Wood River Middle School wrestlers from Hailey competed at the Great Basin Conference tournament on Saturday, Dec. 12 at Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls.
Demonstrating great effort and intensity, the eighth-grade team wrestled to a second place finish in the team standings.
Cooper Bailey capped his undefeated season with a first place finish at 98 pounds. He defeated fellow Wolverine and second place finisher Colby Guisasola in the finals.
Marshall Reyburn was undefeated this season in the conference and wrestled to first place as well. Entering the tournament unseeded, Rudy Chavez fought his way to the finals and defeated his teammate Kaleb Guisasola in the 82-pound class to produce yet another 1-2 finish for Hailey.
Other Wolverine wrestlers who placed were:
2nd place—Beau Boss 152 pounds.
3rd places—Riley Beck at 103 pounds, Kyle Clark 112, Kris Dugger 119 and Quinn Guthrie 125.
4th places—Tad Crane 135 pounds, Dillon Bunce 140 and Max Mihalic 215.
Other noteworthy performances over the 2009 season belonged to Gus Conrad (10-4), undefeated in the conference and winner of the Robert Stuart Invitational, and Adrian Medina (10-3), runner-up at the Robert Stuart Invitational. Both wrestlers sustained injuries late in the season that prevented them from competing at the conference meet.
Also at the conference meet, both Wood River seventh-graders wrestled to third place finishes. Isaac Wilson at 75 pounds and Morgan Shipp at 150 finished their seasons with strong performances.
Meanwhile, Rudy Chavez, Kaleb Guisasola, Cooper Bailey, Colby Guisasola, Quinn Guthrie and Marshall Reyburn will be traveling to the Idaho Middle School State Tournament today, Friday to compete.
Joining them for the second annual State Middle School Tournament at Nampa's Idaho Center are sixth-graders Ryan Anderson (1st Stuart Invitational) and Colby Castle.