Dec. 26, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Sophomore 197-pounder David Prieto recently led the Utah Valley University wrestling team by placing fourth at the Reno Tournament of Champions on Dec. 16 in Reno, Nev.
Prieto went an impressive 5-2 en route to his fourth-place finish at the tournament.
The Wolverine sophomore started his run with a 5-3 decision over West Virginia's ￼￼AJ Vizcarrondo and he then advanced to the quarterfinals with a 7-3 win over MSU Northern's Toby Cheff. He then suffered a tough 3-2 setback to the two-seed and 11th-ranked Taylor Meeks of Oregon State in the quarters to drop to the wrestleback bracket.
Prieto then won his next three bouts in the wrestlebacks to reach the third-place bout with wins over Boise State's Cody Dixon, Stanford's Michael Sojka and Missouri Valley's Josh Manu. In the third-place contest, he dropped a 2-0 decision to Southern Oregon's Taylor Johnson to finish fourth.
UVU 141-pounder Avery Garner also wrestled well as he went 4-2 and just missed out on placing. After losing his first bout, Garner rolled off four straight wins in the wrestleback bracket to find himself in the consolation semis against the No. 4 seed from CSU Bakersfield Timmy Box. Garner just missed out on placing as he fell to Box.
Wolverine 165-pounder Ethan Smith and 174-pounder Monte Schmalhaus too wrestled strong as they both went 3-2 at the tournament. Heavyweight Adam Fager and 141-pounder Sam Mecham also finished 2-2 for UVU.
As a team, the Wolverines finished in 16th place out of 27 teams with 28.5 points. Oregon State won the field with 145 points while Boise State and Michigan placed second and third respectively.
Five Wolverines will return to action Dec. 29-30 at the 50th annual Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill. UVU will then come home to begin its Western Wrestling Conference dual season by hosting No. 16 Wyoming on Jan. 4.