Friday, January 13, 2006

Two Hailey matmen reach final bracket

At big Nampa meet

Express Staff Writer

The Wood River wrestling team continues to show signs of improvement, with two members qualifying for the final round of the Rollie Lane Invitational tournament, held in Nampa Friday and Saturday.

Wood River junior Jordan Vert, who wrestles in the 152-pound class, won two of his three matches in the preliminaries to reach the final bracket.

He was pitted in the opening round against the meet's No. 1 seed and last year's State 4A 145-pounder runner-up, Brady Garner from Preston. Garner won by decision, but Hailey head coach Logan Brower was proud of Vert's effort.

"Jordan wrestled him pretty tough," he said.

Vert finished with a 2-2 record in the tournament. Garner went on to win his next four matches to win the tournament in the 152-pound class.

Wood River sophomore Isaac Sherbine, who wrestles at 112 pounds, qualified for the final round with a 2-1 record in the preliminaries. But Sherbine, who is still rebounding from a broken leg suffered last summer, injured his knee in the preliminaries and was held out of the finals.

"He's just now able to get back, and when he hurt his knee he was kind of limited so we decided to hold him out," Brower said.

No other Wood River wrestlers made the final bracket, but Brower said they're all getting better.

"This was a tough tournament," said Brower, adding that teams from Nevada and Oregon made the trip. "Everybody is showing improvement, which is all I can ask for."

Wood River wrestled Filer and Wendell Wednesday night and will compete in the Madison Invitational in Rexburg tonight and Saturday.

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