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4A/3A wrestling: Canfield rebounds from torn ACL to win 3rd state title

Saturday , February 10, 2018 - 8:36 PM

More than five months ago, Kaygen Canfield tore the ACL in his right knee while jumping over the goal line for the Bear River football team against Juan Diego in the Bears’ season opener.

His football season was done and so was his wrestling season before it even started — except, somehow, it wasn’t. Saturday night at the 4A state wrestling championships at Utah Valley University, Canfield tasted glory.

Canfield won his third straight wrestling state championship, hanging on to a 1-0 decision to beat Mountain Crest’s Brayden Guthrie in the 4A 152-pound championship match.

Canfield called his win, which he secured with an escape in the second period, relief more than anything.

“It’s hard to believe, I don’t know, I still felt that pressure like last year,” Canfield said by phone Saturday. “I felt the pressure to win it again ... I still felt that same pressure even though I shouldn’t have. That pressure is what kept pushing me.”

Canfield started walking two weeks after his surgery, then started an advanced rehab program in December. He and his friend, Maverik Skinner — who tore his ACL the day before Canfield did — would wake up at 4:30 a.m. every day to drive to Logan for 5:30 a.m. rehab sessions.

After a month of that, Canfield was ready to return to the mat. But things were a little different.

“I thought that the tough part was going to be coming back from my injury. The real tough part was learning how to wrestle with it,” he said. 

He had to lead with his other leg and learn some new moves to do on top. The first tournament Canfield wrestled in this season was the Richardson Memorial at Box Elder High in January.

“The whole year my coach has been telling me this is possible, if you wrestle in the state tournament that’s a win, if you win the state tournament that’s legendary,” Canfield said.

Canfield wasn’t the only Bear to go home a winner. Bear River 220-pounder Logan Pond won a state championship with a 5-2 decision win against Snow Canyon’s Tuiits Kanosh.

The Bears as a team finished fourth with 153 points and Mountain Crest won the team championship with 253. Bonneville’s Austin Bush fell in the 106-pound finals against Payson’s Cole Jensen.

3A WRESTLING: Trussell finishes unbeaten

There’s something about three that has a nice ring to it.

Morgan wrestler Chase Trussell won his third straight state championship and finished the season with a perfect 54-0 record after a second-period pin over South Summit’s Gordon Hermansen in their 220-pound championship match at the 3A state wrestling championships Saturday. 

“This one was definitely the most special one, it’s my senior year, it’s my last high school season match and the undefeated season on top of it,” Trussell said.

Trussell, who was the ninth-ranked 220-pounder in the country coming into the tournament, according to FloWrestling, started the second period on the bottom, quickly escaped and got a pin on Hermansen just as quickly. It was over just as the action had started again.

Trussell says he plans to wrestle in college. He has an offer from Campbell University in North Carolina, but he said he’s going on visits to Utah Valley and the University of Wyoming soon. 

He was one of three Trojans to go home victorious Saturday. Jarrett Jorgensen defeated Juab’s Kalob Nybo 16-14 in overtime to win the 120-pound weight class and Antonio Nava scored an 8-5 decision to win the 152-pound division.

That was good enough to put Morgan in third place in the 3A team standings with 171 points. Juab won the team title with 304 points.

BOYS BASKETBALL

WASATCH ACADEMY 65, DAVIS 61

MT. PLEASANT — Davis’ 25-point fourth quarter surge wasn’t enough to knock off Wasatch Academy on the road Saturday. The Darts trailed 50-36 against the Tigers, an independent team that plays a mostly regional and national schedule.

Dallin Anderson came off the bench to lead Davis in scoring, going 6 of 9 from 3-point range to score 18 points. Rich Stucki scored 17 points and Tyson Garff added 13.

You can reach prep sports reporter Patrick Carr at pcarr@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @patrickcarr_ or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/patrickcarr17.

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