Broncos finish 2nd in 4A standings
NAMPA — There was some fabulous wrestling on display over the three day Idaho State Championship wrestling tournament held at the Idaho Center in Nampa.
At the end of the tournament, Bingham County came home with a bucket full of medals, 28 to be exact, two of those the gold variety as Skylerr Valentine of Snake River and Chase Call of Shelley each stood atop the podium for their respective weight classes and classifications.
Team wise, in addition to Snake River's first place finish, the Blackfoot Broncos were a solid second, bringing home another red trophy for the already bulging trophy case.
"I'm really proud of them, they accomplished a lot of their goals and showed a ton of heart," Blackfoot head coach Brian Barlow said. "One of our goals of the year was to win the last match of the year. We didn't get a hundred percent of those matches but we got close to seventy percent so I couldn't be happier."
Blackfoot sent a trio of grapplers into Saturday's finals with Layton Wasia (103), Coltin Hill (171) and Conrad Jarmin (189) each looking to finish the season with the ultimate prize.
Wasia was the first to hit the mats, facing off with the top seeded wrestler out of Kuna, Micheal Cook. At the end of three grueling rounds, Cook stood victorious with a 14-4 decision.
Hill was the second go for the Broncos, facing off with a familiar foe, Rigby's Colter Tucker. Tucker was able to avenge a district championship loss to Hill with a 7-3 decision, leaving Hill with a silver medal.
In the final match of the finals for the Broncos, Conrad Jarmin faced off with the top seeded Columbia wrestler Adrian Dickinson. The match up was highly anticipated with #1 taking on #2 with each carrying 35+ wins into the final. Unfortunately for Jarmin, Dickinson was a shade better in the final, carrying the victory with a 13-5 decision.
"These guys are gallant, their valiant and they fought with heart," coach Barlow said. "Sometimes you don't get to the top of the pile but you know what, it isn't really about winning and losing. We are okay with the seconds. We are okay with the thirds and fourths. It's how those young men conducted themselves and I think that they showed what fine young men they are and what big hearts that they have."
In addition to the three silver medals, Blackfoot also were able to medal 10 other wrestlers, bringing their medal total to 13 out of the 22 wrestlers sent to state.
Third place finishers included Jonathan Horak (152), Ruben Pulido (145), Koty Cook (140), Titus Robinson (135), Matt Gallegos (119), and Chase Wasia (103).
Fourth place finishers were, Garrett Buck (215), Stetson Jorgenson (160) and Tate Hansen (130).
Juan Navarro (112) rounded out the medalists with a fifth place finish.
Also in 4A was the Shelley Russets who took home a pair of medals while finishing 13th in the team race.
Chase Call won a state title at 125 with a hard fought 5-4 decision over Tomaz Gonzalez of Columbia. In the bout, Call built a 5-1 lead and then held off a hard charging Gonzalez to the final buzzer for the state title.
Fellow Russet Vince Landon was the only other medalist for Shelley, earning a 6th place finish at 215.
In the 2A ranks, the Firth Cougars finished 11th in the team standings with a trio of Cougar grapplers earning medals for their efforts.
James Jolley was the top finisher, winning 3rd at 215 while Jacob Butler (140) and Matt Lindberg (145) finished 4th and 5th respectfully.
Aberdeen rounded out the Bingham County representatives with Jaiden Beck advancing to the finals at 152. He had a tough draw with the defending state champion, Stephan Ortiz of Oakley standing in his way.
At the end of a highly entertaining match, Ortiz defended his title by a narrow 6-3 decision over Beck.