It was a long bus ride over to Pocatello and an even longer one back for the Wood River wrestling team Tuesday.
"We lost a heartbreaker," coach Danny Turner said.
The 5A Indians defeated Wood River 49-27. The Wolverines are now 2-5 in dual meets.
"We could have won. Poky has a good team, but they are not as strong as they have been in the past. But we had to forfeit three matches and right off the bat we're 18 points down."
The teams started wrestling at 130, and Murdock Miller's (12-6) victory by pin gave the Wolverines a leg up, but the thrust would not last.
"A forfeit made it 6-6 and then we lost our next three. From that first match, we lost our momentum and never picked it back up," Turner said.
160-pound Levi Stinnett (7-4) put the Wolverines back in the win column, beating David Hale 18-4. The sole senior on the team, Greg Lyons (13-5) followed up with a pin over Tierre Johnson in the 171-pound match.
In the 189-pound ranks, Collin Hand (8-8) had a one-point lead over his opponent with five seconds on the clock, but was flagged for stalling, sending the match into overtime where Alejandro Archiletta prevailed, 6-4.
"There was a flurry of action and Collin had just escaped from the guy. In my eyes it was kind of a quick call," Turner said. "But you can't blame the refs."
T.J. Squires (4-8) collected a forfeit at 215, setting the stage for what Turner called "the best match of the night."
Wood River junior Dustin Selner (5-3) faced off in the heavyweight division against Pocatello's Brant Bingham and the two went at it like a pair of hungry junkyard dogs
Turner recounted, "It was just a good old-fashioned heavyweight wrestling match. They wrestled from the start through the third period, until Dustin pinned him. It was a well thought out match by Dustin and the highlight of the night."
Wolverine junior varsity winners were Kyle Casey at 130, Jordan Rubinstein at 152, and Donald Sluder at 171.
Wood River was at Filer last night for a tri-match against the Wildcats and Wendell. This weekend, Hailey will help make up the field of 16 at the Madison Invitational.
"Madison will be a good test for us," Turner said. "The cream of the crop will be there: Sandpoint, Bonneville, Skyline, Blackfoot, and Rigby. There will be no easy matches and the kids will have to fight for everything they get. But if you can place at this tournament, you can place at state. That is for sure."
Pocatello 49, Wood River 27
103—Issac Sherbine lost to Colton Nielsen, 6-0.
112—John Diem lost to Nate Armstrong by pin.
130—Murdock Miller pinned Britt Coray.
140—Josh Orchard lost to Jake Wells by pin.
145—Jordan Vert lost to Terrance Johnson by pin.
152—Jesse Broadie lost to Clayton Cook by pin.
160—Levi Stinnett defeated David Hale, 18-4.
171—Greg Lyons won by pin over Tierre Johnson.
189—Collin Hand lost in overtime to Alejandro Archiletta, 6-4.
215—T.J. Squires won by forfeit.
Hvy—Dustin Selner won by pin over Brant Bingham.