Mid weights are
strong for wrestlers
WRHS opens 2003-04 campaign
Wood River High School’s wrestling team
didn’t have a district champion last season, but the young Wolverine mat team
ended up sending eight to the State 3A tournament.
Seven of those state qualifiers are
returning for Wood River coach Danny Turner and assistant coach Kim Orchard as
the Wolverines prepare to open their 17-match, five-tournament 2003-04 campaign.
Wood River travels to Jerome Thursday,
Dec. 11 then tackles Century of Pocatello Friday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. in the new
high school gym, Hailey.
Coach Turner said, "We have a solid 18
guys out, and 10 of them are returning from last year. Most of our experience is
from the 145-pound weight class and on up. It will be tough to beat us there
Leading the way are senior 145-pounder
Duane Miller (31-13 last winter) and senior 152-pounder Robert Wiesen (32-17,
61-46 career). Wiesen placed second in the district tourney.
Other senior-class state qualifiers
returning are 160-pounder Brandon Silvia (24-18) and 189-pounder Russell Adams
(15-18). Junior 171-pounder and state qualifier Greg Lyons (25-17, 37-33 career)
is also back.
Coach Turner said, "The upperclassmen come
with a lot of experience and a good work ethic. They’ve been in my system for
two years and know what’s expected of them."
The two sophomore state qualifiers are
district runner-up Dustin Selner (16-12) at 215 pounds and unlimited, and
112-pounder Sid Watson (21-17).
Other returning wrestlers are senior Brad
Dussell at 189/215, sophomore Josh Orchard (10-17) at 130 pounds and sophomore
Tim Vert at 140.
A promising freshman who did a lot of
freestyle wrestling this past summer is 103-pounder Murdock Miller.
Rounding out the squad are senior Steve
Fields at 135 pounds, sophomore T.J. Squires at 171, sophomore Donald Sluder at
152/160 and four other freshmen. They are:
Jordan Vert at 119 pounds, Bronco Bravo at
125, Mike Heinrich at 145/152 and Levi Stinnett at 152/160.
Wood River’s schedule of matches is
rigorous. Turner said, "We’ve tried to upgrade our schedule because we’ll be
going up to 4A next year."
Third-year coach Turner said the new
wrestling room at the high school is a great addition for the team.
"The school did an awesome job of
providing a large and safe environment for the kids to practice. They seem to be
breaking it in well," he said.
Turner added, "All the kids have taken
advantage of the weight room and have increased their strength with the help of
coach (Brett) Wright."