As of Tuesday, February 23, 2016
KOOSKIA The familiar mats at Clearwater Valley High School were a fine proving ground for local wrestlers who last Saturday, Feb. 20, competed for space at the state tournament coming up this week at Pocatello’s Holt Arena.
All classifications will compete starting at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26, with all the local athletes vying in the 2A brackets. To reach Pocatello, each local wrestler had to post a top-four finish at the District I-II tournament, which featured 10 schools from as far north as Wallace.
Chief among the state qualifiers are the district champions: Clearwater Valley’s Keiran Owens (285); Grangeville’s Shaydn Wassmuth (220), Parker Walters (195), Frankie Zumwalt (138) and Ammon Dewey (120); and Kamiah’s Ian
Grangeville’s Walker Smith (106) qualified through the uncontested 106-pound weight class, bringing the Bulldogs’ total to six Pocatello-bound wrestlers.
As the state’s top-ranked 2A 220-pounder, Wassmuth is listed with a 21-0 overall record and as the No. 1 overall seed in his weight class.
Clearwater Valley will send 10 wrestlers, including top-seeded heavyweight in Owens (37-6) as well as three district runners-up: Isaac James (145), Carson Morrow (152) and Taylor Roy (160).
Six more Rams qualified through the district consolation bracket: Skyler Olsen (132), Hunter Bubar (138), Ty Dominguez (152), Sean Nelson (195), Trae Dominguez (220) and Dawson Fisher (285).
Anderson, the No. 2 seed at 160, heads a group of three Kamiah qualifiers: Pablo Aguilar (132) and Peyton Whipple (182) both qualified through the district consolation bracket.
Prairie will send one wrestler to Pocatello: Jace Perrin (160).
State tournament action is set to run through 6:30 p.m. Friday and is set to pick up at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. The finals are tentatively scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Saturday, preceded at 12:15 p.m. by the medal rounds.