Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Solid finish for wrestlers at state

Wolverines place 4-5-6

Wood River High School's wrestling team qualified three of its seven matmen for the 4A finals of the 55th annual Idaho State Wrestling Tournament Saturday at Holt Arena on the ISU campus in Pocatello.

They were junior Tommy Bailey with a fourth-place finish at 145 pounds, junior Storm Anderson with a fifth-place finish at 170 pounds and junior Thomas Heiden with a sixth-place finish at 182 pounds.

"Our wrestlers had a strong finish at the state tournament. We finished 17th in the team race with three state placers," said Wolverine head coach Shawn Huntington. In all, Wood River's seven state wrestlers compiled a 13-15 record.

The Kuna Kavemen (281.5 points) won the State 4A team title over three-time defending champion Columbia (222), with Great Basin Conference champion Minico of Rupert fourth (123) of 26 schools. It was Kuna's first crown since 2004.

For Wood River, Tommy Bailey (34-14) won four straight decisions (16-5, 8-5, 5-2 and 7-2 scores) in the consolation bracket after dropping his first-round match 6-3 to Kaleb Price of Canyon Ridge. In the third-place match, Bailey was pinned at 4:48 by sophomore Jordan Nolan of Kuna (28-12).

Storm Anderson (23-14) also went 4-2 for his six state matches and won the fifth-place consolation final by a 1:56 pin over sophomore Adam Weindl of Sandpoint. Anderson posted two other pins and an 8-4 decision. He lost in the quarterfinals by pin to eventual unbeaten two-time state champ David Borden of Minico (43-0).

Thomas Heiden (29-13) won his first two matches by 10-3 and 6-5 decisions, then lost 3-0 to eventual second-place Spencer Salinas of Caldwell (41-7) in the championship semi-finals. Heiden (2-3 state) injured his shoulder in a consolation semi-final loss, couldn't continue and settled for sixth.

Winning one match each at state were junior Chris Carnes (11-14) at 285, junior Tim Boyle (23-17) at 113 and sophomore Cooper Bailey (23-11) at 120. Boyle and Bailey each dropped their first-round state matches to the eventual 4A state champions—Madison's Chase Green (41-4) at 113 and Kuna's Michael Cook (41-3) at 120.

Also competing at state was senior Jeremiah Linderman (10-6) at 220 pounds.

"These guys worked hard this year and had great seasons," the coach said.

Other state team champs were Lewiston for the first time in 5A, Weiser 3A and Declo for the second straight year in 2A.

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