wrestlers head to state
Nearly a district title for
What a terrific Sawtooth Central
Idaho Conference (SCIC) tournament it was for the Wood River High School
Coach Danny Turner’s Wolverines
came within an eyelash of the school’s first-ever SCIC tournament
championship last Wednesday in Declo.
Murdock Miller (right), Wood River’s 103-pound district champion,
controls Golden Zollinger of Declo. Express photo by David N. Seelig
The Kimberly Bulldogs won their
third SCIC team title in four years with a narrow 193.5 to 184 decision
over second-place Wood River. A point here and there, and the Wolverines
would have upset Kimberly. Gooding was a distant third, 137.5.
Turner said, "I know the kids are
disappointed in not winning the title, but I’m very proud of the way
they showed up to wrestle. We wrestled about as well as a team could
wrestle, without being perfect. In 40 matches we wrestled, we had 28
Kimberly and Wood River crowned
four district champions apiece—the first time since 1997 that Wood River
had four district winners. In addition, the Wolverines had two district
runner-up wrestlers and five others who placed third.
"The kids in the final rounds
wrestled their butts off," said Turner. "We didn’t lose one qualifying
The Wolverines ended up qualifying
11 of their 17 district wrestlers for the 47th annual State 3A wrestling
tournament Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 26-28 in Pocatello. That
compares favorably with four state qualifiers in 2002 and eight state
entries for Wood River last February.
No other team in the six-school
SCIC meet qualified as many for state. Kimberly qualified 10 wrestlers
and Gooding 8 for state. In all, Wood River won 36 of its 55 matches.
Turner said, "I’m sure our five
seniors and six underclassmen who qualified for state will be determined
to get back on the mat and go to work at the state tournament."
Wood River’s district champions
were senior captain Duane Miller (32-5) at 145 pounds, senior Brandon
Silvia (27-9) at 160, sophomore Dustin Selner (20-9) in the unlimited
class and freshman Murdock Miller (32-4) at 103 pounds. Only Murdock
Miller and Selner entered as #1 seeds.
Duane Miller, the #2 seed
wrestling in the toughest class including two former district winners,
decisioned top-seeded Cody Rogers of Gooding 9-3 in the 145-pound final.
Rogers, a junior, won at 125 pounds last year, and third-place Curtis
Giles of Kimberly was the 145 king in 2003.
Miller was undefeated in four
matches at state, while Wood River’s other district winners went 3-0.
Second-seeded Silvia was a 5-2
winner over Kimberly junior Jeremiah Spencer in the 160-pound final. In
the same class, Wood River senior Russell Adams (21-15) won his
third-place match against Filer senior Chad Hofland by a 6-0 decision.
It will be Silvia’s first state berth, Adams’ second.
In the unlimited class, Selner
pinned Filer’s Spencer Hughes at 2:32 for first place. And, at 103
pounds, Murdock Miller battled past Declo’s promising freshman Golden
Zollinger 5-2 in the finale. Selner is making his second state trip,
Murdock his first.
District runner-up wrestlers for
Wood River were junior Greg Lyons (27-10) at 189 pounds and freshman
Jordan Vert (17-12) at 119 pounds.
Lyons (3-1 at district) dropped a
5-3 final match decision to Gooding’s C.J. Toone. Vert (2-1) was pinned
by Kimberly’s reigning state 112-pound runner-up Sonny Silva, a junior.
Besides Russell Adams, Wood
River’s third-place state qualifiers were seniors Robert Wiesen (20-8)
and Brad Dussell (14-12), along with sophomores Sid Watson (15-11) and
Josh Orchard (21-12).
Wiesen (3-1 district) earned his
second state trip by decisioning Brent Higley of Kimberly 12-4 in the
third-place match at 152 pounds. Dussell (3-1 district) pinned
Kimberly’s Jason Miller at 3:35 for his first state berth, in the
215-pound weight class.
Going to state for a second
straight year, Watson (3-1 district) was a 10-4 winner over Buhl’s Adam
Bridges in the 112-pound third-place match. And Orchard (4-1 district)
was all over Buhl’s Cameron Sabotka 7-0 to nail down his first state
tournament trip, in the 130-pound weight class.
Also wrestling for Wood River at
district were Dio Okamoto, Steve Fields, Tim Vert, Levi Stinnett, T.J.
Squires and Donald Sluder.
There were three repeat SCIC
district champions last Wednesday. They were Sonny Silva of Kimberly
(119), R.C. Sisson of Buhl (152) and Will Baggs of Buhl (171). Baggs
beat last year’s state 171-pound king Joey Silva of Kimberly for the
For a complete wrap-up of the SCIC
tournament results, check this week’s Express Web site.
2004 Fourth District SCIC 3A
Feb. 18, 2004 at Declo
Final team totals
1—Kimberly 193.5 points (4
1sts, 3 2nds, 3 3rds, 7 4ths)
2—Wood River 184 points (4 1sts, 2 2nds, 5 3rds, 0 4ths)
3—Gooding 137.5 points (2 1sts, 4 2nds, 2 3rds, 2 4ths)
4—Buhl 107 points (2 1sts, 1 2nd, 2 3rds, 2 4ths)
5—Declo 100.5 points (2 1sts, 3 2nds, 0 3rds, 1 4th)
6—Filer 64 points (0 1sts, 1 2nd, 2 3rds, 2 4ths)
Previous champs: Kimberly
2003, Declo 2002, Kimberly 2001, Gooding 2000
State qualifiers: Wood
River 11, Kimberly 10, Gooding 8, Buhl 5, Declo 5, Filer 3.
Note: The Wolverines (14
wrestlers) had a 19-24 match record.
* repeat district champions
1—Murdock Miller (WR
freshman, #1 seed)
2—Golden Zollinger (Declo freshman)
3—Josh Archer (Kimberly soph)
4—Jake Archer (Kimberly)
update WR—Murdock Miller (21-15) went 3-1, first state berth
1—Chris Moody (Kimberly)
2—Antonio Lopez (Gooding)
3—Sid Watson (WR sophomore, #2 seed, 3rd district 103 2003)
4—Adam Bridges (Buhl)WR—Sid Watson (4-15) went 0-2, first state
*1—Sonny Silva (Kimberly
jr., 1st dist. 112, 2003, 2nd state 2003)
2—Jordan Vert (WR freshman, #2 seed)
3—Jamon Wilcox (Kimberly)
4—Bryce Pothier (Gooding)
WR—Jordan Vert (10-15) went 0-2, first state berth
1—Nick Mulberry (Kimberly
2—Rustin Thompson (Buhl)
3—Bernardo Lopez (Gooding)
4—Sheroz Negmatov (Declo)
1—Trevor Dschaak (Declo
2—Dustin Osterhout (Declo soph)
3—Josh Orchard (WR sophomore, #3 seed)
4—Camron Sobotka (Buhl soph)
WR—Josh Orchard (10-15) went 0-2, first state berth
1—Trevor Mulberry (Kimberly
jr. 2nd dist. 125 2003))
2—Ryan Turnage (Declo jr.)
3—John Alves (Buhl soph)
4—Bryce Richman (Kimberly)
WR—Duane Miller (29-11) went 3-1, Tim Vert (1-5) went 1-2:
1—Lance Gillette (Gooding
senior, 2nd dist. 130 2003)
2—Trevor Hollibaugh (Kimberly jr.)
3—Joe Thompson (Buhl senior)
4—Brad Reeder (Filer jr.)
WR—Russell Adams (15-16) went 2-2
1—Duane Miller (WR senior,
#2 seed, 3rd dist. 135 2003)
2—Cody Rogers (Gooding jr., #1 seed, 1st dist. 125 2003)
3—Curtis Giles (Kimberly senior, 1st dist. 145 2003)
4—Cody Poole (Gooding)
WR—Robert Wiesen (31-15) went 2-1
*1—R.C. Sisson (Buhl
senior, 1st dist. 140 2003, 4th state)
2—Helamin Bingham (Gooding jr.)
3—Robert Wiesen (WR senior, #2 seed, 2nd dist. 145 2003)
4—Brent Higley (Kimberly jr.)
WR—Brandon Silvia (24-16) went 2-2
1—Brandon Silvia (WR
senior, #2 seed, 4th dist. 152 2003)
2—Jeremiah Spencer (Kimberly jr.)
3—Russell Adams (WR senior, #3 seed)
4—Chad Hofland (Filer senior)
WR—Greg Lyons (25-15) went 2-2
*1—Will Baggs (Buhl senior,
1st dist. 152 2003, 2nd state)
2—Joey Silva (Kimberly jr., 1st dist. 171 2003, 1st state
3—Brad Silvester (Filer)
4—Brandon Wilcox (Kimberly)
WR—T.J. Squires (6-17) went 0-2
1—C.J. Toone (Gooding
2—Greg Lyons (WR junior, #1 seed, 3rd dist. 160 2003)
3—Justin Walker (Filer jr.)
4—Justin Roberts (Kimberly)
WR—Greg Lyons (21-18) went 2-2
*1—Trinady Osterhout (Declo
jr., 1st dist. 215 2003, 6th state)
2—Steven Toone (Gooding)
3—Brad Dussell (WR senior)
4—Jason Miller (Kimberly soph)
WR—Brad Dussell (16-10) went 1-1
1—Dustin Selner (WR
sophomore, #1 seed, 2nd dist. 215 2003)
2—Spencer Hughes (Filer)
3—Cody Meadows (Gooding)
4—Jordan Eyring (Kimberly)
WR—Dustin Selner (16-10) went 1-1