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4A wrestling: Box Elder's Brock Hardy achieves perfection in quest for third state title

Published February 10, 2017 10:10 am

4A wrestling • Wasatch claims team championship.
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Orem • Three.

That was the only number Box Elder junior Brock Hardy wanted to talk about after winning his third state championship in as many attempts, this one in the Class 4A 152-pound bracket Thursday.

That he did it by winning 47 matches in a row was not a concern.

"I never worried about my record," he said. "If I lost some along the way, it wouldn't matter as long as I ended up here. My focus has always been doing my best to help my team."

Speaking of the team, Wasatch claimed its third consecutive team trophy by scoring 62.5 points more than second-place Payson. The Wasps collected six title Thursday at Utah Valley University's UCCU Center.

But Hardy was one of only two 4A wrestler to finish the season undefeated. Corner Canyon's Shaun Stockwell accomplished the feat at 285.

What Hardy does carry is the weight of a family legacy on his shoulders, but it's a burden he's proud to bear — now.

"It's kind of a thing in my family," he said.

That is something of an understatement. His father, Chris, entered the Box Elder program as a freshman in 1984, the first year of coach Mike Ripplinger's tenure.

Brock's brother Koleton is a two-time state champ, winning titles in 2010 and 2011. Three uncles and numerous cousins also have wrestled, and that group has collected six additional state titles.

"I remember growing up and wondering how I was going to live up to that," Hardy said.

He started wrestling when he was 3, and is the youngest boy of his generation in the family.

"At first I wanted to be like them," he said. "Then when I got to sixth grade or so, I began to worry that I might not be able to measure up to the standards they set."

Hardy said it was probably his freshman year before he really was able to put away that fear.

"It hit me about the mid-point of the season," he said. "Ever since then, I've been able to wrestle loose and wrestle my style. It's been fun."

Not that the family ties weren't still a factor.

"To be honest, I have to give a lot of credit to my cousins for my success," Hardy said. "I live on a dairy farm, and we all work together. As the youngest boy, they would beat me up, and they still do. They have some weight and years on me.

"That made me tougher growing up; now it makes me humble," he added. "The work we do and our family relationships have helped me develop my mental toughness. I consider that one of my greatest assets."

And now with three state championships in three years, he's more than measuring up to his family's standards. —

Class 4A title matches

106 • Gavin Ayotte, Uintah, p. Jacob Ethridge, Payson, in 4:40

113 • Garrett Ricks, Box Elder, def. Quenton Mortimer, Maple Mountain, 9-6

120 • Brandon Meikel, Kearns, def. Sammy Heywood, Wasatch, 3-1 in OT

126 • Stockton O`Brien, Wasatch, def. Noah Patterson, Salem Hills, 13-4

132 • Zak Kohler, Wasatch, def. Walther Noble, Olympus, 5-0

138 • Isaac Wilcox, Olympus, tech fall Holland Knudsen, Timpanogos, in 4:22

145 • Corbin Smith, Wasatch, def. Jed Loveless, Payson, 9-5

152 • Brock Hardy, Box Elder, p. Jeff Eidem, Timpanogos, in 3:51

160 • Jakob Discher, Wasatch, TB-1 Tucker Tomlinson, Uintah, 6-3

170 • Brandyn Van Tassell, Maple Mountain, def. Wyatt Monroe, Payson, 2-1

182 • Ritchie Heywood, Wasatch, def. Justin Martin, Salem Hills, 5-1

195 • Chayce Loveless, Payson, def. Parker Kay, Maple Mountain, 8-0

220 • DJ Cohen, Wasatch, p. Alek Shope, Uintah, in 5:36

285 • Shaun Stockwell, Corner Canyon, p. Riley Taylor, Box Elder, in 3:03

Team scores • 1. Wasatch 262.5; 2. Payson 200; 3. Uintah 194.5;4. Maple Mountain 149; 5. Salem Hills 139.5; 6. Box Elder 138; 7. Corner Canyon 89; 8. Mountain View 61; 8. Orem 61; 10. Woods Cross 57.5; 11. Kearns 54.5; 12. Timpanogos 52.5; 13. Highland 50; 13. Olympus 50; 15. Alta 40.5; 16. Cyprus 38; 17. Spanish Fork 26; 18. Skyridge 24; 19. Provo 22.5; 20. Hillcrest 21; 21. Timpview 17; 22. Skyline 12.5; 23. Bonneville 9; 24. Bountiful 6; 25. Murray 3; 25. Springville 3






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