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Region's top wrestlers honored
by Dan Eckles
Mar 02, 2011 | 1779 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tribune file photo - Reed High wrestler Spencer Empey (top wrestler in photo) was named the Northern 4A's Upper Weight Wrestler of the Year.
Tribune file photo - Reed High wrestler Spencer Empey (top wrestler in photo) was named the Northern 4A's Upper Weight Wrestler of the Year.
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The Northern 4A's postseason wrestling awards were released last week and the Rail City was represented well. Ten Spanish Springs and five Reed wrestlers garnered Northern 4A Region wrestling honors.

"The kids did an awesome this year. They worked really hard. They deserved that credit," Reed wrestling coach Dan Barrazza said.

Spanish Springs coach Joe Imelli had similar sentiments.

"I'm pretty excited for those guys," Imelli said. "Ten kids represented is really an affirmation of all the hard work done they've this year. Considering how young we were at the beginning of the year, to see the kids mature up, was good. Everything we do is geared to regionals and those guys prepared well and got better."

The top award for a Sparks-area wrestler went to Reed's 215-pounder, Spencer Empey. The sophomore racked up a perfect 50-0 record this winter en route to winning a state championship. For his efforts, he earned the Northern 4A's Upper Weight Wrestler of the Year award.

McQueen's Joseph DeLeon and Reno's Joey Lavallee were named the region's lower and middle weight Wrestlers of the Year. McQueen's Jeromy Mumm was named the Northern 4A's Coach of the Year.

Four Reed and three Spanish Springs wrestlers were selected to the North's first team. Reece Dassinger (152 pounds), Broc Westlake (189), Spencer Empey (215) and Jeremy Macauley (285 pounds) all earned the first-team distinction for Reed.

"We're training to be the regional champions," Barrazza said. "That didn't happen. We had a really young team, but we'll get four of the five (all-region) kids back. That's exciting. They went through this season and know what it takes to get there. Our kids watched Spencer and Broc win state titles. Hopefully, winning will be contagious. We know what we're training for now and that's exciting."

Curtis Lampert (119 pounds), Blake Nauman (135) and Nikk Audenreid (189 pounds) turned the first-team trick for Spanish Springs.

Gavin Chickering was the lone Reed wrestler on the region's second team. Spanish Springs had seven wrestlers post that honor. Ryan Long (103), Angelo Fennimore (112), Austin Yohey (130), Zach Perez (140), Garek Tauchen (152), Chayce Morby (160) and JJ Phoenix (215) comprised that group for the SSHS club.

"It's nice to see those kids honored and of those 10 kids, we lose one," Imelli said. "Now, we need to start pushing ourselves to competing on the state level. We've got kids that wrestle well and obviously have shown they can win regionals, but we need to get to the next step. We need to have kids perform on the state level. And as young as we were this year, I think the kids will figure that out and push toward that."

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