The Moab Junior Devils traveled to Morgan on Friday, Dec. 12 to participate in the Air Force JH duals. The tournament consisted of six teams: Moab, Morgan, South Summit, Weber, Bear River and Mountain Crest. This tournament was run along side of the high school Air Force duals that the Grand County Red Devils attended as well.
Junior Devils coach Kelly Sheets said the team did well, considering 10 of its 14 participants are first-year wrestlers.
The Junior Devils placed fourth, winning two out of five duals, defeating South Summit 54-51, and Weber 55-47. This was the team’s first scheduled tournament, and for many on the team, their first experience competing on the wrestling mat. Sheets said the boys on the team are progressing well with their technique. He said they also did a fine job of representing their club and community.
The team is led by captains Carson Sheets, Maison Moyle, and Jarett Reidhead. Two seventh-graders went undefeated for the weekend, both going 5-0: Trea Meyer at 185 pounds, and Carson Sheets at 100 pounds. Carson Sheets’s performance earned him the Outstanding Wrestler/middle weights award for the tournament. Carson Sheets is currently ranked No. 4 in the seventh- through ninth-grade division in his weight class on the USA Utah Wrestling rankings.
Other individual results include: sixth-graders Caison Ault (75 pounds), and Dylan Harrison (80 pounds), both went 2-3; seventh-graders Carson Whitney (90 pounds) went 2-3, Maison Moyle (115 pounds) went 2-3, Brayden Trout (127 pounds) went 1-4, Taison Wilson (145 pounds) went 1-4, and Trevor Martinez (145 pounds) wrestled hard with a lot of heart, but finished 0-4; eighth-graders Christopher Thompson (105 pounds) went 2-3, Trent Elmore (135 pounds) went 1-4, Jarett Reidhead (165 pounds) went 3-2, and Preston Barlow filled the heavyweight slot only weighing 175 pounds but won four matches and lost one.
Along with Kelly Sheets, The Junior Devils are coached by JC Hall, Kyle Meyer, and Keith Reidhead. Members of the team who did not participate in the tournament are Rueben Goldtooth, Joseph Sanders and Juan Gonzalez.
“We are very excited for the Junior Devils this season, especially after seeing their potential this past weekend,” Kelly Sheets said. “We are a young team, but they are learning fast, and should have the skills needed to make the transition to high school wrestling when the time comes.”
The Junior Devils next compete at a dual team tournament in Salina on Saturday, Dec. 20, then return home for a dual match with Monticello Junior High that will coincide with the high school home dual with Monticello on Jan. 7, 2014.
Sheets, Meyer go undefeated