Friday, February 17, 2012

District wrestling crowns to Heiden, Bailey

WRHS qualifies 7 for state

Wood River High sophomore Cooper Bailey (120 pounds) repeated as Great Basin Conference wrestling champ and Wolverine junior Thomas Heiden (182) added his first district title Wednesday at Canyon Ridge High in Twin Falls.

Action took place during the six-school GBC 4A tournament during which 105 high school wrestlers in the region competed for four spots in each of 15 weight classes in the State 4A tournament set for Feb. 24-25 at Holt Arena in Pocatello.

Wood River entered 14 wrestlers (21-22 match record) and seven qualified for state.

Other state qualifiers from Hailey were second-place wrestlers Tim Boyle (113) and Storm Anderson (170); third-place Tommy Bailey (145); fourth-place Jeremiah Linderman (220) and Chris Carnes (285).

Placing but not qualifying for state were fifth-place Kaleb Guisasola (106) and Andrew Beck (120); and sixth-place Jackson Toothman (160).

Wood River coach Shawn Huntington said, "Although only the top four placers go to state, we had some wrestlers who were very close. Senior Andrew Beck just missed state. Senior Zach Brown, wasn't able to go to districts as he broke his collarbone Saturday."

Minico of Rupert (343 points) repeated as conference team champion over Jerome (316) during the one-day meet. Canyon Ridge (236.5) placed third, Twin Falls (211) fourth, Wood River (155) fifth and Burley (65) finished sixth in team totals.

The Minico Spartans earned five district titles and qualified 16 for state. Jerome qualified 14, Twin Falls 10, Canyon Ridge 9 with four champs, Wood River 7 and Burley 3.

Wood River wrestlers and their records Wednesday:

106 pounds—Sophomore Kaleb Guisasola 2-2.

113—Junior Tim Boyle 1-1.

120—Sophomore Cooper Bailey 3-0 and senior Andrew Beck 1-2.

126—Sophomore Riley Beck 0-2.

132—Sophomore Dillon Bunce 0-2 and sophomore Jake Halopoff 0-2.

138—Sophomore Kyle Clark 1-2.

145—Junior Tommy Bailey 3-1.

160—Freshman Jackson Toothman 1-3.

171—Junior Storm Anderson 2-1.

182—Junior Thomas Heiden 3-0.

220—Senior Jeremiah Linderman 2-2.

285—Junior Chris Carnes 2-2.

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