Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club heads to Utah – The Delta Discovery, Inc.

Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club: Front left to right: 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. Back row from left: Jordan Lienberger, Paul Dyment and Ryan Wheeler.

Eight wrestlers from the Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club traveled to Provo, UT and competed in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling duels as well as 3 separate individual tournaments this June. The fight for Bethel was Isabel Lieb, Landon Smith, Joseph Smith, Tyler Laraux,

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

For the High School Girls FREESTYLE Duals on 6/15, Lieb won 2 games 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 Montana’s Teagan Vasquez in the first round.

In the 130-pound division, Joseph Smith defeated Mark Zuniga of Nevada and Brayden Robison of Utah. Smith lost to Mason Gutenberger of Montana. In the 135 weight class, Tyler Laraux defeated 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 fights, falling to Noah Jones of New Mexico and Sebastian Macedo of California.

In Greek wrestling, Paul Dyment (125) fought for Montana3, with a 0-4 record. He was beaten 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 on Day 2 (Freestyle Duals) with a 0-3 record. He fought 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, beating Ryan Nuno of Idaho and Travis Reidy of California. He was beaten by Kale Reeves of Washington and Gage Clothier of Montana).

Landon Smith ranked 2sd, displaying 2-1. He beat Roany Proffit of Wyoming and Dylan McDonald of California by TF 10-0. In the first place game, he lost to Ethan Perryman of Calif. From Dec. 10-5.

Isabel Lieb placed 3rd in the 140 lb girls’ division. She beat Kayli Acosta of Idaho and Heaven Matheny of Alaska. She lost to Lizzie Shunn of Utak in the semifinals.

Ethan Wheeler (120) was also competing with a brace, Joseph Smith (126), Tyler Laraux (132), Charles Smith (128) and Jordan Lienberger (152).

WESTERN UNITED STATES CHAMPIONSHIPS – FreeStyle Results for Alaska, 6/18

Paul Dyment won by technology fall against Sean Davis of Montana in Division 120. He then fell to Anastacio Martinez of New Mexico and Gage Clothier of Montana.

Landon Smith (120) placed 2sd victory by technology over Nathanael Gonzalez of California, Israel Gonzalez of Utah and Dylan McDonald of California by TF 12-0. His only loss came from Ethan Perryman of California.

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

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

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

Western US Championships Results-FOLKSTYLE for Alaska (06/19/21)

Joseph Smith (126) and Jordan Leinberger (152) also struggled.

In boys 5-6e Ethan Wheeler grade division (120) ranked 4e. He fought against Satoshi Davis of Nevada, Drake Morrison of Idaho and Gage Brady of Utah.

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

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

For the Open 9 high schoole-12e category 120 weight division Landon Smith took 2sd. He beat Hale Robinson of Hawaii, Gavin Laverde of California, Hale Robinson again, and then Michael Ziniti of Idaho. His only loss came from Ethan Perryman of California.

Charles Smith fought in Division 138, he defeated Morgen Cunningham of California. He had two losses – Carson DesRosier of Montana and Eli Abercrombie of Idaho.

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

Notably, Isabel Lieb played a total of 23 games during the week and placed in all three tournaments. Landon Smith played a total of 19 games and placed 2nd in all three individual tournaments. Ethan Wheeler, Paul Dyment and Joseph Smith each ranked for the first time at this tournament. And for Tyler Laraux, he was 1-6 the week before the final day of competition, but ended up being his division’s folkstyle champion on Saturday with a 3-0 record.

Congratulations to the Bethel Freestyle Wrestling Club team!

Robert J. King