WEST VALLEY — The inaugural UHSAA Super State tournament may have been missing some its stars, but that didn’t stop a trio of locals from making a splash at the tournament, held at the Maverik Center last Saturday.
Layton High School’s Andrew Astle, as well as Syracuse’s Brock George, each won their respective weight classes at the tournament, taking down bracket filled with top contenders from every classification during the tournament.
Bountiful’s A.J. Tovey, who finished fifth in the state 4A tournament, took home a second-place finish after an injury forced him to default the match.
In the 120-pound bracket, Astle went through Wasatch’s Sterling Bailiff with ease, earning a technical fall with a 16-0 scored to move onto the quarterfinals, where he met Delta’s Bracken Lovell.
Astle again dominated the mat against his opponent, scoring early and often in an 8-0 victory that matched the Lancer up against Fremont’s Jaydon Rogers.
The match was a tough one from start to finish, but a 2-0 win from Astle gave the junior the title.
In the 106-pound bracket, Syracuse’s Brock George took home an individual title, and had to beat some familiar opponents along the way.
In the opening round, George took down Emery’s McKoy Christiansen in a high-scoring 14-7 match, but was challenged with facing region foe Kade Evans from Davis in the quarterfinals.
Evans, a sophomore, gave George a tough match. The pair battled back and forth through all three periods. George won the match in the end, an 8-7 decision that move him into the finals against Layton’s Braxton Ocana.
That battle also went the distance, and George scored a couple of key points in the match, which gave him an 8-5 victory and an individual title.
Evans finished fourth after dropping the third-place match against Jayden Pentz of Morgan.
Tovey’s tournament immediately started against another local grappler, Viewmont’s Jake Bednar, who finished third in the 5A state tournament the week before.
Tovey, who moved up two weight classes this season, finished the match with a pin over Bednar to move onto the quarterfinals against Delta’s Alex Martin.
Tovey finished Martin with another pin, then pinned Brigham’s Nick Heninger at the 3:03 mark to move onto the finals against Maple Mountain’s Jon Wixom.
But that’s where Tovey’s tournament ended.
An injury forced him to default the final match, but his second-place finish was the highest among south Davis County wrestlers.
Other wrestlers placing on the podium were David Kim of Viewmont (fourth, 126 pounds), Justin Horsley of Bountiful (fifth, 132 pounds), and Davis’ Jacob Naylor (third, 138 pounds) and Wyatt Koelling (fourth, 160 pounds).
For complete results of each bracket of the Super State tournament, visit trackwrestling.com.