Lady Utes second at championship tourney

Uintah wrestled at a high level to place second at the Utah Girls Dual State Championships at Westlake High School Jan. 22.
The Lady Utes had wins over Cedar Valley (48-36), Wasatch (60-23) and Juab (60-24).
In the title match, Uintah and Westlake tied at 42-42. Westlake won the team title by a tie-breaker. Uintah coach Patrick Sharp said Westlake took the tie-breaker based on first points scored throughout the dual. Westlake scored 18 points and Uintah eight.
“The team wrestled with great determination in the duals,” Sharp said.
Sharp said Westlake is ranked No. 3 nationally on Flo-wrestling and are the defending Class 6A champions.
“We entered this tournament to help us prepare for the upcoming state championship,” Sharp said. “The results show that we have the capability and power to get the job done. The Uintah girls continue to work hard. They don’t give up and they fight.”
Uintah finished off its home slate with a 60-24 victory over Wasatch Jan. 20.
Sharp said when Uintah’s Sophia Richens pinned Mackenna Gallon at 135 pounds at the 1:57 mark that gave the momentum to his team.
“I asked them to turn things around from our match with Stansbury,” Sharp said. “We had a lack of intensity. We were able to fight a lot better against Wasatch. We are moving in the right direction. We are hoping to peak at the right time. We are just trying to turn up the heat a little bit right now.”
The Lady Utes would win the next four matches to run away with the victory.
“We just keep pressing forward with our work ethic,” Sharp said.
Uintah opened the week with a 54-30 victory against Stansbury Jan. 17 in Vernal
Seniors honored were Tessa Barton, Emma Carri, Jacobi Christensen, Candela Jimenez and Maddison Tenney.
“The seniors mean a lot to the program,” Sharp said.

Uintah 42, Westlake 42
(title match)
100 pounds – Jacelyn Rich, Uintah, pinned Ashlyn Baliantyne, :48.
105 pounds – Aidyn Sharp, Uintah, pinned Aubriana Wadley, 2:26.
110 pounds – Chanley Green, Uintah, pinned Kara Williamson, :50.
115 pounds – Jakailei Lujan, Uintah, pinned Paris Parker, 1:06.
120 pounds – Ashley Cannon, Westlake, pinned Sydnie Dick, :50.
125 pounds – Tierney Logan, Uintah, pinned Natasha isom, 2:42.
130 pounds – Ameris Jensen, Westlake, pinned Jennacee Harris, 3:52.
135 pounds – Alissa Lafferty, Westlake, pinned Sophia Richens, 4:43.
140 pounds – Hailey Pigg, Westlake, pinned KayLynn Ward, :28.
145 pounds – Emma Carri, Uintah, pinned Chloe Shumway, 1:36.
155 pounds – Lizzie Raleigh, Westlake, pinned Kayli Keel, 1:40.
170 pounds – Jacob Christensen, Uintah, pinned Katherine Robbins, 2:30.
190 pounds – O’Dessa Laititi, Westlake, pinned Cozette Pena, :54.
235 pounds – Keilikki Nau Rarick, Westlake, pinned Maddison Tenney, 4:41.

Uintah 60, Wasatch 24
(home match)
100 pounds – Jacelyn Rich, Uintah, won by forfeit.
105 pounds – Aidyn Sharp, Uintah, pinned Maisey Blaser, 2:43.
110 pounds – Chanely Green, Uintah, pinned Marabele brown, :44.
115 pounds – Finely Larsen, Wasatch, pinned Jakeilei Lujan, 2:32.
120 pounds – Sydnie Dick, Uintah, pinned Amberly Howe, :49.
125 pounds – Brinette Winegar, Wasatch, pinned Tierney Logan, 2:56.
130 pounds – Regan Heywood, Wasatch, pinned Jennacee Harrison, 2:00.
135 pounds — Sophia Richens, Uintah, pinned Mackenna Gallon, 1:57.
140 pounds – Lily Batty, Uintah, pinned Abigail Johnson, 3:02.
145 pounds – Emma Carri, Uintah, pinned Kate Bird, 2:35.
155 pounds – Kayli Keel, Uintah, pinned Hailey Longenecker, :23.
170 pounds – Jacobi Christensen, Uintah, pinned Carla Nava Feliciano, 1:22.
190 pounds – Hannah Baer, Wasatch, pinned Cozette Pena, 1:29.
235 pounds – Maddison Tenney, Uintah, won by forfeit.