Freshman Credited with Opening Door for Ute Wrestling Team Win

The Uintah Ute wrestlers had a great weekend. The team placed first at the Thoman Soda Ash Memorial Tournament in Green River but the winning pin wasn’t the most exciting match of the tournament. These guys came from behind to win, explains Coach Gregg Stensgard, with 3 JV wrestlers stepping up to fill varsity spots left open as Varsity wrestlers sat out due to injuries. A freshman, Cody Brewer, was among the new recruits. Coach Stensgard asked Cody if he would wrestle up two weight classes and Cody didn’t even hesitate. “Here we had this freshman who hadn’t wrestled for very long but we needed someone in that spot and a win or we would be out of the tournament,” says Coach Stensgard. “Cody got in there and won, putting us in position to win the dual. That was the only match he won of the day but it was the only one he needed to win. He wrestled a big, strong kid with more experience but Cody had a bigger heart.” The team went wild watching Cody battle and fight. “I’ve never seen the team so pumped up over one match,” shares Coach Stensgard. “I think Cody reignited everyone’s passion for wrestling this weekend with his ability to wrestle with heart and guts and leave it all out there and in the end that’s all I can ask of my wrestlers.”

  Freshman Cody Brewer is pictured with his team while he holds the Ute's trophy for their weekend win. The Uintah Ute wrestling team won 1st place at the Thoman Soda Ash Memorial tournament. Cody Brewer stepped up to Varsity and wrestled up two weight classes, winning a key match that opened the way for the Ute win.

Freshman Cody Brewer is pictured with his team while he holds the Ute's trophy for their weekend win. The Uintah Ute wrestling team won 1st place at the Thoman Soda Ash Memorial tournament. Cody Brewer stepped up to Varsity and wrestled up two weight classes, winning a key match that opened the way for the Ute win.

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