Orem • Maika Tauteoli is not a man of many words. But few words are needed when you move like he does.

The Pleasant Grove junior was in full-on attack mode Thursday night as he defeated Hillcrest’s Keala Mahe to win the 220-pound title at the Class 6A state wrestling meet.

It was Tauteoli’s second consecutive crown – he won the 195-pound class last year in Class 5A – and capped a dominant performance by the Vikings, who returned to the top of the team podium for the seventh time in eight years.

“I was just trying to play smart and not take too many shots,” said Tauteoli, who put his head right between the two Hs on Mahe’s singlet three different times for takedowns in a 7-3 victory. “I just tried to be safe, I guess.”

Said Vikings coach Brock Moore: “He’s just a stud. He’s powerful and athletic. He’s just powerful.”

Tauteoli’s measured attack was representative of the Vikings’ season on the whole. After watching Layton take the team title a year ago, Pleasant Grove put its collective head down and charged the competition.

Pleasant Grove amassed 283 points, bolstered by eight wrestlers in championship matches. Layton finished with 202.5 points to edge Herriman (200). Bingham was fourth at 166.5.

The Vikings typically use black as the color around which they rally come season’s end, but this year they went white. Fans dressed in white and wrestlers bleached hair to match.

Whatever works, right?

“Some of the guys said they were going to bleach their hair a few days before state, and I was like, ‘Uh, OK,’” Tauteoli said.

Pleasant Grove junior Cole Zorn earned the team’s other individual state title, outlasting senior teammate Luis Garcia at 132 pounds.

Zorn won 3-1 after a pin in the state semifinals. The result makes up for the disappointment of a runner-up finish at 120 pounds last year and last week’s loss to Garcia in regionals.

“You never know what’s going to happen when you wrestle your own teammates,” Zorn said. “Actually, we only wrestled each other in practice like twice ever. He’s a stud.

“I’ve been dreaming of this since I was little. It feels so good.”

The team title is Pleasant Grove’s 19th, which ranks fourth all-time behind Delta (34), Uintah (23) and Wasatch (21).

Two wrestlers earned their third state title Thursday night. Bingham’s Cole Moody recorded four pins in four matches to cap his career with a 182-pound title. Layton junior Terrell Barraclough also won by fall in his championship match to claim the 126-pound division.

They become the seventh and eighth wrestlers to win three state titles over the past decade.


Team scores • 1. Pleasant Grove 283; 2. Layton 202.5; 3. Herriman 200; 4. Bingham 166.5; 5. Syracuse 159.5; 6. American Fork 146; 7. Fremont 120.5; 8. Weber 80.5; t-9. Davis 59; t-9. Hunter 59; 11. Westlake 52.5; 12. Taylorsville 46.5; 13. Copper Hills 43; 14. West Jordan 33; 15. Hillcrest 30; 16. Northridge 29; t-17. Kearns 24; t-17. Riverton 24; 19. Cyprus 20; 20. Granger 13; 21. Clearfield 3; 22. Lone Peak 1.

106 • River Wardle, Herriman, p. Gage Ogden, Herriman, in 5:18

113 • Jacob Finlinson, Westlake, major dec. Zeke Kelley, Pleasant Grove, 14-5

120 • Kegan Leatherow, Fremont, SV-1 Oakley Ridge, Pleasant Grove, 7-5

126 • Terrell Barraclough, Layton, p. Rhett Miner, American Fork, in 3:19

132 • William Zorn, Pleasant Grove, dec. Luis Garcia, Pleasant Grove, 3-1

138 • Tyson Humpherys, Layton, p. Anthony Ridge, Pleasant Grove, in 45 seconds

145 • Josh Bartholomew, American Fork, dec. Braden Henson, Taylorsville, 6-4

152 • Logan Jensen, Herriman, major dec. Jaxon Moore, Pleasant Grove, 20-10

160 • Caleb Schulte, Taylorsville, dec. Harrison Sperry, Pleasant Grove, 3-2

170 • Mason Christiansen, Bingham, major dec. Jeff Hardy, Fremont, 14-2

182 • Cole Moody, Bingham, p. Jayden Burton, Syracuse, in 2:39

195 • Tucker Bartels, Syracuse, dec. Tristan Carman, Herriman, 3-2

220 • Maika Tauteoli, Pleasant Grove, dec. Keala Mahe, Hillcrest, 7-4

285 • Brady Briskey, Weber, p. Ian Filoso, American Fork, in 1:34