Utah Valley University Wrestling Team Signs 10
UVU Wrestling just finished up with their spring
recruiting session and they were able to sign some great
talent. The Wolverines signed 10 new recruits this spring
to add to the three they signed during the fall.
The team’s biggest needs were in the upper two weights at
197 and heavyweight. Josh Wood, a two-time state placer
(3rd and 4th) from Modoc High School in California is
currently ranked 19th in the country at 215 lbs.. He will
compete at 197 for the team next year. Dylan Stadel, Lehi
High School, is currently ranked 22nd in the country and
was a Utah State Champion and two-time finalist. He has
signed on at heavyweight along with Zach Jensen, a fourth
place finisher from Copper Hills High School in Utah.
The team filled some depth at 125 lbs., signing two Utah
State Champions, Trae Bennett from Freemont High School
and Jake Fredrickson from Mountain View High School. At
133 lbs, Utah Valley also inked two standouts in four-time
Utah State Champion, Sean Porter from Davis High School,
who will return from an LDS Mission in August, and Tucker
Ray, a highly regarded Utah State Champion and two-time
state finalist who competed for Box Elder this past season
at 130 pounds. He will be joining his brothers Flint and
Wyatt on the Wolverine squad.
Ikeru Abe, a Utah state runner-up from Viewmont High
School has also signed on and will compete at 141 lbs.
next season. At 157/165 lbs. Bryar Saddoris, a four-time
Nevada State Champion from Spring Creek High School, will
look to make an immediate impact on the program. Monte
Schmalhaus, Tooele High School, has committed and was a
two-time Utah State Champion who went 42-0 this season and
80-3 the past two seasons. He will be looking to compete
at 165 lbs. for the Wolverines next year.
Coach Williams is very excited about the new recruits and
the direction they will help take the program. “Each of
these wrestlers possess the work ethic and attitude to
make our program better,” Williams said. “Our practice
room just got a lot tougher. There are some potential
All-Americans in this group, but I am mostly pleased with
the type of individuals they are. They all fit in with the
character of our team”