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Granger High Wrestlers Pin their way to a Region Title 

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WRESTLING is not always an individual sport. The matches might only be 1v1, but it is a team effort. This team showed their rivals that they were more than ready for their annual rivalry meet. The meet this time was for the region championship, and both teams went into it undefeated.

The Lancers defeated Cyprus and Kearns with no problem. A very close meet between Hillcrest did not even make these wrestlers think about giving up. The Lancers came out on top for a score of 38-36. They were scheduled to face the Hunter Wolverines the day after facing the Hillcrest Huskies.

The Lancer wrestlers really needed to focus and prepare for a week of back to back region duals. The night came for the Granger Lancers to meet against their rivals, the Hunter Wolverines, in a night that will be forever in the books.

In addition, It was senior night for the Granger wrestlers. This season, Granger had four seniors on the team: Luke Wamsley (12), Isaiah Ventura-Smith (12), Daniel Flores (12) and Eric Antonio (12). It was their final night wrestling at Granger High.

The varsity line up included Arleth Antonio (9) at 106 pounds, Patricio Vasquez (9) at 113 pounds, Captain Luke Wamsley at 120 pounds, Captain Eric Antonio at 126 pounds, Blaze Blank (11) at 132 pounds, Captain Steven Mott (11) at 138 pounds, Isaih Ventura-Smith at 145 pounds, Park Beeler (9) at 152 pounds, Captain Junior Rubio (11) at 160 pounds, Luis “ Catfish” Ramirez (11) at 170 pounds, Rayden Boguslawski (11) at 182 pounds, Brian Sika (11) at 195 pounds, Robert Tabile (11) at 220 pounds, and Siotame Siaki (11) at 285 pounds.

The meet started at the 113-pound weight class, which meant Vasquez would be the first one up. After the 113 and 120 matches were over, Hunter lead 0-9.

The next weight class was 126.  Captain Antonio was looking to set the mood for the dual. In just two minutes, Antonio pinned his opponent making the scoreboard read 6-9.

Blank only needed one minute to pin his opponent, making the score 12-9 after that. Mott suffered an injury and the score was then at 12-15. In the 160-pound category, Captain Rubio brought the Lancers back in with a win.

Ramirez then won his 170-pound match to bring the score to 18-24. The Lancers needed a pin to tie the meet, and Boguslawski upset his opponent and delivered that pin to even things up. After a close 195-pound match, Hunter added three points to their score.

The Lancers needed another pin to secure the championship, and that was when Tabile pinned his opponent in 20 seconds. The meet still had two matches to go, before the Lancers were region champs.

Siaki pinned his opponent in the second round to add 6 more points to the lead and at 106 pounds, Antonio had a forfeit, adding 6 more points.

The final score was 42-27, meaning the Granger Lancers beat the Hunter Wolverines for the region title. It was a very good duel for the Lancers who came out on top and showed their rivals for the third year in a row who the kings of the ‘ville really are. The wrestling team added their 11th region championship onto the banner in the main gym.

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Granger High Wrestlers Pin their way to a Region Title