Bucks win fifth regional title in a row
by Anna Thayn
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The Buckaroo wrestling team celebrated their fifth straight regional championship with a dominating performance at Escalante High School. The state tournament begins Friday. Anna Thayn photo
It’s a tradition the 2011 Monticello Buckaroo wrestling team was proud to continue. For the fifth year in a row, the Buckaroos brought home the Region Championship trophy from the South Divisional 1A Tournament. 

The Buckaroos dominated their competition, outscoring second place Panguitch by 60 points and finishing with 243.5 points.

The finals were a parade of Orange and Black, as nine Buckaroos lined up on the mat to battle for a championship. At the end of the day, six MHS wrestlers were crowned champions. Coach Kent Adair was rewarded for his efforts and the hard work of his team as coaches honored him as the Region Coach of the Year for the third year in a row. 

Buckaroo Senior CJ Cordasco once again made coaches stand up and take notice, and was voted the tournament Outstanding Wrestler in the lower weights. 

Brian Robinson, Coltan Musselman, CJ Cordasco, Tim Ryan, Austin Wilcox and Nephi Barlow all finished their season on top of the podium as Region Champions. All six Buckaroos won by fall in their early round matches, energizing the large Buckaroo crowd who made the trip to support the team.

In an exciting final round, the Buckaroos were strong and dominant, with each champion winning by fall early in their matches.

Finishing with second place medals are Hunter Bowring, Dailyn Warren and John Mayne. All three Buckaroos came out of round one with big wins, including a 15-second pin by Barlow and a big 10-2 win for Bowring. Warren earned two reversals in his early match, putting himself only one away from tying the Buckaroo reversals record set in 2009 by Nolan Black. Warren will get his chance to break the record this weekend at the state tournament.

Bringing home third place medals are Eric Anderson, Trevor Wagstaff and Jake Giles. Anderson had a tough semi final loss, but came back strong, winning an exciting match by fall in the consolation finals.

Wagstaff came out strong in his first match, and had a strong lead until his opponent got the best of him in the final seconds of the match, sending Wagstaff to the consolation bracket where he came back ready to win and pinned his opponent in the finals.

Giles had a tough semi finals loss, but came back strong in the consolation finals and took only 33 seconds to earn a fall and the third place medal.

Finishing with fourth place medals are Roque DeAnda and Kelland Brewer.  DeAnda lost a heartbreaker in the final seconds of the semifinal round, but an 18-4 win in the next round kept him alive. Brewer thrilled the fans with an exciting win by fall in the first round. He worked hard in the consolation finals, falling just short in an 8-6 loss.

Despite all their hard work, four Buckaroos did not qualify for the State Tournament.  Curtis Baird completed a good freshman season, falling just short of a medal. Baird lost a heartbreaker in round one, but came back strong with a 9 second fall in round two to stay alive, but a second loss put him out of the tournament. Baird earned a fifth place spot att he state tournament and will wrestle if a higher seeded wrestler is unable to compete.

Randy Jelly worked hard, picking up an exciting win by fall in the first consolation round, but teammate Roque DeAnda beat Jelly in the next round, putting him out of the tournament. Joe Engel and Moe Beh both worked hard and secured valuable experience that they will bring back to the Buckaroos in 2012.

This week, the Buckaroos close out their season at the Utah State Wrestling Tournament at Utah Valley University in Orem. 

The 1A tournament starts on Friday at 3:30 p.m. Rounds continue on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the finals beginning at 5 p.m.

Fans can purchase tickets online this year by visitingwww.uhsaa.org.  For up to the minute updates throughout the state tournament, visit the Buckaroo blog at www.monticellobuckaroowrestling.blogspot.com
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