Herriman Puts Competition In A Head Lock
Mar 13, 2015 01:46PM
● By Greg James
Junior Shane French captured second place at the state wrestling finals. Photo courtesy of Brady Clark
The Herriman High School wrestling team accomplished its highest state finish in school history. They placed third overall in 5A and had five wrestlers place in their weight brackets.
“As a coach I have high expectations. These kids put so much time and effort into the season and work on achieving their goals. As a team third place is great and we plan on improving that next year,” Mustangs head wrestling coach Steve Bowdren said.
Juniors Jaron Jensen and Wade French captured individual state championships in their weight classes.
French defeated Riverton’s Simeon Page in the championship match 5-4. He posted a 29-1 record this season and was rated No. 1 at 220 lbs. in the entire state by wrestleutah.com
Jensen defeated Syracuse’s Seth Rich 6-5 in his state championship match. He had a 31-1 record this season and won the 5A divisional qualifier by defeating Fremont’s Zane Peterson in a major decision 12-4. He was also rated No. 1 in his weight class by wrestleutah.com
“All five of our state placers are very dedicated and have sacrificed a lot of time to earn a medal at state. They are skilled, in great condition and have hearts of champions,” Bowdren said.
Freshman Logan Jensen placed fifth at 126 lbs. at state. Junior Shane French placed second at 182 lbs. and senior Taylor Brundage fourth at 160 lbs.
The Mustangs finished in first in Region 4. The five individual state placers is a school record. They qualified 14 wrestlers for the state championships.
“We had a great season. Finishing first in region and third in state is something to be proud of. We have a young team with a lot of talent coming back next year,” Bowdren said.