Regional wrestling championships start Friday |

Regional wrestling championships start Friday

by Joey Crandall

The best wrestlers in the Northern 4A will descend on the mats at Carson High School to compete for the regional championships.

The two-day tournament kicks off with opening ceremonies at 3 p.m. Friday. Wrestling will begin at 3:15 on three mats.

Championship semifinals are set for 10 a.m. Saturday and finals will begin at 3:30 on the showcase mat that afternoon.

Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. Children 8 and younger and senior citizens 62 and older will be admitted free of charge.

Defending Northern 4A champion Spanish Springs appears to be the favorite for the team title again. The Cougars have the best depth in the region and boast eight No. 1 seeds heading into the individual brackets.

Sierra League champion Carson, though, has seven No. 1 seeds of its own and is coming off a perfect league slate.

Reed (three No. 1s) and McQueen (two No. 1s) could make a quiet run at the team title, and Douglas and Damonte Ranch, each with two top seeds, could make some noise as well.

After taking its lumps through a tough dual season with a shorthanded roster, Douglas had eight of its 10 competing wrestlers earn top-four seedings heading into the tournament.

Sophomore Sullivan Cauley leads the group after blasting through the Sierra League schedule with a 5-0 record.

He’ll compete as the Sierra’s top seed in the 195-pound bracket.

Senior Nick Lufrano, despite wrestling up from about 180 pounds this season, claimed the top seed in the 220 bracket after posting a solid 4-1 dual record.

Logan Ames (126) is the Sierra No. 2 at 126 pounds with a 4-1 league record and Zach Fiene (132) claimed the No. 3 seed, as did Parker Hoshizaki (145), Seth Trivitt (160) and Ian Kendrick (285).

Eduardo Jacob claimed the No. 4 seed at 170 pounds and Zach Singer (182) and Dillon Hekhuis (160) will compete in their respective brackets as well.