High school girls wrestling: Grantsville pins down second state title

A ballerina, three cheerleaders and a mix of tennis and softball players are apparently the ingredients needed for a state championship wrestling team.

At least they are for Grantsville High School, which took home its second consecutive girls wrestling state trophy Thursday night in the combined 1A, 2A and 3A field.

“The minute the tournament was over last year we went to work,” coach Matt Mecham said. He said the program has a philosophy of recruiting athletes and working with the school’s other athletic programs.

Grantsville scored 274 points in the victory, followed by Juab with 187 and Canyon View with 183.

“We practice together with the boys, so they see what physical wrestling is,” Mecham said. “They see the boys knocking each other down and realize that’s wrestling. I think it gives us an edge.”

Senior Addison Butler was the final wrestler on the mat at the tournament for Juab, pinning Dahlia Perry of Union in the first round of the 170-pound title bout.

Butler is also a catcher on Grantsville’s softball team, and a state championship tennis player.

“She does not get rattled,” Mecham said. 

“I locked it up in a suicide cradle, she fought it for like 45 seconds,” Butler said. “It’s a miracle.” 

She started her wrestling career this year. 

“It took a lot of pestering from my coach, but it was good pestering,” Butler said. “My teammates are so awesome, they have pushed so hard. This was the end goal and we got it.” 

In her second year being able to compete, Grantsville junior Nikki Dong was able to capture her first state individual title wrestling at 130 against Juab’s Samantha Reynolds. 

“It’s such an honor and I’m so glad to be doing it,” Dong said. “I’ve just loved wrestling. It’s helped me in my life … I’m just so excited to see how far we’ve come.” 

Rounding out Grantsville’s individual champs for the night was Hailey Broderick. She beat Manti’s Amelia Simper by fall in the 150 division. It was Broderick’s second individual title. 

She won her first last year after starting partway through the season. 

“My sister was my drill partner and she pushed me so much,” Broderick said. “I just wanted to get better and better because of her.”

Broderick’s sister is also a two-time champ.

“It just blows my mind,” Broderick said. “I never thought I’d get here.”

In just a few years, girls wrestling has gained roots and grown in more ways than one, according to Mecham. 

“The thing that’s amazing is not just how women’s wresting is growing, but the talent and skill is, too,” Mecham said. He said stronger competition is coming from school across the state as more girls pick up the sport. 

“This was a brutal tournament,” Meacham said. “The thing I’m most proud of is that last year we were building a program, but this year we’ve built a family.”

One of those tough competitors was sophomore Alexandria Ramirez from Enterprise, who outlasted Grantsville’s Brielle Fawson in a decision match at 120.

“I’m excited, I’m emotional and I’m tired,” Ramirez said. Ramirez was mobbed by teammates, fans and family as they celebrated her win. 

“Oh yeah, I’ll be back next year,” Ramirez said. 

3A girls state tournament

At Sevier Valley Center

Team scores

Grantsville, 274Juab, 187Canyon View, 183Rich, 132Union, 129North Sanpete, 98ALA, 91Richfield, 74

Individual results

100 pounds

Jaskin Hair, ALARhylee Clark, GrantsvilleBreann Ivie, DuchesneElizabeth Cox, EnterpriseBrooklyn Eagar, Providence HallKabree Duncan, Union

Championship — Jaskin Hair, ALA def. Rhylee Clark, Grantsville, 3-1

105 pounds

Julia Kay, Canyon ViewSophia Camargo, GrantsvilleAustyn Bushell, South SummitEmily Shoemaker, JuabAliyah Zedicher, MantiCaelia Meyer, Grantsville

Championship — Julia Kay, Canyon View def. Sophia Camargo, Grantsville, fall 3:41

110 pounds

Yvette Vargas, Juan DiegoKristie Jensen, Canyon ViewBrighton Summers, OgdenShaynna Fillmore, South SevierKyra Pay, JuabArlie Jensen, Grantsville

Championship — Yvette Vargas, Juan Diego def. Kristie Jensen, Canyon View, fall 3:23

115 pounds

Rachel Camacho, ALAAlyssa Lujan, Providence HallSkyley Hanna, Juan DiegoBailey Rainer, GrantsvilleKinsee Saling, North SevierJourney Toomey, North Sanpete

Championship — Rachel Camacho, ALA def. Alyssa Lujan, Providence Hall, fall 5:28

120 pounds

Alexandra Ramirez, EnterpriseBrielle Fawson, GrantsvilleGrace Holman, JuabReagan Pitt, GrantsvilleMichaela Rember, Canyon ViewKhyber Lee, Richfield

Championship — Alexandra Ramirez, Enterprise def. Brielle Fawson, Grantsville, 6-3

125 pounds

Evie Davidson, UnionGraycee Wilkinson, JuabVanessa Elexpuru, GrantsvilleKieran Mooney, PanguitchQuinci Siddoway, RichGwendaline Gardiner, Canyon View

Championship — Evie Davidson, Union def. Graycee Wilkinson, Juab, fall 4:59

130 pounds

Nikki Dong, GrantsvilleSamantha Reynolds, JuabDebiJean Henrie, PanguitchAmilla Shinkle, RichCarolina Bohman, South SummitIsabelle Ekins, Juab

Championship — Nikki Dong, Grantsville def. Samantha Reynolds, Juab, 8-5

135 pounds

Nya Jolley, RichCharlise Matsuda, Summit AcademyAddison Johnson, JuabEmily Perkins, UnionOlivia Richmond, North SanpeteSophia Calchera, Grantsville

Championship — Nya Jolley, Rich def. Charlise Matsuda, Summit Academy, 4-0

140 pounds

Willow Stewart, North SanpeteMika Andersen, RichHadlei Weaver, JuabKaizley Clark, GrantsvilleBailee Thompson, UnionAddison Rushton, Canyon View

Championship — Willow Stewart, North Sanpete def. Mika Andersen, Rich, fall 2:55

145 pounds

Olivia Carrillo, ALAJazlyn Chandler, RichCourtney Mecham, GrantsvilleHallie Carter, Canyon ViewSadie Groene, Grand CountyJadyn Howlett, North Sanpete

Championship — Olivia Carrillo, ALA def. Jazlyn Chandler, Rich, fall 2:16

155 pounds

Hailey Broderick, GrantsvilleAmelia Simper, MantiNina Hillier, RichLindee Ussing, GrantsvilleSydnei Christensen, RichfieldKelsey Diane Weaver, Canyon View

Championship — Hailey Broderick, Grantsville def. Amelia Simper, Manti, fall 5:02

170 pounds

Addison Butler, GrantsvilleDahlia Perry, UnionAddison Kriegh, TinticSummerlynne Mikesell, RichfieldVioleta Gonzalez Anzaldo, Canyon ViewAbigail Woods, Duchesne

Championship — Addison Butler, Grantsville def. Dahlia Perry, Union, fall 1:52

190 pounds

Tilisa Matakaiongo, Canyon ViewHannah Perry, North SanpeteKueni Douglas, RichfieldJasmin Brown, UnionZoey Cloward, GrantsvilleMacee Ercanbrack, Juab

Championship — Tilisa Matakaiongo, Canyon View def. Hannah Perry, North Sanpete, fall 2:50

235 pounds

Tomi Rogers, OgdenKilie Milberger, JuabMaitae Cardenas, Canyon ViewDanelynn Castro, MantiMacie Chukwuba, GrantsvilleIna Silvers, Enterprise

Championship — Tomi Rogers, Ogden def. Killie Milberger, Juab, fall 0:34

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