Wolverines Open Season Strong as 12 Place at Trapper
POWELL, Wyo. — The Utah Valley wrestling team opened the
2010-11 season strong Saturday at Northwest College's
Trapper Open as 12 different Wolverines placed fourth or
better. Sophomore 125-pounder Paul Johnson and senior
133-pounder Flint Ray both reigned supreme at the open as
they each managed to win their respective weight classes.
"We looked great today," UVU head coach Greg Williams
said. "Flint (Ray) looked really, really good and we had a
couple others that should have won it as well. For the
first tournament I was pleased. We looked dominant and yet
we still have a lot of things to work on."
Of the 12 placers for the Wolverines on the day, two came
in first, three in second, six in third and one placed
Finishing in second place for UVU was freshman 125-pounder
Colby Christensen (unattached), senior 141-pounder Justin
Morrill and junior 184-pounder Brad Darrington. Freshman
133-pounder Derek Malan (unattached), sophomore
141-pounder Logan Wilson (unattached), sophomore
149-pounder Josh Wilson, redshirt-freshman 165-pounder
Abner Cook, sophomore 174-pounder Monte Schmalhaus
(unattached) and sophomore heavyweight Eric McAllister all
placed third. Finishing in fourth place on the day was
freshman 165-pounder Colby Barlocker.
Cook and Darrington had even more impressive performances
at the opening tournament as they still managed to place
despite having to bump up a weight-class due to the
UVU was dominant in its opening season action as the 12
wrestlers placed and 12 reached the semis. Sophomore
141-pounder Wyatt Ray and freshman 197-pounder, who had
also bumped up a weight class for the day to compete at
heavyweight, Trevor Rupp both had solid showings as they
made the semi-finals.