Ten wrestlers qualify for State
Ten Prairie wrestlers qualified for State at the District 1-2 Wrestling Tournament held Saturday, Feb. 20 at Kamiah.
Five of those 10 qualified as District Champions as Alex Duman, Kade Perrin, Brandon Poxleitner, Tyrell Langston and Joe Schumacher all won district titles. Duman and Perrin are freshmen while Poxleitner, Langston and Schumacher are the 3 seniors on the squad.Tyrell Langston is about to pin Grangeville’s Justin Robie in the championship match at 160 lbs.
Damian McWilliams, Tyler Ross and Mitchell Jungert earned second place at District while Tayler Heitman and Garrett Schmidt won their third place matches to qualify for State.
Shawn Seubert, who was a Summit Academy wrestler at District, reached the consolation final but lost as he wound up in fourth place and just missed going to State.
Josh Wimer and Nick Creutzberg were both out after two matches.
As a team, Prairie took second place to Wallace.
At 103 lbs. Ross was guaranteed a trip to state as there were only 3 wrestlers in his bracket. He won by pin in the semifinals over Phillip Palmiter of Kootenai in 1:50.5. He then lost by pin in the championship match to Erick Midence of Wallace in 44 seconds.
At 112 lbs. Duman won 12-0 over Todd Marshall of Potlatch to get to the finals. There he faced #2 seeded Devin Street of Mullan. Duman trailed at the end of the first period 5-6 but took the lead early in the second period and led 10-7 after 2 periods. In the third period Street cut the lead to 1 at 10-9 and again at 12-11 but Duman scored a reversal late to prevail 14-11 and win the District title.
Also at 112 lbs. Heitman faced Street in the semifinals. He trailed 0-5 after the first period and 2-12 after the second but rallied back within 7-12 in the final period before losing 7-17. In the consolation bracket he faced Mike Carey of Wallace. The score was 2-2 at the end of  the first period but Heitman took the lead in the second period at 7-2 and wound up winning by a score of 8-4. In the consolation final he faced Marshall and won by pin in the second period at the 2:45 mark of the match.
Joe Schumacher faces defending district champion Ty Beare of Kootenai. Schumacher scored a last second takedown to win the match and clinch a trip to state.At 125 lbs. Perrin was the #1 seed and faced Jordan Nelson of Troy in his first match. After a scoreless first period, Perrin took a 1-0 lead with an escape from the down position. He took a 2-0 lead on a penalty point as Nelson was a little too aggressive with his crossface move. In the third period Nelson cut the lead to 2-1 with an escape but Perrin scored a takedown late to give him a 4-1 win. In the championship he faced Nick Smith of Grangeville. Smith scored a first period takedown and led 2-1 at the end of the period. Perrin started in the up position in the second period and twice scored 2-point near falls to take a 5-2 lead. A reversal made it 5-4 at the second period break. In the third period Smith scored a 3-point near fall to take the lead. A penalty point and then a reversal put Perrin back in the lead at 8-7 and another penalty point made the final score 9-7 in Perrin’s favor.
At 130 lbs. #2 seeded McWilliams opened against Logan Courtney of Kootenai. In a high scoring match McWilliams led 8-0 after the first period and 16-6 after the second period. He wound up winning 19-8. In the championship match he faced #1 seeded Chad Flatt of Wallace. Flatt dominated the match as he led 0-8 after the first period and 1-10 after the second. Flatt scored a near fall as the final buzzer sounded for a 1-16 technical fall.
At 135 lbs. Poxleitner was the #1 seed. He faced Seubert in the semifinals and scored a pin 34 seconds into the match. In the championship match he faced Sky Wilburn of Wallace and scored another pin in 1:02.7 to win the District title.
Also at 135 lbs. Seubert had faced Kody Davis of Clearwater Valley in the first round. He won by pin in 40 seconds. He then lost to Poxleitner. Seubert received a bye into the consolation final where he faced Jacob Lloyd of Kamiah. Seubert trailed 0-2 after the first period and 2-6 after the second. He was pinned in the third period, losing at the 3:38 mark of the match (the first period in consolation matches is just 1 minute instead of 2).
At 145 lbs. Josh Wimer faced Robert Thomas of Lakeside in his opening match. He lost by pin in 52 seconds. In the consolation bracket he faced Andrew Anthony of Wallace and lost a 3-9 decision. He trailed 0-2 after one period and 1-7 after 2 periods.
At 152 lbs. Nick Creutzberg faced Steven McCoy of Grangeville in the first round and lost a 2-9 decision. He trailed just 1-2 after the first period but 2-7 after the second period. In the consolation round he faced Corey Flatt of Wallace and lost by pin in the second period at the 1:51 mark of the match.
At 160 lbs. #1 seeded Langston faced Matthew Speelman of Kootenai in the semifinals and won a technical fall. He built a 9-0 lead after the first period and built it to 15-0 in the second when the match was stopped on points. In the championship match he faced second seeded Justin Robie of Grangeville. Robie scored first on a takedown but Langston led 3-2 after the first period on a penalty point and reversal. Working from the top in the second period Langston was able to turn Robie and pin him at the 2:29 mark of the match.Tayler Heitman gets near fall points against Potlatch’s Todd Marshall in the consolation final.
Also at 160 lbs. Schmidt opened against Speelman and lost in overtime. He led 2-1 after the first period and 4-3 late in the second but nearly got pinned before the end of the period and wound up trailing 4-7. He took back the lead in the third period at 8-7 but let Speelman score a last second escape to send the match into overtime where Speelman scored the takedown for an 8-10 win. In the consolation bracket Schmidt faced Jordan Hagen of Kamiah. He led 2-0 after the first period and 7-3 after the second on his way to a 14-6 win. In the consolation finals he faced Speelman again. This time he took a 3-0 lead after the first period and led 6-2 after the second. They started neutral in the final period and Speelman scored a takedown but couldn’t do any more than that as Schmidt held on for a 6-4 win and a trip to State.
At 285 lbs. Schumacher was the 5th seed out of six wrestlers. He faced Brandon Wilburn of Wallace in the first round. It was scoreless after the first period and Schumacher took a 1-0 lead in the second. In the third he started from the up position and managed to turn Wilburn and pin him at the 4:26 mark of the match. In the second round he faced #1 seed and defending district champion Ty Beare of Kootenai. Again it was scoreless after the first period and Schumacher scored an escape in the second. He was hit was a stalling penalty that tied it at 1-1 going into the fourth. Beare scored an escape to take a 1-2 lead and in the final 5 seconds of the match Schumacher scored a takedown to pull out a 3-2 win and advance to the championship match. Meanwhile Jungert, the #2 seed, faced Bryan Cummins of Potlatch. After a scoreless first period it was tied at 2-2 in the second when Jungert got Cummins turned and pinned him at the 3:25 mark of the match. In the championship match Schumacher and Jungert squared off and Schumacher was able to pull out a narrow decision to take the District title.
State matchups
The State wrestling meet starts this Friday, Feb. 26 at 9:30 a.m. Mountain time at Holt Arena in Pocatello.
Consolation loser out matches start at 1 p.m. with quartefinal matches set to start at 3 p.m. The next round of consolation matches are set for 5 p.m. with consolation quarterfinals set to start at 7 p.m. All times are Mountain time.
On Saturday at 9 a.m. the semifinals matches start. At 11 a.m. will be the consolation semifinals and at 1 p.m. will be the 3rd-4th and 5th-6th matches. Championship finals start with the Parade of Athletes at 3:30 p.m.
At 103 lbs., Ross takes an 8-11 record into state and will face Weston Burke of Firth who is 25-7.
At 112 lbs. Duman takes a 29-4 record into state and will face Tyson Wilding of Firth who is 9-10. Meanwhile Heitman, 25-8, has to face the #2 seed, Evan Miller of Parma, who is 30-4.
At 125 lbs. Perrin, at 32-4, will face Scott Jaeger of Tri-Valley (Cambridge-Midvale) who is 14-12.
At 130 lbs., McWilliams (27-15) will face John Richards of Melba who is 21-13.
At 135 lbs., Poxleitner, at 29-6, is the #2 seed and will face Jacob Miles of Declo, who is 9-12.
At 160 lbs., Langston, at 25-3, is also the #2 seed. He faces Brent Osterhout of Declo, who is 6-9. Schmidt at 14-18 will face Cavan Gerrish of Challis who is 28-12.
At 285 lbs. Schumacher, despite being district champion, takes his 10-7 record against the #1 seeded Addison Amar of Challis who is 32-4. Jungert, at 19-8, was given the #3 seed and will face D. J. Griffeths of West Side, who is 13-17.

Shown is most of the Prairie wrestling team. All the back row plus the 3 to the right in the front row are state qualifiers. Back from left are Mitch Jungert, Brandon Poxleitner, Tayler Heitman, Tyler Ross, Damian McWilliams, Kade Perrin and Joe Schumacher. Front from left are Nick Creutzberg, Garrett Schmidt, Tyrell Langston and Alex Duman. Not shown are Josh Wimer and Shawn Seubert. Photo courtesy of Scott Jungert.

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