OREM, Utah – The Utah Valley University wrestling team took to the mat Wednesday night at the annual UVU Intrasquad Dual in Orem and put on a show with 29 wrestlers competing in 24 matches on two mats.
“We’re excited about how things went,” UVU head coach Greg Williams said. “The attitude was good on the team and the guys wrestled hard. I noticed some technical things that we need to work on especially from our younger guys, but those are things that we can correct. We also saw some very close matches, showing us what kind of talent that we have.”
Most of the 29 grapplers competing took to the mat twice on the evening and in all seven of them won two matches apiece. Returners Colby Christensen (125 lbs.), Eric McAllister (Hwt.) and Kyle West (141) as well as newcomers Napoleon Aniciete (157 lbs.), Chase Cuthbertson (157), David Prieto (184) and Derek Thomas (184) all won a pair of bouts.
Christensen picked up two major decision victories by defeating Jade Rauser (14-6) and Jarod Maynes (9-1). McAllister won his with a first period fall (2:21) over Zac Jensen and a 9-5 decision against Dustin Dennison. West pulled out a hard fought 10-8 win over Avery Garner as well as an 11-3 major decision over Glenn Terrano.
Aniciete held his opponents scoreless by defeating Andrew Orr (7-0) and Jake Falk (8-0) by a total of 15-0. C. Cuthbertson picked up two decision wins over Falk (8-3) and Orr (13-6), while Prieto won his bouts over Dominic Borelli (5-3) and Phillip Sorensen (3-1), and Thomas beat Sorenson (10-2) and Borelli (3-2).
With 20 newcomers on the roster this season, the winners of the matches will help Williams determine his starting lineup for the dual season.
“These matches really gave us a good idea of where guys are at conditioning wise, with their technique, and mentally,” Williams added. “There will be some other determining factors into naming our starters but this gave us some indications on a few guys.”
UVU will officially begin the season this Saturday when it heads to Powell, Wyo., to compete at Northwest College’s Trapper Open. The following weekend (Nov. 12), the Wolverines will head to Harrisburg, Pa., to start its dual season when it takes on Ohio State, Illinois, Buffalo and Shippensburg at the Wrestle for a Cure Duals.
“I’m anxious for this weekend, we’ve been working out for a long time,” Williams added. “The guys are chomping at the bit for the chance to wrestle against competition besides their own teammates. I’m not normally an optimistic guy, but I feel like we will head up to Powell and compete very well.”
Courtesy of James Warnick, Utah Valley University, Assistant Sports Information Director