Two PCHS wrestlers qualify for state
Two Park City High School wrestlers qualified for this weekend’s state tournament at Utah Valley University in Orem after wrestling well at the North Divisional Tournament Feb. 6-7.
Senior captain Josh Pelegrin and junior Garret Hisamoto qualified in their respective weight classes to clinch spots at state.
Pelegrin led the way for the Miners, finishing third at the North Divisional Tournament in the 160-pound weight class. He only lost one match in the tourney, something Park City Coach Tony Pelegrin (Josh’s dad) said was due to a couple uncharacteristic mistakes.
"He could have done better in it, but it was a pretty good match," he said. "He wrestled pretty well throughout both the [Region 10 and North Divisional] tournaments. He just has to not make some of the mistakes he made. He made a couple mistakes that got him caught early on."
Pelegrin expects Josh to have a strong showing at state if he can eliminate those early mistakes.
"A couple of the kids are good wrestlers, but they’re the same quality he is," he said. "I don’t think there’s anything he’s doing that can’t get him to the next level. I think he can compete for placement at state, if not even winning it."
That said, Pelegrin expects the 3A state tourney to provide the best competition Josh has seen all year.
"There are some difficult schools that are coming up," he said. "We’re in 3A with Payson and Herriman has some good wrestlers too. There are a couple kids from down south we’re going to have to watch. But, depending on his seeding, he may have an easier road. Placing third [at the North Divisional Tournament] should help him a lot."
For Hisamoto, a first-year wrestler who qualified in the eighth and final spot in the 195-pound weight class, experience is the name of the game this time around. Pelegrin said this year’s state tournament will be all about getting Hisamoto ready to come back next year and do even better.
"He didn’t wrestle the first half of the year, so he’s only wrestled four matches," Pelegrin said. "He won his first match at divisionals, though, so he got through. I think it’ll be good experience for him."
The key to success this weekend is avoiding mistakes, Pelegrin said. Both Josh Pelegrin and Hisamoto will have to be clean technically if they want to advance to the second day of the tournament.
"You’re going to be wrestling better-quality wrestlers," Pelegrin said. "So if you make a mistake, they’re going to take advantage of it."
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