Miner wrestlers prepping for divisional tourney
February 4, 2014
Seven Park City High School wrestlers will head to Ben Lomond High School this weekend to compete in the divisional tournament.
Based on the results at the divisional tournament, where the Miners will wrestle against athletes from Bear River, Tooele, Grantsville, Ben Lomond, Stansbury, Juan Diego, Uintah, Union and Morgan, eight wrestlers from each weight class will advance to the state championships.
Senior Colin Horne (182-pound class), sophomore Beckett Ricks (160 lbs.), junior Josh Pelegrin (152 lbs.), freshman Jacob Pelegrin (145 lbs.), sophomore Jackson Kelly (113 lbs.), sophomore Greg Shagen (106 lbs.) and freshman Spencer Cameron (106 lbs.) all advanced past the Region 10 tournament.
Though Cameron is questionable for the divisional tournament with an injured shoulder and Kelly won’t compete due to a concussion, assistant coach Tony Pelegrin is hopeful that a few Miners have what it takes to advance to the state tournament.
He said if Horne wrestles the way he’s been wrestling lately, he’ll have a good shot at advancement.
"I haven’t seen some of the other kids in his bracket, but he’s wrestled a couple of them before, so he has a chance," Pelegrin said. "I’ve looked at the drawings, but I’m not sure if that’s going to stay. If the seeding stays the way it is, he has a chance to move forward."
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The road will be a little bit tougher for Shagen, who is also battling his way through a shoulder injury.
"Greg’s a good wrestler, but he’s in a really hard bracket," Pelegrin said. "He’s actually a true 106, when most of these kids have probably come down from 113 or even 120. These kids are pretty stocky, so it’s going to be a tough bracket for him.
"Greg was able to wrestle with the shoulder [at regions], but it’s still a little sore. We’ll tape him up the same way and he’ll wrestle again."
And Josh Pelegrin, who along with Shagen and Horne, earned fourth-place medals at the region tournament, also has a chance to advance to state.
For this week, Tony Pelegrin said the team is working on getting healthy and staying fit.
"We’re just working on conditioning," he said. "At this point, there’s not much else you can do. You try to fix some weaknesses, point out where they made mistakes, but there’s not a lot of new stuff going on right now."
With a young, inexperienced squad, Pelegrin is counting on the divisional tournament showing the athletes what they need to focus on to improve before next season.
"Most of them, this is their first year," he said. "It’s kind of an eye-opener for them. We’re trying to say, ‘Hey, this is the quality of competition and competitiveness you’re going to see moving forward.’"
Should any Miners advance, the state tournament will be held at Utah Valley University in Orem Feb. 13-15.
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