OREM — In the old days of Indiana basketball, all classifications competed for a state championship, creating many David-and-Goliath type match-ups and spawning an all-time classic sports movie in 1986’s Hoosiers.
In Utah, there may be a movie someday about the big-time wrestling event called the Simplii All-Star Duals, a raucous all-star event featuring the best wrestlers in Utah, regardless of classification. It takes place Tuesday night at Utah Valley University’s UCCU center in Orem and will feature 86 of the best grapplers in the state.
Four wrestlers from Region 9 have been invited to the event, including three from St. George. Drew Hansen from Pine View, Cody Stevenson and Tyler Stevenson from Desert Hills and Dallin Brooks from Cedar will all wrestle in the event.
Hansen, a senior with a 3.7 grade point average, is a team captain for the Panthers and is a four-year varsity wrestler. He will wrestle Brayson Wilcox from Monticello in the 113-pound class. Hansen went undefeated in region at 106-pounds last season and placed second in state and has already won the Thunder Holiday Duals meet this season.
Cody Stevenson will wrestle at 195 and will battle Spanish Fork’s Heber Shepherd. Stevenson is the defending state 3A champ in that weight class (he went 53-3) and has also wrestled all four years at the varsity level. He placed fourth in state as a sophomore.
Cody’s brother, Tyler Stevenson, will match up with Mountain Crest’s Andrew Anderson in the 220-pound class. Tyler went 50-2 last season and won the 3A title in his weight grouping. He also finished second as a sophomore and has wrestled all four years at the 220 varsity weight.
Brooks was second in 3A last season at the 160-weight, but has bumped it up to 170 this season and will battle Derrick Thompson of Altamont.
The meet begins at 6:30 Tuesday night, with 43 matches scheduled, including the finale, a duel between nationally-ranked wrestlers Jacob Armstrong of Salem Hills and Wyatt Koelling of Davis.
Here is a complete list of the matches:
106 pounds: David VanTassell (1A-Duchesne) vs. Coby Vandertoolen (Wild-card-Bingham)
106 pounds: Jaxon Cole (2A-North Summit) vs. Kemry Smuin (3A-Uintah)
106 pounds: Brandon Meikel (4A-Kearns) vs. Kade Evans (5A-Davis)
113 pounds: Bryce Brimhall (wild-card-Syracuse) vs. Braiden Parker (4A-Wasatch)
113 pounds: Tanner Benedict (5A-Layton) vs. Trevor Poulsen (2A-Delta)
113 pounds: Brayson Wilcox (1A-Monticello) vs. Drew Hansen (3A-Pine View)
120 pounds: Kyson Levin (Wild-card-Pleasant Grove) vs. Shandon Bradford (1A Monticello)
120 pounds: Tanner Cox (4A-Maple Mountain) vs. Heston Woolsey (5A-Weber)
120 pounds: Paden Woolstenhume (2A-South Summit) vs. Wyatt Perry (3A-Union)
126 pounds: Josh Jensen (3A-Payson) vs. Brady Farnsworth (1A-Altamont)
126 pounds: Taylor LaMont (4A-Maple Mountain) vs. Kedric Coonis (Wild-card-Uintah)
126 pounds: Matt Lee (2A-South Summit) vs. Nelson Jones (5A-Pleasant Grove)
132 pounds: Jaydon Pentz (3A-Morgan) vs. Kyle Evans (2A-Beaver)
132 pounds: Brock Hardy (4A-Box Elder) vs. Ben Anderson (5A-Pleasant Grove)
132 pounds: Jed Loveless (Wild-card-Payson) vs. Austin Trapp (1A-Piute)
138 pounds: Bracken Lovell (2A-Delta) vs. John Manning (3A-Juan Diego)
138 pounds: Jaron Jensen (5A-Herriman) vs. Ryan Hansen (4A-Maple Mountain)
138 pounds: Zach Allen (1A-Piute) vs. Lukas Erickson (Wild-card-Olympus)
145 pounds: Trace Willoughby (2A-Delta) vs. Dalton Rice (Wild-card-Lehi)
145 pounds: Brandon Musselman (1A-Monticello) vs. Cameron Killian (4A-Maple Mountain)
145 pounds: Landon Gates (5A-Pleasant Grove) vs. Riley Loveless (3A-Payson)
152 pounds: Noah Porter (2A-North Sevier) vs. Kolten Lynn (3A-Juab)
152 pounds: Cole Eldredge (1A-Monticello) vs. Johnny O’hearon (4A-Maple Mountain)
152 pounds: Taylor Johnson (5A-Jordan) vs. Mitchell Egbert (Wild-card-Mountain Crest)
160 pounds: Victor Almanza (2A-Delta) vs. Logan Harrison (Wild-card-Logan)
160 pounds: Preston Stephenson (1A-Wayne) vs. Spencer Heywood (4A-Wasatch)
160 pounds: Paden Osbourne (3A-Payson) vs. Josh Anderson (5A-Pleasant Grove)
170 pounds: Derrick Thompson (1A-Altamont) vs. Dallin Brooks (Wild-card-Cedar)
170 pounds: Payton Mair (4A-Wasatch) vs. Koy Wilkinson (5A-Pleasant Grove)
170 pounds: Randin Pentz (2A-North Summit) vs. Ashton Seely (3A-Juab)
182 pounds: McKade Cox (2A-Gunnison) vs. Parker Jensen (4A-Skyline)
182 pounds: Rylee Foy (1A-Altamont) vs. Will Lang (5A-West)
182 pounds: Brock Bastian (2A-South Sevier) vs. Dillon Gurr (3A-Union)
190 pounds feature match: Jacob Armstrong (Salem Hills) vs. Wyatt Koelling (Davis)
195 pounds: Cody Mitchell (1A-Altamont) vs. Brandon Closson (5A-Pleasant Grove)
195 pounds: Heber Shepherd (4A-Spanish Fork) vs. Cody Stevenson (3A-Desert Hills)
195 pounds: Brandon Agaard (Wild-card-Juab) vs. David Schene (2A-Delta)
220 pounds: Wade French (Wild-card-Herriman) vs. Aaron Verduzco (1A-Duchesne)
220 pounds: Andrew Anderson (4A-Mountain Crest) vs. Tyler Stevenson (3A-Desert Hills)
220 pounds: Simeon Page (5A-Riverton) vs. Kaden Carter (2A-Millard)
285 pounds: John Leilua (Wild-card-Spanish Fork) vs. Brackin Stringham (5A-Lehi)
285 pounds: Bo Owen (2A-North Sevier) vs. Damion Trujillo (4A-Roy)
285 pounds: Talon Gines (1A-Altamont) vs. Brian Hoscheour (3A-Payson)
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