For the last time this season the Bear River High wrestling team took to their home mat, hosting the Malad Dragons in a non-region meet as the Bears prepare for the 4A divisional tournament this week.

Senior Logan Pond, a 2018 4A state champion at 220 pounds, was set to repeat his state title this year but an injury to his knee slowed down his season. Pond returned to the mat on Wednesday, Jan. 30, as the Bears hosted their last home meet against Malad on Wednesday, Jan. 30. Equipped with a knee brace, Pond wrestled Parker Boyer at 285 and won 1-0. Pond is set to compete at this week’s divisional tournament.

“He’s always impressed us,” said Coach Jeff Smart.

The Bears added points to the scoreboard with eight pins from Wyatt Larsen (182), Colter Freeze (220), Trenton Ward (106), Cael Wilcox (113), Joshua Shaw (126), Cristian Sanchez (138), Easton Winward (152) and Justice Dworshak (170). Zack Folkman at 132 won 4-1, Payden Goeckeritz at 145 won 10-6 and Mason Morris (160) had a tech fall 15-0.

The Bears beat Malad 62-18.

The Bears will travel to the 4A divisional tournament Feb. 8-9, in Tooele.

“We feel really good going in,” said Smart. “This is the toughest division with Mountain Crest and Payson.”

The 4A state wrestling tournament will be held Feb. 15-16, at Utah Valley University in Orem.