Kanab wrestlers traveled to Richfield Feb. 9 and 10 to compete in the 2A State Wrestling Tournament. Kanab sent seven wrestlers to compete in the two-day event and take on the best 16 kids in each weight class for a chance at the state title.

Kanab wrestlers represented their school well in every hard fought match. All seven wrestlers made it through to the second day, but would need to win one to two more matches before they could compete for medals.

Freshman Luke Browning, sophomore Brennen Maddux and junior Dylan Bistline put forth great efforts, but ended up falling out with a second loss in the consolation quarterfinals.

Coaches Brandon Stubbs and Blaine Wheeler are proud of the determination of these younger wrestlers and are excited to see what they will do the next couple of years.

Junior Dustin Bistline met up with the number one seed Sorensen out of North Sevier in the consolation semi-finals and came up short in a grueling match that ended in a 10-1 decision. Bistline then had a dominating match against North Summit’s Richins, pinning Richins in the first round, to secure fifth place on the podium.

Senior John Sims was beaten by three-time state champ Ringel out of North Summit in the semi-final match, but was able to pin Rowley from Enterprise for a chance to wrestle for third place against Altamont’s Jessen. Sims fell just short, but was able to climb to fourth place on the podium and take home a medal for his hard work and efforts his senior year.

Senior Angel Warino lost his second match in the tournament, but was determined to secure third place. He pinned opponents in dominating fashion with an 18-second fall, sending him to a 44-second fall in the consolation quarterfinals, and a 46-second fall in the consolation semis. Warino faced Reed from North Sevier for third place and ended up pinning his opponent in 1:47 to complete his senior year with a third place finish.

Coaches Stubbs and Wheeler are proud of these two seniors and the commitment they have shown to get to this level of wrestling. They will be greatly missed next year.

Kanab had one wrestler break through to the finals, which were held Saturday afternoon. Junior Cody Stubbs had a quick first round pin, then advanced to the semifinals with a 5-2 decision over North Sevier’s Johnson. Stubbs was able to beat the #1 seed out of division A from Beaver, Brock Edwards, allowing him to wrestle for the 126 lbs. state title against AJ Andersen from Enterprise. Stubbs had a 2-1 lead for two and a half rounds, but Anderson was able to escape for one point and get a two-point takedown with 12 seconds left in the match, leading to a heartbreaking loss in a 4-2 decision.

Kanab wrestlers had a great season. With four wrestlers placing this year, it is the most Kanab has placed as long as their coaches can remember. With only two seniors leaving this year, a solid junior class and some tough younger wrestlers, Coaches Stubbs and Wheeler plan on sending even more to the podium next year. Good job Kanab wrestlers.