Wrestlers make an impression
At tough Buhl tourney
The Wolverines have lost reigning state
champion Matt Conover to knee surgery, but that doesn’t mean the Wood River High
School wrestling team is without resources.
Coach Danny Turner’s Hailey squad made an impression at the tough, 29th
annual Buhl Invitational last weekend by placing 11th of 17 teams with 52
points—ahead of teams like Jerome and Declo.
Wood River’s nine wrestlers had a 12-17 record and five made it to Saturday’s
final day. Snake River of Moreland won the team title with 195.5 points. Elko
(Nev.) had 146.
Junior Duane Miller (11-5 season) posted the best result, placing second in
the 135-pound class with a hard-fought 8-3 loss to two-time state champion
Travis Stone of Gooding. It was the only championship match pitting two Magic
Turner said, "Stone is a big, strong kid, but I think we found a way to
wrestle him—try to take him down. That’s important because Stone wrestles in our
His effort against Stone and Miller’s 4-2 semi-final victory over #2-ranked
Cody Plant of Snake River "put Duey’s name on the map," according to Turner.
Miller, now ranked #5 in Idaho, ended up winning three matches at the meet.
Another junior, Robert Wiesen (11-5), made it to the semi-finals at 145
pounds and finished 3-2 for the two-day tournament. Senior Casey Markwell (6-7)
won his first match at 189 and added two pins to finish 3-2.
"Casey has been wrestling tough," said Turner. "I was pleased with the way
our varsity wrestled."
Junior Brandon Silvia (6-6) won two matches at 152 pounds and lost a close
3-1 decision to eventual second-place Blake Higley of Kimberly. Josh Orchard
(6-6) collected a 12-2 decision at 119 pounds.
Considering Wood River’s tough early-season slate, Turner believed Saturday’s
sophomore-freshman tourney in Twin Falls would instill more confidence in the
Seven wrestled there. All enjoyed some success. Freshmen Sid Watson at 103
and Dustin Selner at 215 pinned all three of their foes. Tim Vert won two
matches at 140, while T.J. Squires had a pin and a 15-point technical fall at
Dual win in Twin
Turner’s Wood River squad earned a 51-30 dual meet victory over host Twin
Falls last Wednesday, and Hailey also dropped a hard-fought 42-33 dual to
Century of Pocatello.
The coach said, "The kids got a feel of what a tough dual meet is. They’re
stepping it up, wrestling exciting matches."
Against Twin Falls, Wiesen (1:20) and Adams (0:56) logged a pair of
first-round pins at 145 and 152 pounds, and Tim Vert pinned at 2:37 at 135
pounds. Silvia had a 5-4 decision over A.J. Stone at 160.
Wood River (2-4 duals) also won five weight classes by forfeit. Winners were
Watson, Genii Vert, Josh Orchard, Miller and Chris Heywood.
Highlight of the dual meet against Century was Orchard’s 15-14 decision over
Josh Miller at 119. Orchard trailed by nine points in the third, then rallied
with two escapes, one takedown, one near fall and the decisive takedown at the
Miller pinned at 140, Wiesen won 5-2 at 145, Adams pinned at 152 and Lyons
won a 9-5 decision at 171. Winning by pin were Markwell (42 seconds) and Dussell