Coaches Stubbs, Stapley and Wheeler were happy men when they walked out of the Sevier Valley Center. Why? They had watched 11 young men wrestle hard for their team. These KHS wrestlers gave their coaches reason to smile because all the hard work at practices and matches had finally paid off at the region tournament.

Two divisions of 2A and one 3A, consecutively put their skills on display for two days on eight mats. The final results for Kanab were impressive as they placed fourth overall in their division, and qualified eight for the state meet in Provo next week. This is a great achievement because each team can enter 26 wrestlers and the teams who finished higher all had larger teams than Kanab’s 11.

The brother teams of Dan (11th) and Nate Bowman (9th) and Kayson (12th) and Devin Poteet (9th) placed fifth.

Freshman Quincy Robinson stunned his highly favored first round opponent with an impressive pin and eventually finished fourth overall. James Anderson (10th) and Josh Urianza (12th) took the coveted third place medal, each losing only one match in the two day meet. While Dominick Smith (9th), Ben McCowan (11th), and Taylor Armstrong (12th) did not qualify for state, there was no doubt they gave their best.

Earlier this year Rodney Donn (9th) injured his elbow and missed region; he along with Ben and Dominick will be back next year. Dominick won an impressive wrestle off for seventh place to qualify as alternate. Hats off to Armstrong who entered wrestling as a senior, whereas most start in bantam.

Senior Brandon Crosby ended the night, not only as a Region Champion, but also voted the Most Valuable Wrestler in the lower weight division by the coaches. This was his second year for both honors; a much deserved recognition for a very dedicated young man. Brandon entered the tourney as the second place seed and knew his most challenging opponents would be the three seed from North Sevier, Christensen, and first, Turner from Millard. In the semi-finals he won a hard fought match on points over Christensen to set up the finals against his rival from Millard. He lost to him once this year in a very close match and was determined to win.

Coach Stubbs had a plan, and together they worked very hard all week on ways to counter Turner’s strengths. The championship match was beyond intense with both young men equally talented. The final buzzer sounded with Brandon controlling all three rounds, and finishing with a 5-1 win. KHS fans were jubilant, but none more than his coaches, parents, and grandparents who knew the dedication Brandon had given to become a Region Champion.

Crosby chose to wrestle in the 112-pound division and this requires him to work very hard to make that weight. He set a goal of being a state champion and felt his best chances were at 112. While most teenagers are headed for cokes and fast foods, Brandon watches every morsel he eats.

He is admired by many, who can’t believe he is willing to control his weight for such a long period of time. There won’t be many of life’s obstacles thrown at Brandon that he won’t be able to face head on because he has already learned the value of goals, hard work, and persevering. However, Brandon has let it be known that once his last match is over next week, he will eat everything in sight for a while.

Congratulations to all of the KHS wrestlers and good luck next week at state!