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Alysha Damron 2017 Tennis Player of the Year
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Special to the Wave Alysha Damron was honored at the the annual Utah Tennis Association Awards Banquet held on January 31 at the Gathering Place in Gardner Village in Midvale, Utah.  Alysha was the recipient of the Gran Prix Girl's 16 Doubles award and also was awarded the 2017 Player of the Year / Overall  Girl's Gran Prix Point Challenge Winner.  Presenting the award was Robin Wise. She stated that the winner of the Gran Prix awards usually goes onto play college tennis.  These two awards are determined by the points accumulated over the year by entering Utah open division tournaments.  As each tournament is played points are accumulated and with each win additional points are accumulated.  Alysha played in both Girl's 16 and Girls' 18 tournaments over the 2017 winning multiple championship titles in each division.  Alysha plays with Timpanogos Valley Tennis where her father Coach and Director of Tennis, Bill Damron, couldn't be more proud of her.  He said,  "This is such an amazing honor for her,  she has worked hard and exemplifies the essence of a true tennis player."  Also honored at the banquet from Midway was Katri  Koehle Adult NTRP Ranking Winner.   Congratulations to both of these players and their hard work throughout the 2017 year!
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Wasatch brings home 5 State Titles
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By Martin Lee Van Roosendaal II Special to the Wave Last Wednesday the Wasatch High School Wrestling Team attended the 5A State Wrestling Tournament. The Wasps went into the tournament heavily favored to take 1st, but fell short to Viewmont High School by 61.5 points. Maple Mountain took 3rd with 181 points which was 67.5 points behind the Wasps. “We had a great tournament,” said the Wasps head coach Wade Discher. “I would have liked to see more of our kids place, but we came out flat on the first day and some of our wrestlers were beat out early. However, on the 2nd day we totally dominated the competition and had 20 wins and only 5 losses. I felt our performance was great and I couldn’t have asked anything more especially on the 2nd day.” At 120 lbs., Treyson Davis, a sophomore, took 5th place. He had a 20-9 record this year and wrestled Tanner Orton, who had a 34-12 record. Davis ended up pinning Orton in 1:03 minutes of the match. “Treyson did a good job,” said Coach Discher. “He is only a sophomore and we look forward to him taking 1st next year.” Brock Lloyd, a sophomore who wrestled in one of the toughest weight classes, 152 lbs., placed 5th in the tournament. “Brock Lloyd had a great tournament in a challenging weight class,” said Coach Discher. “He battled it out and did a good job. He is one of the guys to look out for next year.” Decklan Kelly, a sophomore at 113 lbs., had an outstanding tournament taking 3rd place. His only loss was to his teammate Mitchel Slack (who ended up taking the state title). “Decklan and Mitchel should have faced off against each other in the finals,” said Coach Discher. “They just placed in the same bracket at the Divisionals, however, Decklan wrestled his heart out.” Preston Blotter, a junior, took 2nd place at the tournament. He lost to Parker Frasure of Viewmont in a 6 to 0 decision. Throughout the match Frasure fought for every point he had. Blotter, however, just couldn’t get away from Frasure and was stuck battling it out on the bottom. Frasure went into the tournament with a 33 - 0 record. Blotter had a 33-19 record. “Preston had a great tournament,” said Coach Discher, “I’m really proud about how he did. He battled tough and wrestled a tough kid in the finals, but he had a great tournament.” Along with Blotter, Porter Chamberlain, a junior, finished in 2nd place. “Porter wrestled a tough kid,” said Coach Dishcer. “Isaac Wilcox of Olympus is a tough wrestler who had dedicated all of his time to wrestling. His strategy against Porter was to take him down and let him go because he knew that once porter got a hold of him he would lose the match. Porter has come a long way this year and has been eating up the competition this year. Porter is dangerous on the mat and the Isaac kid knew it and wrestled in such a way to limit what Porter was able to do.” Mitchell Slack, a junior, turned it up for the State Tournament. He wrestled at 113 lbs. this year and dominated most of the competition. He took the state title this year by dominating each match. In the finals he took his opponent to the mat 5:52 minutes into the match and pinned him for his 1st state title. “Mitchell had a great tournament,” said Discher. “He was focused and determined this year. It was fun to watch him in the tournament and he deserved to have a big time win. He was just dominant and tough.” Sammy Heywood, a sophomore, has had a great season this year. His record is 40-3 and he has controlled every match he has wrestled this year at 126 lbs. He took 1st in state this year beating Tierre Patterson of Maple Mountain in the finals by a major decision 16 to 8. “Sammy just wrestled solid,” said Discher. “He had a great tournament and just did what had to be done.” Stockton O’Brien, a Sophomore, wrestled at 132 lbs. He went 48-5 this season and dominated every match this year. He took 1st at state beating Jeremy Evans of Viewmont 10 to 6. The score is deceiving and closer that what happened on the mat. O’Brien controlled the match and was never in danger of losing. “Stockton is a powerhouse,” said Discher. “He rolled over everybody at the tournament and is a tough wrestler.” At 138 lbs. junior Zak Kohler placed 1st in a close match. The final score was 8 to 7 and could have gone either way. He wrestled against Shion Abe of Viewmont, who was favored to take the state title. “Zak is one of those kids that know what he is doing,” said Coach Discher. “He wrestled his heart out against the Viewmont kid and was just determined to win.” Wasatch’s final state champion of the tournament was DJ Cohen, a senior. He went into the tournament with a 39-9 record and was a slight favorite to win the 195 lbs. weight class. Cohen wrestled w. Taylor Money, of Viewmont, in the finals. Money had a 37-2 record going into the match and put Cohen to the test. Bother wrestlers were evenly matched and battled for positions to score. Cohen came out on top and beat Money 7 to 4 for the state title. “DJ went out with another state title which is a great way to graduate high school,” said Coach Discher. “He is a great kid and a great wrestler. We will miss him next year and he has been a big asset to our team.” Wasatch finished the tournament with 5 wrestlers taking 1st and 2 taking 2nd. Viewmont, the tournament champions, finished with 2 wrestlers taking 1st and 5 finishing 2nd. 5A State Championship Results 106 1st Place - Parker Frasure of Viewmont 2nd Place - Preston Blotter of Wasatch 3rd Place - Cooper McLaine Cox of Maple Mountain 4th Place - Colton Ward of Box Elder 5th Place - Brock Morris of Maple Mountain 6th Place - Colin Sierer of Highland 1st Place Match Parker Frasure (Viewmont) 33-0, So. over Preston Blotter (Wasatch) 33-19, Jr. (Dec 6-0) 113 1st Place - Mitchel Slack of Wasatch 2nd Place - Jayden Adamson of Skyridge 3rd Place - Deklan Kelly of Wasatch 4th Place - James Monson of Skyline 5th Place - Soyer Haaga of Olympus 6th Place - Kody Keith of Timpview 1st Place Match Mitchel Slack (Wasatch) 31-13, Jr. over Jayden Adamson (Skyridge) 44-10, Jr. (Fall 5:52) 3rd Place Match Deklan Kelly (Wasatch) 38-15, So. over James Monson (Skyline) 33-13, So. (Dec 9-2) 120 1st Place - Garrett Ricks of Box Elder 2nd Place - Karson Rees of Viewmont 3rd Place - Jonathan Hansen of Bountiful 4th Place - Declan Britt Morris of Maple Mountain 5th Place - Treyson Davis of Wasatch 6th Place - Tanner Orton of Jordan 5th Place Match Treyson Davis (Wasatch) 20-9, So. over Tanner Orton (Jordan) 34-12, Sr. (Fall 1:03) 126 1st Place - Sammy Heywood of Wasatch 2nd Place - Cole Tierre Patterson of Maple Mountain 3rd Place - Anthonee Ouk of Brighton 4th Place - Hadley Cowan of Skyridge 5th Place - Jacob Degraw of Olympus 6th Place - Donald (DJ) Butler of Roy 1st Place Match Sammy Heywood (Wasatch) 40-3, So. over Cole Tierre Patterson (Maple Mountain) 18-8, Sr. (MD 16-8) 132 1st Place - Stockton O`Brien of Wasatch 2nd Place - Jeremy Evans of Viewmont 3rd Place - Jaxson Wilde of Brighton 4th Place - Brayden Tucker of Box Elder 5th Place - Colby Eastmond of Skyridge 6th Place - Braden Rex of Skyridge 1st Place Match Stockton O`Brien (Wasatch) 48-5, So. over Jeremy Evans (Viewmont) 30-6, So. (Dec 10-6) 138 1st Place - Zak Kohler of Wasatch 2nd Place - Shion Abe of Viewmont 3rd Place - Morgan Fultz of Bountiful 4th Place - Jameson Burnett of Viewmont 5th Place - Garrick Kilpack of Alta 6th Place - David Keorte of Murray 1st Place Match Zak Kohler (Wasatch) 47-2, Jr. over Shion Abe (Viewmont) 36-4, Sr. (Dec 8-7) 145 1st Place - Brock Hardy of Box Elder 2nd Place - Holland Knudsen of Timpanogos 3rd Place - Lorince Essig of Viewmont 4th Place - Jack Lang of West 5th Place - Colten Bean of Maple Mountain 6th Place - Cipriano Spier of Skyridge 152 1st Place - Brayden Stevens of Brighton 2nd Place - Brad Findlay of Corner Canyon 3rd Place - Walter (Riley) Noble of Olympus 4th Place - Lucas Cochran of Box Elder 5th Place - Brock Lloyd of Wasatch 6th Place - James Hornberger of Skyridge Brock Lloyd (Wasatch) 25-27, So. over James Hornberger (Skyridge) 37-16, So. (Dec 8-7) 160 1st Place - Isaac Wilcox of Olympus 2nd Place - Porter Chamberlain of Wasatch 3rd Place - Jackson Coyle of Viewmont 4th Place - Benjamin Badonie of Provo 5th Place - Elijah Kratzer of Timpanogos 6th Place - Joshua Kim of Viewmont 1st Place Match Isaac Wilcox (Olympus) 39-2, Jr. over Porter Chamberlain (Wasatch) 38-14, Jr. (TF-1.5 4:31 (31-15)) 170 1st Place - Collin Smith of Viewmont 2nd Place - Zackary Allen Johnson of Maple Mountain 3rd Place - Trace Muse of Skyridge 4th Place - Brandon Ehlers of Woods Cross 5th Place - Dawson Woods of Alta 6th Place - Dodge Andersen of Corner Canyon 182 1st Place - Brandyn Nichols Van Tassell of Maple Mountain 2nd Place - Tyson Zesiger of Viewmont 3rd Place - Cameron Brown of Viewmont 4th Place - Brady Peters of Woods Cross 5th Place - Kai Chenoweth of Roy 6th Place - Matthew Rasmussen of Skyline 195 1st Place - DJ Cohen of Wasatch 2nd Place - W. Taylor Money of Viewmont 3rd Place - Tino Leilua of Timpview 4th Place - Nick Ware of Timpanogos 5th Place - Duncan Purpura of Viewmont 6th Place - Jaden Nessen of Box Elder 1st Place Match DJ Cohen (Wasatch) 39-9, Sr. over W. Taylor Money (Viewmont) 37-2, Sr. (Dec 7-4) 220 1st Place - Kade Carlson of Corner Canyon 2nd Place - Ryan Gunn of Box Elder 3rd Place - Wade Jacob Bastian of Maple Mountain 4th Place - Ben Read of Skyridge 5th Place - Simote Iloa of Springville 6th Place - Jackson Strong of Viewmont 285 1st Place - Andrew Bargeron of Viewmont 2nd Place - Jonathan Johnson of Highland 3rd Place - Gage Sackett of Roy 4th Place - Samuel Duran of Cottonwood 5th Place - James Tomasi of Provo 6th Place - Carson Richard Kay of Maple Mountain
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