Twenty-one Wood River High School wrestlers got their first taste of 2010-11 tournament action Dec. 10-11 at the Bucks Bags duals tournament at Capital High School in Boise (varsity) and Columbia High School in Nampa (junior varsity).
In the 32-team varsity meet, Wood River gained experience in compiling a 1-6 record—beating 5A Bandits 51-30 but falling to Meridian 42-35, Boise 61-9, Capital 47-31, Centennial 67-11, Mountain Home 42-36 and Vallivue of Caldwell 52-23.
Affecting the final scores was the fact that Wood River forfeited three weight classes in Friday's action and four weight classes on Saturday.
Two Wolverines, senior 189-pounder Kasey Barker and sophomore 140-pounder Tommy Bailey, each posted 5-1 records in the meet.
Other competitors and their weight classes were Tyler Bartlett (112), Jared Anderson (119), Andrew Beck (125), Zach Brown (145), Teague Ruhter (152), Storm Anderson (160), JR Hill (171), Auden Ruhter (215) and Alex Thomas (285).
Two-time defending State 4A champion Columbia battled back from a 32-9 deficit in the championship meet to tie Belgrade (Mont.) 35-35 and earn the Bucks Bag title on a penalty point given to Belgrade.
In the junior varsity tournament, Wood River also gave up 24 points by forfeiting four weight classes but managed to win four of six JV meets. Going unbeaten were senior Willie Dugger at 189 and freshman Cooper Bailey at 112 pounds.
Other JV wrestlers were Kaleb Guisasola (103), Tim Boyle (119), Quinn Guthrie (125), Chris Dugger (130), Kyle Clark (135), Gus Conrad (145), Paul Conn (160) and Jeremiah Linderman (215).
Next up is the Bear Cat varsity and JV meets today, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 18 at Jerome High School (V) and Twin Falls High (JV).