Spartans Have Solid Performance at Skyhawk Showdown


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Emery was invited to the Skyhawk Showdown this past weekend. There, 22 different schools competed in the tournament, including many larger schools such as Lone Peak, Logan, Davis and Woods Cross, to name a few. The Spartans had a great showing and finished forth as a team overall, trailing Altamont, Salem Hills and Beaver.

Byron and Jess Christiansen faced off in the semi-final of the 106 weight class. Byron won by decision and then went on to pin Ryan McKitrick from Mountain View in the championship round to finish first. Byron went undefeated in the tournament with five pins in his six matches. Jess won his last match to finish third and end with a 4-1 record.

Korby Christiansen (126) made it all the way to the final in his weight class by pining four opponents in five matches. Korby was then defeated in the final match to John Evans from Beaver but placed second in the tournament.

Jarin Allen (113) went 5-3 in his matches and a close 8-7 decision win propelled him to a third-place finish.

Coach Kirk Christiansen had one word to describe the weekend, “Domination!”

“They did awesome,” he continued. “We won all the matches we should have and some we probably shouldn’t have because the boys fought so hard.”

There were a couple setbacks for the Spartans on day two of the tournament as Bryar Meccariello (145) and Hayes Dalton (170) couldn’t continue due to injury.  Meccariello was undefeated before his injury and still finished fourth even though he forfeited the last two matches. When asked about a timetable for the returns of Meccariello and Dalton, coach Christiansen said, “We hope to get them back this week.”

Emery will host N. Sevier on Wednesday at the Spartan Center. The match will be broadcast live on ETV Channel 10 and streamed online at The Spartans will then travel to Juab for a tournament this weekend.

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