San Juan High graduate heads to St. George to wrestle for Utah Tech
by Rhett Sifford
Former San Juan High School wrestler Tayden Mark is now a Trailblazer. Mark signed a letter of intent to wrestle for Utah Tech University in May and will begin competing with the team as an incoming freshman this fall.
Mark finished fourth at the 2023 2A Utah High School State Wrestling Tournament in February. He earned a win by fall before being pinned in the quarterfinals.
He fought back to win a match by technical fall and two by pin to earn a spot on the consolation finals but ultimately fell by decision. He won 26 matches and lost six during the 2023 season.
In 2022, his junior season, Mark was injured but still went 13-9. In the 2022 state championships he brought home a fifth-place finish, going 2-2 on the weekend at 165 pounds with both wins by fall.
San Juan wrestling assistant coach Shane Musselman spoke after learning that Mark was going to Utah Tech. “Tayden is a great kid and athlete,” Musselman stated.
“He works hard to accomplish goals and set high goals for himself. He told me earlier in the year he wanted to wrestle in college and I offered to help.
“He didn’t need my help; he did what was needed on his own. I think Tayden is at the right place, furthering his education and competing in a sport he loves.
“I’ve coached Tayden for two years. He made great improvements from his junior to senior year and I think he will only get better in a college room.”
While at Utah Tech Mark plans to study Sports Management.