Friday, February 24, 2012

Wolverines ready for state wrestling

7 matmen face big test in Pokey

You can argue that every match-up is a tough draw during the 55th annual Idaho State Wrestling Tournament sponsored by the Idaho High School Activities Association. Idaho's top wrestlers in 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A classifications have made the grade for this weekend's tourney in Pocatello.

But the seven Wood River High School wrestlers in the 4A field will have more than their share of tough draws when the first two sessions of the two-day tournament get underway today, Friday from 9:30-11 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. inside Holt Arena at Idaho State University.

Take Wood River sophomore Cooper Bailey, who repeated as Great Basin Conference wrestling champion during the Feb. 15 league tournament in Twin Falls and qualified for state.

In the 120-pound weight class, Bailey (22-9) has drawn sophomore Michael Cook of Kuna (37-3) for his first match in the 16-wrestler class. All Cook has done in his relatively short career is win 80 of his 84 matches and stroll away with the State 4A 103-pound championship last February.

Wood River's other district champ, junior 182-pounder Thomas Heiden (27-10), has a less challenging draw. Heiden has already wrestled and beaten first-round state foe Garrett Pirtle (7-6), a Twin Falls soph, in the semi-finals of last week's GBC tournament.

Junior Tommy Bailey (30-12) has a first-round rematch with GBC 145-pound king Kaleb Price of Canyon Ridge (33-14). Price pinned Bailey in the conference semi-finals.

If Wolverine junior Storm Anderson (19-12) can advance past Shelley soph Jackson Cook (31-15) in today's 170-pound first-rounder, Anderson is likely to next face last year's State 4A 160-pound champ David Borden of Minico of Rupert. Borden pinned Anderson in the GBC finals last week.

Wood River's other openers:

113 pounds—Junior Tim Boyle (22-15) vs. junior Chase Green of Madison (37-4). 220 pounds—Senior Jeremiah Linderman (10-4) vs. senior Jade Parsons of Jerome (23-8). Linderman was pinned by eventual GBC runner-up Parsons in last week's semi-finals. 285—Junior Chris Carnes (10-12) vs. senior Emilio Archuleta of Pocatello (6-9). Archuleta placed fifth in the same class at last year's state meet.

Consolation matches start at 1 p.m. today and the five sessions continue through about 9 p.m. Saturday's semi-finals begin at 9 a.m., with consolation semi-finals and finals from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., the Parade of Athletes at 3:30 p.m. and the final matches right after.

Columbia of Nampa is the three-time defending State 4A champion. Coeur d'Alene has won two straight 5A crowns, while Declo (2A) and Snake River of Moreland (3A) are returning team kings as well.

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