Three Forks Wrestling finds success at 2 large tourneys
January 18, 2023
The Three Forks High School Wrestling team had four wrestlers place at two large tournaments last week.
Brayden Linville finished fifth (106), and Cole Rogers was seventh (113) at the prestigious Rockwell Rumble in Herriman, Utah. Competing with nine wrestlers, Three Forks finished 28th out of 71 teams in the field from nine states, including California powerhouse Clovis High School and the top-ranked team in Utah, Layton High School.
The Wolves also found success at the Choteau Classic, with Gabe Hungerford finishing in third place at 145 pounds and Mathias Hogue finishing in fourth at 126.
Three Forks Head Coach Nye Howey said his team wrestled well at the tough tournament in Utah.
Along with praise for the strong performances from Linville and Rogers, Howey said Levi Wagner and Dylan Kamps both advanced to the "blood" round and wrestled well. He added that Brummie Bogus, Jesse Eide, Chase Kirkland, Jack Hayder, and Josiah Gonzalez had good tournaments.
Linville was dominant to start the two-day tournament with four straight victories to advance to the semifinals. He won by fall over Ridger Shaw of Hurricane at 1:15, won by fall over Farrell Burman of Wasatch at :27, won a 10-0 major decision over Rylon Teeples of South Summit, and pinned Hanks Jacobson of American Fork at 5:33.
Linville bounced back from losses in the semifinals and consolation semis with a pin in 48 seconds over Kolten Kelly of Millard in the fifth-place match.
Rogers opened the tournament strong with three consecutive pins. He won by fall over Paul Wright of Hurricane at:37, Quinton Dursteler of Skyline in 51 seconds, and Lorenzo Call of Stansbury at 3:12. After losing in the quarterfinals, Rogers came back strong with a pin over Ryder Christensen of Wasatch at 1:30. Rogers finished in seventh after a 7-6 win over Kyler Pace of Layton.
Boggus had two wins for Three Forks at 106 pounds, winning by fall at 1:37 over Joseph Blackwell of Mountain View and a pin over Kruz Allred of Ridgeline at 2:57.
Chase Kirkland had a win for Three Forks at 132 pounds, picking up a 10-2 major decision over Ty Hawkes of Bear River.
After losing by decision in his first match at 138 pounds, Wagner came roaring back with three straight wins for the Wolves. Wagner won a 13-4 majority decision over Chet Kunzler of Bear River, a 4-3 decision over David Wetzel of Spanish Forks, and won by fall over Alex Gruber of Riverton at 1:59. Wagner was eliminated from the tournament after a heartbreaking overtime loss to Jackson Ricks of Box Elder.
Kamps had an outstanding tournament for Three Forks at 144 pounds. After losing his opening match, Kamps had five straight victories for the Wolves. Kamps won by technical fall 16-1 over Jackson Smart of Tooele, pinned Jacob Ireland of Layton at 1;39, pinned Will Neddo of Riverton at 2:24, won a 6-1 decision over Gabe Emery of Kemmerer and won in overtime over Orin Mease of Fruita Monument. He missed out on placing after a blood round loss to Henry Good of Clovis.
Eide had a pin at 157 pounds, defeating Jaxon Peterson of Mountain View at 5:34.
Howey said the Choteau Classic is also a tough tournament, and both Hogue and Hungerford did a good job. He added the tournament was also a good opportunity for younger wrestlers.
Hungerford won his first two matches at 145 pounds in Choteau to advance to the semifinals with a pin over Jonathan Williams of Wolf Point at 2:18, and an 8-0 major decision quarterfinal win over Mason Elliott of Plains. After falling in the semifinals, Hungerford bounced back strong with a pin over Payson Allaire of Choteau at 1:38 and won the third-place match with a pin over Wyatt Biggers of Whitehall at 1:43.
Hogue went 4-2 at the tournament, getting a pin in all his victories. Hogue opened with a pin at :33 over Parker Bushnell of Shelby, won by fall over Carsen Sullivan of Conrad at :41, secured the pin on Chantz Connelly of Valier at 1:38, and pinned Dayton Brown of Jefferson 53 seconds in the match.
Wyatt Hart-Barker had two wins for Three Forks at 132 pounds. He won by fall over Kyler Bates of Florence-Carlton at 1:46 and pinned Jason DeVries of Conrad in 23 seconds.
Carson Lattimore picked up a win by fall for Three Forks at 160 pounds, defeating Chance Horn of Valier in 35 seconds.
Alex Fletcher had a win at 205 pounds, winning a 4-1 decision over Grant Holen of Manhattan.
The Three Forks High School Wrestling team will be hosting a home event on Thursday, January 19 at 6 p.m.
On Friday and Saturday, the Wolves will be traveling to compete at the Class B/C Duals in Townsend.
Howey said the duals are a good opportunity to see how they match up with teams from across the state.