No. 7 Sandy wrestling floors St. Helens
Elias Fields, Jose Silva finish with pins
Elias Fields and Jose Silva enjoyed pins against visiting seventh-ranked Sandy on Thursday, but the Pioneers were too strong.
Sandy rode six pins and took 10 of 14 bouts for a 54-22 win.
Fields, a junior ranked 10th in Class 5A at 120 pounds, pinned Pioneers junior Payten Andrews in 3:55 at 126.
Silva, a senior ranked seventh at 132, pinned Sandy sophomore Taylor Giltner.
Colton Beisley, 10th at 145, won a 9-0 major decision over Pioneers sophomore Max Topliff at 152.
Colton Albertson accepted a forfeit at 285.
For Sandy, sophomore Hunter Rickman sixth in Class 5A at 113 pinned Levi Clark in 2:13 at 120.
Top-ranked 132-pound senior Zach Wigzell, who won last years 126-pound state championship, defeated sixth-ranked Michael Bowen 11-5 at 138.
Sophomore Levi Rotzien, third at 138, pinned Thomas LaVoie in 2:32 at 145.
Sixth-ranked freshman Jack Rademacher pinned Logan Carter in 3:40 at 160.
Ninth-ranked senior Roy Swan (182) and James Ruhl (junior, 220) accepted forfeits.
The Lions were scheduled to wrestle at Liberty at 7 p.m. on Thursday, the results of which were unavailable at press time, and at fourth-ranked Hillsboro at 7 p.m. on Feb. 11.
The Class 5A District 1 Tournament begins at 2 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19, at Hillsboro High.
St. Helens took third to Sandy and Hillsboro at the district tournament last year.
Hillsboro and Sandy were respective second and third at state last year.
Sandy 54, St. Helens 22
106: Colby Giltner, S, pinned Trevor Johnson, :34; 113: Jacob Hernandez, S, pinned Joseph Austin, 1:34; 120: Hunter Rickman, S, pinned Levi Clark, 2:13; 126: Elias Fields, SH, pinned Payten Andrews, 3:55; 132: Jose Silva, SH, pinned Taylor Giltner, 1:08); 138: Zachary Wigzell, S, over Michael Bowen, 11-5; 145: Levi Rotzien, S, pinned Thomas LaVoie, 2:32; 152: Colton Beisley, SH, def. Max Topliff, major decision, 9-0; 160: Jack Rademacher, S, pinned Logan Carter, 3:40; 170: Abe Mitchell, S, pinned Cole Benshoff; 182: Roy Swan, S, won by forfeit; 195: Mackay Ivie, S, def. James Poland, 13-6; 220: James Ruhl, S, won by forfeit; 285: Colton Albertson, SH, won by forfeit.