The Challis Vikings must be feeling pretty ornery on the wrestling mat.
Take, for instance, what Challis did to the Wood River Wolverines and Century Diamondbacks in an early-season triangular meet Friday night at the Hailey high school gym.
Challis absolutely kicked tail, winning 25 of 28 varsity matches for the evening, many by quick pins. The Vikings outpointed Wood River 67-9 and outclassed Century 67-4.
A small 2A school that has 80 boys enrolled—and 30 wrestlers—left their opponents no breathing room.
Wood River coach Danny Turner said, "Challis is loaded. It's hard to compare their team with anyone's."
Challis is ornery and on a mission. The Vikings placed third in the State 2A wrestling meet last February, six points behind Malad and 58 points behind state champ North Fremont of Ashton. The Vikings managed only one individual state champ.
It didn't sit well with the Vikings of coaches John Piva and Scott Brower. After all, they killed North Fremont 326-139 for the 2003 state title, and had six individual champs. And, in 2002, they defeated Malad 259-146 with five individual champs.
Challis badly wants its third state championship in four years.
Against Wood River, the Vikings had eight pins and added two forfeit wins. Two Viking state champions, Jared Leuzinger at 140 and Andrew Cutler at 152, took care of their youthful opponents Matt Libert and Jesse Broadie in a minute apiece.
One of Wood River's best wrestlers, sophomore 130-pounder Murdock Miller, was handcuffed 13-2 by Challis senior Jimmy Butts. All Butts has done is win state at 119 in 2003, and settle for second places at 112 and 125 as a freshman and junior.
The only unbeaten Wood River wrestlers, senior Greg Lyons and freshman Isaac Sherbine, were the only Wolverine winners against Challis. Lyons pinned Ricky Foster in 1:17 at 171 pounds, and Sherbine out-pointed Cody Armbrust 8-6 at 103.
Even Wood River's Levi Stinnett had a tough time, and the determined sophomore has been one of Hailey's best to date. Stinnett struggled and fought and finally dropped a 15-8 decision to Kyle Arneson of Challis.
Coach Turner was delighted to say goodbye to Challis and hello to Century later Friday evening. And Wood River won its first dual meet of the young season 40-31 over the D'backs. It was also Wood River's first conference win in the 4A Great Basin loop.
The match of the meet was Jordan Vert's 14-3 four-point decision over Levi Williams of Century at 145. Vert was ahead 9-0, then was thrown on his back. Vert recovered and ended up winning—one of seven Hailey victories.
Sherbine (3-0) pinned in the first round at 103, as did Lyons (3-0) at 171, Stinnett (2-1) at 160, Miller (2-1) at 135 and freshman Collin Hand (1-2), who had his first win at 189. Freshman Josh Christiansen (2-1) won by forfeit then pinned at 3:00 in his exhibition match at 119 pounds.
Wood River also enjoyed success in junior varsity matches.
Tim Vert, a junior, pinned twice in JV action and Alex Burwell, another Wood River junior, came up with his first-ever win, by fall.
Wood River traveled to Twin Falls Tuesday, Dec. 14 for another dual meet against a 5A school. The Wolverine varsity goes to the Bear Cat Invitational tournament Friday and Saturday in Jerome, with JV wrestlers going at it the same days in Twin Falls.
Here are Friday night's results:
Challis 67, WR 9
103—Isaac Sherbine (WR) won 8-6 over Cody Armbrust (Ch). 112—Jonathan Diem (WR) was pinned 1:25 by Cody Ivie (Ch). 119—Josh Christiansen (WR) was pinned 1:20 by Clint Verbeck (Ch). 125—Marcos Ugaz (WR) was pinned 1:34 by Justin Baker (Ch). 130—Murdock Miller (WR) lost 13-2 to Jimmy Butts (Ch). 135—WR forfeit to Challis. 140—Matt Libert (WR) was pinned 1:05 by Jared Leuzinger (Ch). 145—Jordan Vert (WR) was pinned 3:02 by Drew Latimer (Ch). 152—Jesse Broadie (WR) was pinned 1:01 by Andrew Cutler (Ch). 160—Levi Stinnett (WR) lost 15-8 to Kyle Arneson (Ch). 171—Greg Lyons (WR) pinned 1:17 Ricky Foster (Ch). 189—Collin Hand (WR) was pinned 2:33 by Matt Verbeck (Ch). 215—T.J. Squires (WR) was pinned 3:35 by J.T. Sullivan (Ch). 275—WR forfeited to Challis.
WR 40, Century 31
103—Isaac Sherbine (WR) pinned 1:45 Jason Johnson (Cen). 112—Jonathan Diem (WR) lost 15-1 to Evan Walker (Cen). 119—Josh Christiansen (WR) won by forfeit, but pinned 3:00 Kohntopp (Cen). in an exhibition match. 125—Double forfeit. 130—Marcos Ugaz (WR) was pinned 1:30 by Jared Hendricks (Cen). 135—Murdock Miller (WR) pinned 1:30 David Thomas (Cen). 140—WR forfeit to Century. 145—Jordan Vert (WR) won 14-3 over Levi Williams (Cen). 152—Tim Vert (WR) lost 11-6 to Derik Sorensen (Cen). 160—Levi Stinnett (WR) pinned 1:24 Kyle Williams (Cen). 171—Greg Lyons (WR) pinned 1:00 Joe Delehanty (Cen). 189—Collin Hand (WR) pinned 1:49 Stephen Acheson (Cen). 215—T.J. Squires (WR) was pinned 1:14 by Chris Winland (Cen). 275—WR forfeited to Century.