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Emery Grapplers take to the mat in season opener

Chet Funk with the near fall comes within one point of his opponent.

Sports Writer

The Emery High Spartan wrestling team opened the 2011-12 season with a match against the North Sevier Wolves at the Spartan Center in Castle Dale just before Thanksgiving. Final score of the match was 41-27 for North Sevier with Emery forfeiting two matches due to lack of wrestlers in the lightest weight groups.

Emery won four matches by pins and one by decision. North Sevier won four matches by pins, three matches by decisions and one by forfeit. At 106, neither team had a wrestler so no forfeit points were given.

Kenden Huff wrestling in the 220 pound weight class, gave Emery their first points of the night by pinning his man in the second round. Huff was down 3-2 after the first round and the two wrestlers started the second round in the neutral position. After about a minute of the round with no new points being awarded, Huff took his opponent down and pinned him with 52 seconds left in the round.

Brandon McCandless, wrestling in the 285 pound bracket, took his man down and pinned him with 59 seconds gone in the first round to give Emery the lead at 12-9.

Cezly Collard at 120 pounds scored next for Emery. Collard fell behind in the first round 2-0 when he was taken down with 15 seconds left in the round. In round two, Collard started from the down position, got a reversal 13 seconds into the round and then the two battled the rest of the round with no change in score. The period ended 2-2.

In round three, the final round, Collard fell behind 8-2 including a near fall. With less than 30 seconds left in the match, Collard somehow lifted his man off of him, got a reversal to get to 4-8, got a near fall to get to 7-8 and with 1.7 seconds left in the match, Collard got the pin and won.

Cole Guymon, at 145 pounds, took his man down halfway through the first round and then maneuvered his way into a hold that allowed him to pin his man with 19 seconds left in the round. Guymon controlled the match the entire way in getting the win.

Emery's final points came from Nagel Viera at 138 pounds. Viera's first round ended with the two wrestlers tied at 0-0. The second round ended with Viera up 3-2. In round three, Viera started down and fell behind 4-3 after a near fall and 7-3 after another near fall. Viera then got a reversal to narrow the gap to 7-5 and then got the win with a three-point near fall as the period ran down. Viera won 8-7.

Chet Funk, at 170 pounds, lost 10-9 as he came close to the win. Brett Sorensen, at 182 pounds, lost a decision, as did Adam Brinkworth at 126 pounds.

Other wrestlers for Emery were Jared Shakespaere at 132 pounds, Taylor Weihing at 152 pounds, Tyson Stout at 160 pounds and Brent "George" Sorensen at 195 pounds.

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