OREM — After his team fell short at the hands of the Viewmont Vikings in last year’s state tournament, Wasatch head coach Wade Discher decided to make some changes to his program.
First and foremost among those: the development of depth.
Wasatch hadn’t and still doesn’t lack for star-powered wrestlers, what with the Zak Kohlers, Stockton O’Briens and Sammy Heywoods of the world littering the Wasps’ roster.
The depth behind them was an issue, however.
“Last year we took second to Viewmont and they had the numbers,” Discher said. “They had those second-tier (consolation round) kids who weren’t as experienced and they just blew us out of the water. I thought we had the better team, but with six classifications you need to have numbers. You need to have people scoring.”
With an eye on a return to the top of 5A wrestling, Discher and the Wasps worked diligently all season to develop that depth.
“I changed our schedule this year,” Discher said. “I really tried to focus on that. We sent our well-known kids to national tournaments, and I stayed back (with the rest of our team). We went to three or four Utah tournaments where those kids could get more mat time and more experience. We really tried to tend to the development of those kids, because if we are going to win (state) as a team that is where it is at.”
After Day 1 of the state tournament, the work appears to have paid off.
When competition ended Wednesday night at Utah Valley University’s UCCU Center, Wasatch was in first place, with 121 points.
The Wasps advanced nine wrestlers to Thursday’s semifinals, including Kohler, O’Brien and Heywood and Mitchel Slack.
As for Discher’s depth concerns, Wasatch did well enough. The Wasps had five wrestlers advance in the consolation round, leaving the team with 14 total wrestlers …read more
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