Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club travels to Utah

Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club: In front from left are: Daryl Smith, Landon Smith, Ethan Wheeler, Isabel Lieb, Marty Smith. Middle row from left: Coach Darren Lieb, Joseph Smith, Tyler Laraux, Charles Smith, and Ava Lieb. In back from left are: Jordan Lienberger, Paul Dyment, and Ryan Wheeler.

Eight Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club wrestlers traveled to Provo, UT and competed in some Greco Roman and Freestyle Wrestling Duals as well as 3 separate individual tournaments this month of June. Wrestling for Bethel were Isabel Lieb, Landon Smith, Joseph Smith, Tyler Laraux, 

In the High School Girls GRECO Duals on June 14th, Isabelle Lieb posted a 2-2 record in the 140 and 150 lb. divisions. She defeated Aubrey Reyna of Idaho, Kacey Pua of Hawaii, and Hanna Evans of Utah. She was defeated by Celina Cook and Jaliah Miquel both of Nevada.

For the High School Girls FREESTYLE Duals on 6/15 Lieb won 2 matches and lost 3, defeating Tehani Blais of Nevada and Kayli Acosta of Idaho. She lost to Jaliah Miquel of Nevada, Michell Reibisch of Alaska, and Lizzie Shunn of Utah.

In the High School Boys GRECO Duals on 6/14 in the 125, 130, and 135 lb. weight classes, Landon Smith (125) went 2-1, defeating Anastacio Martinez of New Mexico by TF 12-0 and Philip Gerard of Nevada also by TF 13-0. He lost to Teagan Vasquez of Montana in round 1.

In the 130 lb. division, Joseph Smith downed Mark Zuniga of Nevada and Brayden Robison of Utah. Smith lost to Mason Gutenberger of Montana. In the 135 weight class, Tyler Laraux won over Austin Kelly of Utah.

For the High School Boys FreeStyle Duals on 6/15 Landon Smith (125) went 4-0, defeating James Maheras of Arizona, Anastacio Martinez of New Mexico, Tobey Ravida of Hawaii, and Dylan McDonald of California. Joseph Smith(130) also competed, losing to Lucas Eviston of Arizona, and Hale Robinson of Hawaii. Tyler Laraux (135) lost 2 bouts, falling to Noah Jones of New Mexico and Sebastian Macedo of California.

In Greco Wrestling, Paul Dyment (125) wrestled for Montana3, going 0-4. He was defeated by Carter Tate of Nevada, Tobey Ravida of Hawaii, Dylan McDonald of California, and Anastacio Martinez of New Mexico. In FreeStyle, Kyle Rice of Idaho and Adan Benavidez of New Mexico defeated Dyment.

Also in Freestyle, Jordan Leinberger (157) wrestled for Team Hawaii the 2nd day (Freestyle Duals) going 0-3. He wrestled Walker Rouse of Idaho, Deshawn Campbell of Alaska, and Ezekiel (FA) Williams of New Mexico.


Paul Dyment placed 4th in the 120 lb. division. He was 2-2, defeating Ryan Nuno of Idaho and Travis Reidy of California. He was defeated by Kale Reeves of Washington and Gage Clothier of Montana).

Landon Smith placed 2nd, posting 2-1. He won over Roany Proffit of Wyoming and Dylan McDonald of California by TF 10-0. In the first place match he lost to Ethan Perryman of California, Dec 10-5.

Isabel Lieb placed is 3rd in the Girls 140 lb. weight division. She defeated Kayli Acosta of Idaho and Heaven Matheny of Alaska. She lost to Lizzie Shunn of Utak in the semifinals.

Also competing were Ethan Wheeler (120) who went 1-2, Joseph Smith (126), Tyler Laraux (132), Charles Smith (128), and Jordan Lienberger (152).

USA WESTERN STATES CHAMPIONSHIPS-FreeStyle Results for Alaska, 6/18

Paul Dyment won by tech fall over Sean Davis of Montana in the 120 division. He later fell to Anastacio Martinez of New Mexico and Gage Clothier of Montana.

Landon Smith (120) placed 2nd winning by tech fall over Nathanael Gonzalez of California, Israel Gonzalez of Utah, and Dylan McDonald of California by TF 12-0. His only defeat came from Ethan Perryman of California.

Joseph Smith (126) placed 5th overall. He won over Simon Graeber of Idaho and Adan Benevides of New Mexico. He was defeated by Luke Schroeder of Utah.

For the Girls (140), Isabel Lieb placed 3rd. She defeated Maizie Fugate of California by TF 12-2. She also beat Kelli Johnston of California by Dec 12-10 and Heaven Matheny of Alaska, 11-7. She lost to Johnston and Lizzie Shunn of Utah.

Also competing were Ethan Wheeler (120), Tyler Laraux (132), Charles Smith (138), and Jordan Leinberger (152).

USA Western States Championships-FOLKSTYLE Results for Alaska (6/19/21)

Also wrestling was Joseph Smith (126) and Jordan Leinberger (152).

In the Boys 5-6th Grade division Ethan Wheeler (120) placed 4th. He wrestled Satoshi Davis of Nevada, Drake Morrison of Idaho, and Gage Brady of Utah.

Paul Dyment also wrestled in the 120 lb. weight class for 9th and 10th graders. He beat Abram Galvan and Travis Reidy, both of California. He fell to Kale Reeves of Washington and Chase Manski of California.

Tyler Laraux took 1st place in the Boys 9th and 10th grade 132 weight class. He went 3-0 defeating Bradyn Rate of Montana, Nainoa Silva of Hawaii, and Zadock Hawkins of Alaska.

For the High School Open 9th-12th grade 120 weight division Landon Smith took 2nd. He beat Hale Robinson of Hawaii, Gavin Laverde of California, Hale Robinson again, and then Michael Ziniti of Idaho. His only defeat came from Ethan Perryman of California.

Charles Smith wrestled in the 138 division, he won over Morgen Cunningham of California. He had two defeats – Carson DesRosier of Montana and Eli Abercrombie of Idaho.

For the girls, Isabel Lieb wrestled in the 135-140 weight class and placed 6th. She won over Rebecca Resto of Nevada and Taylor Martin of Utah. She lost to Kelli Johnston of California, Lizzie Shunn of Utah, and Heaven Matheny of Alaska.

Notably, Isabel Lieb wrestled a total of 23 matches during the week and placed in all three tournaments. Landon Smith wrestled a total of 19 matches and placed 2nd in all three individual tournaments. Ethan Wheeler, Paul Dyment, and Joseph Smith each placed for the first time at this tournament. And for Tyler Laraux, he was 1-6 on the week leading up to the final day of competition, but ended up being the Folkstyle Champion in his division on Saturday going 3-0.

Congratulations to the Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club Team!