiful it’s a good day.”