Braves take down Miners
No matter what happened Wednesday night, a team from Summit County was going to win. And, as it turned out, that team was the North Summit Braves as they beat the Park City Miners in a wrestling dual meet at Park City High School. The Braves were able to win every match.
North Summit head coach James Anson was pleased with the tough, gritty effort by his team. He noted the performance of freshman Wyatt Espell in the 145-pound weight class, who literally took one for the team, suffering a concussion in his win by points. Senior Layton Lewis also had a strong match, pinning his Park City opponent in the 126-pound weight class in the first period. Sophomore Kaydon Prescott also won by pin in the 106-pound class.
"Kaydon wrestled well," Anson said. "The Park City kid he was wrestling was scrappy and really strong."
Anson was especially happy to have an in-county dual meet.
"I’ll support any wrestling match in the county," he said. "It’s great to have rivalries and create relationships that support wrestling in the community.
He relishes in the excitement it creates over wrestling, and even welcomes taking on perennial powerhouse South Summit High School whenever possible.
Anson is also excited about where the North Summit wrestling program is headed. Unfortunately, with a small team, the Braves struggle against the bigger schools. They might win in most of the weight classes they enter but still lose because they have to forfeit in classes in which they don’t have wrestlers. The team lost in this manner in its first dual meet of the season against Morgan.
"We have great wrestlers, but we don’t have a lot of great wrestlers," he said.
Although numbers are small, he said that the program is growing and he has a long-term vision about where Coalville wrestling is headed.
"We have hardworking kids. The numbers are the biggest thing," he said. "It’s better than what it’s been in a few years. It’s slowly picking up."
He hopes that continued support and strengthening the youth program will help the high school program to flourish.
"That’s where we lack," Anson said. "We don’t have enough involvement to produce a stronger high school program."
Coalville’s youth program is led by Joe Cole, who will be sending some nationally-ranked youth wrestlers to North Summit next fall.
"The kids he does have in the room are awesome wrestlers," Anson said. "The community needs to get involved in supporting youth programs for wrestling.
Anson also hopes to restore the North Summit Tournament next season, after the long-running December meet was cancelled for this season. The Cache Valley native and Utah State University graduate is in his first year at the helm of the program and said he was not ready to host a major tournament within his first month of coaching.
"It will come back next year for sure," he said.
So instead of the North Summit Tournament, the boys will head to the West Tournament over the weekend. Park City will be competing in the tournament as well, along with many other teams from across the state.
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