Gavin Ayotte, Uintah
After pinning his first three opponents in the 120-pound division, the junior went the distance for his second conseutive state title. Payson’s Wyatt Hone paid the price against Ayotte’s ferocious style in a 24-10 decision.
Caleb Armstrong, Hurricane
One match after his brother lost a chance at a state title, the junior came through with a pin against Mountain Crest’s Logan Mano at 132 pounds. Armstrong has taken one step each year; he was third as a freshman and second last year.
Kaygen Canfield, Bear River
Eighteen of the senior’s teammates jumped the guard rails to meet the three-time champion in the hall to celebrate his 152-pound title. “It feels amazing because I’ve been chasing it for so long,” Canfield said. “Once you win your first one, two and three they just expect.”
Cooper Legas, Orem
The junior hit the trifecta with a state title in three different sports. He won a 7-5 thriller against Byron Anderson in the 195-pound final to add to his hardware collection. His other state titles are in football and javelin.
The number of points separating champion Mountain Crest from runner-up Uintah.
The number of individual titles for Mountain Crest (Braydon Mogle at 113 pounds, Tanner Lofthouse at 160 pounds). The Mustangs had seven wrestlers advance to finals.
The number of wrestlers who sang the national anthem before the championship rounds. Desert Hills’ Byron Anderson delivered a stellar rendition to get the evening started.
The number of points scored by Unitah’s Gavin Ayotte in his 120-pound championship final, the most scored in the final round.