As of Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Two years ago, it was Ian Anderson. Last year, it was Kieran Owens and Alfredo Gonzalez. Last Saturday, Dec. 2, it was Carson Morrow and Peyton Whipple who, by placing first individually, led the Clearwater Valley-Kamiah wrestling cooperative to the team title at the annual Dick Griswold Memorial Invitational.
Morrow booked his first three wins of the season and took first place overall at 152 pounds. He escaped with a 7-6 decision over Chris Jones of Colfax in the first, pinned Gage Norton of St. Maries in the second and pinned Blake Courtney of Grangeville in the finale.
Whipple went 4-0 at 182, with his matches including a pin of teammate Austin Corey, a pin of Tater Bentz of McCall, a pin of Challis Adams of Lewiston and a 9-7 decision over Chad Dickerson of St. Maries.
Also placing for CV were: Johnnie Raymond (4th, 113); Gonzalez (4th, 120); Christian Fabbi (4th, 126); Brody MacCord (2nd, 138); Davis McElroy (3rd, 160); Ty Dominguez (3rd, 170); and Layten Gould (3rd, 220).
For Grangeville, it was Brandon Stump’s first competition in a Bulldogs singlet, and he took first place in the 220-pound weight class. For his three matches, Stump pinned Dominic Monti of Post Falls, Drew Widener of Enterprise, Ore., and Kelton Saad of Potlatch.
As a team, Grangeville placed ninth of 14, with runner-up finishes by Blake Courtney and Parker Walters lifting GHS.
Walters went 3-1 among the heavyweights, with pins of Edmundo Meza of Pomeroy, David Straw of McCall and Austin Tipton of Post Falls putting Walters up against Caleb Breedlove of Orofino in the final. Breedlove won by fall.
Courtney’s 3-1 path at 152 went through decisions over Cedar Fisher of Clearwater Valley, Tucker Baker of McCall and Matthew Bartholomew of Post Falls, and ended in a pin by Carson Morrow in the final.
Prairie’s Jace Perrin and Lane Remacle both tallied third-place team points. As a squad, PHS finished 12th.
Perrin went 3-1 at 195 pounds, defeating Delbert Lambson of St. Maries, Isaiah Laguna of Post Falls and Scott Carr of McCall, but ended up on the short end of a 9-6 decision against Orofino’s George Bolling.
Remacle beat Logan Leeling of Wallace and Blake Nemeth of St. Maries, and fell to John Hammond of Pomeroy and Nathan Martinez of Orofino.
Also placing were Dalton Ross (4th, 113) and Tristan Staneart (5th, 162).
Coming — Local teams are scheduled to compete at the George Wilde tournament in Kellogg this Saturday, Dec. 9.