Friday, February 21, 2014

Bailey, Anderson earn state wrestling berths

Wolverine matmen compete in GBC meet

Wood River High School wrestlers qualifying for the state tournament Wednesday in Ru-pert were Cooper Bailey (left) and Ryan Anderson. Courtesy photo

     Senior Cooper Bailey and sophomore Ryan Anderson are headed back to the Idaho High School Activities Association‘s State 4A wrestling tournament to represent Hailey’s Wood River High School.

     Bailey (40-4 season) won the 132-pound weight class with two pins and a decision while Anderson (30-11) placed second in the 120-pound class during Wednesday’s Great Basin Conference tournament at Rupert’s Minico High School.

     It is the fourth state tournament berth for Bailey, who landed his third district title with 37-second and 35-second pins leading to his 7-1 championship match decision over Minico’s Koy Meredith (27-17).

     Anderson, last year’s 106-pound district king, won three matches at Wednesday’s conference meet before coming up on the short end of a 9-3 decision in the championship match won by Minico’s Allan Jeppsen (34-7). Jeppsen, a senior, was last year’s State 4A 120-pound third-place finisher.

     In earlier matches, Anderson posted 1:31 and 5:41 pins, and won a close 9-8 semi-final over Juan Ramirez of Minico.

     The conference meet qualified the top four wrestlers in each of 15 weight classes for the two-day IHSAA state tournament Feb. 28-March 1 at the Ford Idaho Center, Nampa.

     Wednesday in Rupert, there were 13 wrestlers for Wood River coach Shawn Huntington in the six-school, 130-wrestler Great Basin field.

     Canyon Ridge of Twin Falls earned its second straight Great Basin title, although the 344.5 to 338 winning margin over second-place Jerome was much closer than the Riverhawks’ 68.5-point win over Minico last February. Wood River was sixth, 87 points.

     Wood River senior Kaleb Guisasola (15-17) battled through the 126-pound consolation round and finished with three wins for fifth place. Also placing fifth was sophomore Colby Castle (19-15) at 98 pounds.

     Senior Kyle Clark (17-14) placed sixth by winning his first match with a 58-second pin at 160.

     Coach Huntington said, “Kyle injury-defaulted to sixth place. He suffered a concussion in his semi-final match and had to withdraw from the tournament. He was seeded third so he most likely would have qualified for state.”

     Freshman Hans Heaphy (14-16) landed 45-second and 56-second pins at 145 pounds. Junior Cameron Bingham (11-9) won an 11-2 major decision in his first match before suffering an injury at 145 pounds.

     Also competing for Hailey at the conference meet were James Thomas (8-20) at 106 pounds, Irving Gonzalez (3-12) at 120, Riley Beck (2-11) at 132, Aramys Gallegos (5-13) at 138, Ben Romero (1-16) at 160 and Taylor Douthit (2-11) at 285.

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