Zane Rich completed his fourth consecutive come-from-behind victory at the state tournament to win the 5A state title at 132 lbs. After falling behind 6-3 late in the match, Zane battled to the very end. Proving in overtime that he was the more conditioned and determined wrestler. Zane is a testiment to all young athletes out there that overcoming adversity, unwavering determination, and good old-fashioned hard work can be a recipe for greatness.
We also want to congratulate the team’s other state placers who completed an outstanding season for the Titans. Jake Garver (120 lbs) and Kalin Gray (126 lbs) both finished in 4th place. James Stubbs (170 lbs) ended the tournament in 5th place. We also had many other wresters win matches and score points at the tournament to help us complete our third consecutive top ten finish.
Unfortunately, before the tournament even began the Titans were dealt some devastating news. Josh Boman (2010 state champion) and Brantley McGuire (Region runner-up) were not allowed to participate due to medical issues. This was a tough blow to a well prepared and determined team that was vying for a top three finish. I am proud of Josh and Brantley for the way they handled themselves during this adversity.
From the Deseret News:
“Syracuse’s Zane Rich dramatically claimed the 132-pound belt in the bout of the night against West Jordan’s Cody Paraso. The grapplers were deadlocked at six points apiece to force sudden-death overtime. In the extra period, Rich quickly succeeded with a two-point takedown for the win.”
From the Salt Lake Trib:
“And in the feel good/feel bad match of the night, Syracuse junior Zane Rich earned an 8-6 overtime win over West Jordan’s Cody Paraso. While Rich was getting hugs from everyone in a raucous Syracuse fan section, Paraso was pondering the futility of two third-place finishes and an overtime loss in the finals to cap his Jags career.”