Friday, December 23, 2005

Wolverines lose to Burley, Kimberly

Team continues to show improvement

Express Staff Writer

Wood River's Sid Watson takes Burley's Jordan Tomez off his feet during a match Wednesday night in Hailey. Watson was pinned in the third period.

Jordan Vert was unstoppable for Wood River wrestling Wednesday night, winning both of his matches against Burley and Kimberly by pin.

Vert was the only Wolverine to win a match against Burley, pinning Chris Park in the third period. Burley wrestlers won by pin in every other match, running away with a 60-6 win.

"(Vert's) wrestling really solid, everything's coming together for him," Wood River head coach Logan Brower said.

The Wolverines fared better against Kimberly but still fell 63-18.

Vert's second victory came with 43 seconds left in the third period, when he pinned Kimberly's Aaron Cornia. Vert was close to pinning Cornia at the end of the first and second periods, but Cornia was saved by the buzzer.

Wood River's Alex Jones also wrestled strong and picked up a victory against Kimberly, pinning Jaimon Wilcox with 32 seconds left in the final period.

"He's getting better and better," Brower said.

Jesse Broadie put in a solid effort against Kimberly's Brandon Wilcox, losing by decision 8-3.

C.J. Gorringe and Sid Watson were each pinned in both of their matches but are showing improvement.

Only six members of Wood River's team wrestled Wednesday night. Brower said some were on vacation while others, like Collin Hand, are injured. With a break until Jan. 4, Brower said the time-off will give his team a chance to improve.

"They're all getting better," he said. "But we've got to get them in a little better shape."

The Wolverines will pick up a heavy weight when the season resumes after the holidays, as Dusty Selner, who Brower said weighs about 270 pounds, has come out for the team.

Wood River will face Minico Jan. 4.

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