West Valley City • Jordan Wengreen didn’t hear the cowboy boots, wrestling shoes and flip-flops thundering toward him. He didn’t have time.
Underneath Portal O, a few feet away from the concession stands, the Mountain Crest Mustangs swarmed their 152-pound state champion and hooted and hollered and celebrated their 2014 Class 4A title in the hallways of the Maverik Center on Saturday night.
Buried in the middle somewhere was Wengreen, moments after he’d defeated Box Elder’s Matt Williams in the waning moments of the state final. He’d wrestled Williams three times this season and each time lost in triple overtime. But Saturday’s circumstances were heightened a bit.
Having utilized their depth and won key consolation matches throughout the three-day-long tournament, the Mustangs were a win away from dethroning two-time defending 4A champion Maple Mountain.
So when Wengreen’s state title and elusive win over Williams was suddenly thrust into the air when the officials awarded Williams a stalling point, the Mustang leader took a breath and told himself he wanted no part of another overtime.
“I visualized this all week, me beating him in the finals,” Wengreen said. “I knew it would happen. I was just focusing on the next takedown.”
He got his takedown and his two points.
When the clocks read zero on Mat 4, Mountain Crest coach Guy Burdett sprung off his chair and screamed. Wengreen ripped his head gear off and fell into his coach’s arms minutes before embracing his father, his teammates and every Mountain Crest follower who wanted a hug.
“Wrestling is very often an individual sport,” Burdett said. “The team concept kind of gets pushed aside a little bit. I had several kids crying after losses because they felt as though they let the team down.”
In the end, those tears were transformed to smiles. And without those tears and those consolation match victories, the Mustangs wouldn’t have been able to overcome the Golden Eagles, who won six individual titles Saturday.
“We knew that we didn’t have the star power that Maple Mountain did,” said Mountain Crest’s 106-pound finalist, Bo Labrum, “but we knew the only way we would be able to beat them and their star power would be through everyone.”
Having held five-point leads over Mountain Crest the first two days of the tournament, Maple Mountain starred in the finals as Tanner Cox, Ryan Hansen, Trent Kelly, Taylor LaMont, Johnny O’Hearon and Kimball Bastian won titles.
But the Mustangs celebrated their 4A crown a few feet away from the pizza and soda and popcorn as the wrestlers mobbed Wengreen after his emotional title secured the team championship.
“The many can beat the few stars,” Burdett said. “That’s what we did.”
UHSAA state wrestling tournament
Class 4A finals
1. Mountain Crest 226.0
2. Maple Mountain 217.0
3. Wasatch 163.0
4. Box Elder 142.0
5. Salem Hills 110.5
6. Mountain View 106.5
7. Spanish Fork 104.5
8. Clearfield 87.0
9. Roy 61.0
10. Olympus 59.5
106: Braiden Parker (Wasatch) def. Bo Labrum (Mountain Crest) 9-3
113: Tanner Cox (Maple Mountain) def. James Wright (Spanish Fork) 4-1
120: Ryan Hansen (Maple Mountain) def. Caden Clyde (Wasatch) 10-0
126: Trent Kelly (Maple Mountain) def. Kyle Larsen (Salem Hills) 7-4
132: Taylor LaMont (Maple Mountain) def. Jaxon Van Tassell (Salem Hills) Fall
138: Johnny O’Hearon (Maple Mountain) def. Teagan Hubbard (Box Elder) 12-4
145: Branson Ashworth (Spanish Fork) def. Logan Huntington (Wasatch) 15-2
152: Jordan Wengreen (Mountain Crest) def. Matt Williams (Box Elder) 5-3
160: Jacob Armstrong (Salem Hills) def. Robert Heywood (Wasatch) 7-2
170: Kimball Bastian (Maple Mountain) def. Payton Mair (Wasatch) 9-0
182: Michal Gill (Mountain View) def. Heber Shepherd (Spanish Fork) 4-3
195: Breckin Gunter (Box Elder) def. Jordan Crofts (Skyline) 15-5
220: Colton Grossaint (Kearns) def. Zach Hansen (Springville) 4-1
285: Micah Ngatuvai (Mountain View) def. Joseph Orizaba (Murray) Fall