FIRTH — The 2012-13 wrestling season got under way on Tuesday night for a pair of Bingham County teams as the Firth Cougars hosted the Shelley Russets, Sugar-Salem Diggers and Marsh Valley Eagles for a double duel on the mats.
Firth wound up winning both ends of their two matches on the evening first with a 51-30 win over Sugar-Salem and then with a 54-30 win over the Russets in the nightcap.
Conversely, Shelley found themselves on the wrong end of both matches first with a 42-30 loss to Marsh Valley and then the loss to Firth in the finale.
"It was good to get out of the wrestling room and square off with someone other than ourselves," Firth head coach Keith Drake said. "We had some good performances tonight and we also saw some areas where we can improve."
Firth came out firing in match one as they picked up pins in seven of the twelve matches but the match of the night came from Layton Wasia at 132 as he scored a late take down in the third period to earn a thrilling 6-5 victory over Dade Green.
Jace Wilding, Jackson Thompson, Connor Montgomery, Matt Lindberg, Kaden Miles, Luke Madsen and Nick Anderson each picked up pins in the win.
In Shelley's opener, the Russets got wins from Jakob Clement, Takota Bingham, Chase Call, Cooper Kniffen and David McLeash as they fell to Marsh Valley.
After the warm up the two Bingham County teams matched up for the keystone event.
Layton Wasia got the match started with a first period pin for the Cougars but Shelley answered with a Chase Call pin in the first period of his match to tie the score at 6-6. Jace Ottley followed with a pin for a 12-6 Russet lead but Rylie Clemens retied the team score at 12-12 with a thrilling third period pin for the Cougars. Clemens actually was trailing 6-2 at the time when he was able to turn in a reverse which ended in a pin.
Conner Montgomery followed with a pin for an 18-12 lead and then Firth took advantage of several open spots with four of the next five matches ending in forfeits in favor of the Cougars. Sandwiched in between was a Luke Madsen pin in the first period of his match.
"We had a lot of kids who haven't had their mandatory ten practices yet and once they do, if we stay healthy we should fill every spot other than 98," Shelley head coach Dustin Skidmore said. "Even though, I thought that my kids wrestled with a ton of heart tonight. We wrestled very well from our feet."