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OREM — Motley Crue describes it as, "the same old ball and chain" and Aerosmith refers to it as, "the same old song and dance" — either way, despite what 80s rock band terminology used, Delta had done it again.
The Rabbits nibbled past Payson, 226.0-215.0, at the UCCU Center at Utah Valley University Saturday night for their fourth consecutive 3A state wrestling championship.
"Well, it's pretty sweet," said Delta's senior Kohl Tolbert after winning the championship every year of his high school career. "As the seniors kept leaving it leaves more pressure on you and you just got to pick it up. It's the tradition that keeps Delta going."
Uintah (169.5), Wasatch (132.5), Cedar (118.0), Tooele (108.0), Bear River (105.0), Desert Hills (90.5), Juab (88.0) and Hurricane (84.0) rounded out the top 10.
OREM — The Millard Eagles maintained control of the team standings while crowning three state champions at the 2A Utah State Wrestling Championships Saturday at the UCCU Center in Orem.
In the final team standings, Millard totaled 249.5 points, beating out North Sevier's 210.5. Beaver finished third with 175, followed by South Summit (143.5) and Richfield (119).
The victory marked the Eagles' return as the state title-holder after winning five straight from 2006 to 2010. South Summit won last year. But Millard head coach Blake Turner said that trying to reclaim the crown didn't impact the way they got ready.
"The concept is the same; we don't want to change our approach," Turner said.
Millard got the championship matches started off on the right note, with Kyle Robison winning at 106 pounds. Robison — finishing his senior season with a 52-1 record — pinned his teammate, Tim White.
OREM — In the beginning stages on the first day of the 1A state wrestling tournament the two-time defending champs were on the ropes.
Altamont, looked deflated, trailing by more than 50 points with the majority of the opening day matches already in the books. At that time, the Longhorns huddled in the southern portion of the UCCU center and engaged in a motivational pep talk.
From that point forward the champs woke up and carried that momentum to complete back-to-back-to-back title runs at Utah Valley University Saturday with a total score of 183.0.
"It's pretty cool. We've worked for it. We've been bustin' our butt for three years in a row now," said Altamont's Cassidy Smith, the 285-pound champion. "It shows. We're all one, we work for the same thing."