3 advance to State
Three Prairie wrestlers earned a spot in this weekend’s state tournament during District Wrestling action Saturday, Feb. 17 at Prairie High School.
Brandon Poxleitner at 125 lbs. and Tony Duman at 140 lbs. each took second place in their weight class while Jake Wimer took third at 160 lbs. The top 3 in each weight class advance to state.
Prairie had 4 other wrestlers in consolation finals with a shot at state but all wound up in fourth place.
At 125 lbs. Poxleitner had byes all the way to the semifinals as there were only 4 people in his bracket. In the semifinals he ran up against Justin Heater of Kamiah, someone he’d never beaten before, and wound up pulling off the upset as he won by pin. That put him in the finals against defending 119 lb. state champion Dusty Funderburg, also of Kamiah. Poxleitner lost by pin in the first period to wind up second.
At 140 lbs. Duman had a first round bye then won by pin over Zac Carter of Orofino. In the semifinals he faced Michael Lacey of Orofino and won by pin over him as well. In the finals he faced top seeded Luke Lane of Kamiah and lost by pin to finish second.
Also at 140 lbs. Tyrell Langston got a bye into the second round where he lost by pin to Ryan McNamee of Wallace. In the consolation bracket he got byes into the semifinals where he faced Lacey. In a tough match, Langston wound up winning an 8-4 decision to advance to the consolation finals. There he met up with McNamee again and lost a 6-9 decision to finish fourth.
Ronald George got moved up to 145 lbs. from 140 because you can only send 2 people from one weight class to district. George got a first round bye then lost a decision to Brad Cochran of C.V. He got byes into the consolation semifinals where he faced Cameron Hagen of Kamiah. He lost to Hagen by pin.
At 152 lbs. Jack George got a bye into the second round where he won by pin over Jordan Daily of Potlatch. In the semifinals he lost by pin to Les Wright of Kamiah. He got a bye in the consolation semifinals and faced Tyler McGreal of Potlatch in the consolation finals. He lost by pin to wind up fourth.
At 160 lbs. Wimer got a bye into the second round where he won by pin over Kenny Nowack of Potlatch. That put him into the semifinals where he faced Dylan Roemer of Kamiah. He lost to Roemer which put him into the consolation bracket. He got a bye into the consolation finals where he faced David Upton of Orofino. Wimer fell behind 0-2 but scored a reversal to tie the score and then got a 2-point near fall to take the lead. Upton scored an escape to make it 4-3 after the first period. Wimer started the second period in the down position and scored a reversal to make it 6-3. He then appeared to have Upton pinned a couple of times but couldn’t get the call and wound up with a 9-3 lead after 2 periods thanks to a 3-point near fall. He started the third period in the up position but got called for locking his hands. After they restarted he got Upton turned and finally scored the pin to take third and earn a berth at state.
At 189 lbs. Chance Ratcliff got byes into the semifinals where he lost by pin to Callen Jackson of Grangeville. In the consolation semifinals Ratcliff aced Danny Deitrick of Orofino and dominated the match, building an 8-0 lead before win by pin in the third period. In the consolation finals he faced Brett Speelman of Kootenai and lost a 0-6 decision to wind up in fourth.
At 285 lbs. Ronnie Chandler got byes into the semifinals where he lost by pin to George Ash of C.V. That put him into the consolation finals where he faced Lee Clopton of Kamiah. After a scoreless first period, Chandler built a 6-1 lead by the end of the second period. In the third period Clopton managed to get Chandler turned and wound up winning by pin as Chandler finished fourth.
As a team Prairie wound up fourth behind Orofino, Kamiah and Potlatch.
At state Poxleitner, with a 17-17 record, opens against Caleb Greenwell, a sophomore from Oakley who has a 21-17 record.
Duman at 19-11, faces sophomore Jamie Garcia of New Plymouth, who is 2-5.
Jake Wimer, 18-16, faces senior Derek Daniels of Malad, who is 37-8.
The state tournament starts Thursday, Feb. 22 at Pocatello’s Holt Arena (the Minidome) at 3:30 p.m. MST with the first round matches. The first round of consolation starts at 8:30 p.m. that evening.
Second round winners bracket matches start at 10:30 a.m. on Friday with second round consolation matches starting at 3 p.m. 
Third round consolation matches start at 6 p.m. with the championship semifinals set for 7:30 p.m.
Consolation semifinals start at 9 a.m. on Saturday and if they’re still wrestling on Saturday they will receive a state medal. The 3rd-4th and 5th-6th place matches will start at 11:15 a.m.
The championship matches start with pre-match ceremonies at 2:30 p.m.
All the brackets, ticket price information and match results are available on the web at www.idhsaa.org. Match results are also available at www.idahosports.com or www.idahowrestling.com.
Brandon Poxleitner on the medal stand after receiving his second place medal.
Tony Duman after receiving his second place medal.
Ronnie Chandler led early but eventually lost his match for third place and a trip to state.
Chance Ratcliff is about to beat an Orofino wrestler to advance to the consolation finals.

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