earn medals at State
The Prairie High School Wrestling team had their biggest haul of state medals ever as 4 wrestlers earned medals at the State Wrestling Meet Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 24-26 at the Idaho Center at Nampa.
Alex Duman brought home a 3rd place medal, Kade Perrin a 5th place medal and Tyler Ross and Damian McWilliams each earned a 6th place medal.
103 lbs.-Tyler Ross opened against Tanner Reddick of Challis and dominated the action before recording a pin with 31 seconds left in the match. In the second round he ran into trouble as Wesley Peterson of Malad took it to him from the start, leading 0-8 after 1 period and 2-10 after the second before winning 5-14. In the consolation bracket Tyler faced Heath Miller of Potlatch and took a 4-1 lead by the end of the 1st period. Miller rallied in the second period to tie the match before Ross scored an escape for a 6-5 lead after 2 periods. In the third period Ross started in the down position, reversed Miller then pinned him with 1:28 left. In the consolation quarterfinals, the winner is guaranteed a medal. Ross faced Mori Dunlap of Ririe and trailed 0-2 after the first period. He tied it in the second at 2-2. The third period saw the lead change hands twice with Ross taking a 6-4 lead on a takedown in the final seconds only to be quickly reversed to send the match into overtime. Ross scored the takedown in overtime to win 8-6. In the consolation semifinals he faced Chris Hill of Malad. Hill dominated the match and wound up winning by pin with 1:03 left. In the 5th place match Ross faced Peterson again and was totally dominated as Peterson scored a pin with 31 seconds left relegating Ross to 6th place.
112 lbs.-Alex Duman had a tough first round match against Carl Campbell of West Jefferson. The match was scoreless after 2 periods with neither wrestler gaining an advantage. In the third period Duman started in the down position was able to score a reversal and then rode out the rest of the match for a 2-0 win. In the quarterfinals he faced Carson Roberts of West Side and had an easier time of it as he took a 3-0 lead after one period, 5-0 after 2 and wound up winning a 9-2 decision. In the semifinals he faced Stirland Zollinger of Declo, the defending 103 champ and #1 seed. It was a tough match as Zollinger scored the takedown but Duman scored a reversal to make it 2-2 after on period. Duman started the second period down and Zollinger was able to turn him for a 2-point near fall score to make it 2-4. Duman was up to start the third period and Zollinger reversed him to make it 2-6. Duman came back with a reversal but couldnít get Zollinger turned as he wound up losing a 4-6 decision. Zollinger went on to take second. In the consolation semis Duman faced T.J. Thacker of Ririe in what turned out to be a wild match. Duman scored a takedown and 3 pt. near fall in the first period and led 5-1. Duman started the second period in the up position and got reversed to make it 5-3. He started down in the third period and scored a reverse for a 7-3 lead but Thacker scored an escape and takedown to pull within 7-6. After an escape by Duman and another takedown by Thacker it was tied at 8-8. Duman then took control as he scored a reversal and a 3-pt. Near fall to win a 13-8 decision. In the third place match he faced Roscoe Jarboe of New Plymouth who he had lost to at the New Plymouth Tournament. Jarboe scored a first period takedown and thatís where the score stood until the start of the third period. Jarboe chose the down position to start the third leaving Duman on top for the first time in the match. Duman was able to turn him and score a 3-pt. near fall to pull out a 3-2 win and finish in third place.
119 lbs.-Tayler Heitman started well as he scored a pin over Brad Gerratt of Valley just 49 seconds into their first round match. In the second round he faced Josh Phillips of Declo and dominated for 2 plus periods. He took a 6-0 lead in the first period and made it 7-2 by the end of the period. Two 3-pt. near falls in the second period left him ahead 13-2 but he would later pay for not being able to finish the job. In the third period he chose the down position and Phillips was able to get Heitman on his back and scored a pin with 44 seconds left. In the consolation bracket Heitman faced Troy Adams of Declo and had similar results. He led 4-0 after the first period but chose the down position to start the second and Adams was able to turn him and score the pin with 1:16 left in the period, eliminating Heitman.
130 lbs.-Kade Perrin had a tough first match against Christian Fontaine of Gooding. The score was tied 2-2 at the end of the first period and Perrin led 5-4 after 2 periods. He started down in the third period and scored a reversal and then a 3-pt. near fall to pull out a 10-4 decision. In the second round he faced D.J. Peabody of Malad. He controlled this match all the way taking a 4-0 lead by the end of the first period. Peabody chose to start the second period in neutral position and Perrin scored a takedown then pinned Peabody with 8 seconds left in the period. In the semifinals he faced #1 seed and eventual champion Justin Williams of North Gem. Perrin gave him a tough match. He trailed 1-2 after 1 period and 3-4 after 2. Williams took a 3-7 lead in the third period then Perrin scored and escape and Williams got dinged twice for stalling to make the final score 6-7 in Williamsí favor. Perrin then wound up against Kyle Ringen of Kamiah who he had defeated for the district title a week earlier. After a scoreless first period Kade started in the down position and scored an escape. Ringen scored a takedown and Perrin tied it with an escape at 2-2. In the third period Perrin started in the up position and Ringen was able to get loose for an escape and a 2-3 lead. Perrin spent the rest of the match trying to shoot for a takedown but would run out of mat and eventually out of time. In the 5th place match had faced Wyatt Smith of Wendell. This was another tough match as it was scoreless after 2 periods. Perrin started the third period in the down position and was able to score a reversal for the first points of the match then added a 3-pt. near fall to win 5-0 and take 5th place.
135 lbs.-Damian McWilliams took a different route to a medal than the other 3 as he lost his first match to Casey Ivey of Valley. Ivey led 0-2 after one period and it stayed that way until the third. Ivey chose to start the final period in the up position and McWilliams was able to score an escape but got taken down. He scored another escape to get within 2-4 but thatís where the match ended. In the consolation bracket he faced Cooper Clemens of Firth and took a 2-0 first period lead. He was able to score the pin in the second period with 44 seconds left to advance. In the next round me met up with Kidman Cook of Wallace who he had beaten in 2 of 3 matches this season. Cook led 1-2 after the first period but McWilliams took over in the second. He started down and scored an escape to tie the match. He then scored a takedown and added a near fall to make it 7-2. In the third period Cook chose to start neutral and McWilliams scored a takedown and rode out the match for a 9-2 win. In the consolation quarterfinals he faced Narik Osmonov of McCall-Donnelly. He dominated that match leading 2-0 after the first period and 4-0 after the second. He added an escape and a takedown in the final period for a 7-0 win. In the consolation semifinals he faced Clancy Rinderknecht of Ririe. After a scoreless first period, Rinderknecht chose the down position to start the second. Rinderknecht scored a reversal for what turned out to be the only points of the match as McWilliams lost 0-2. In the fifth place match he faced Jade Earl of Raft River who was seeded 3rd in the tournament. The match was scoreless after 2 periods and Earl scored a reversal from the down position in the third period to score the only points of the match as McWilliams again lost 0-2 to take 6th place.
171 lbs-Garrett Schmidt may have been hurt by losing so much time during the season to a concussion as he was eliminated after two matches. In his opening match against 4th seeded Spencer Peck of Grace he fell behind 0-4 and was pinned with just 2 seconds left in the first period. In his second match against Morgan Baladez of Tri-Valley Schmidt put up quite a fight before getting pinned in the third period. He led 2-0 after the first period and after falling behind 2-5 in the second period, rallied to take a 10-9 lead into the final period as the lead changed hands 3 times. He started in the down position in the third and Baladez was able to get him turned and pinned him with 1:28 left on the clock.
285 lbs.-Mitch Jungert had a relatively easy start as he scored and takedown and then pinned Jesse McGinnis of McCall-Donnelly with 10 seconds left in the first period. In the second round he faced #2 seeded Braxton Sagers of Oakley. The score was tied at 2-2 after one period but Jungert trailed 2-6 after the second. He started down in the final period and scored a reversal and 2-point near fall to tie the match at 6. Sagers then scored an escape and took Jungert down and pinned him with just 6 seconds left in the match. In the consolation bracket Jungert faced Clayton Terry of West Jefferson. He scored a takedown to lead 2-0 after one period. He led 5-1 going into the fall period and after starting from the up position was able to pin Terry with 1:12 left on the clock. In the consolation quarterfinals where a win wouldíve guaranteed a medal, Jungert couldnít get anything going against Riley Crossley of Melba. Crossley scored a first period takedown and a second period reversal to score a 0-4 win and eliminate Jungert.
As a team Prairie finished in 13th place overall with 55 points. They were 3rd among 1-A schools to North Fremont and Challis, who were 2nd and 4th overall.
The Prairie Wrestling team at the Idaho Center after the awards ceremonies. Back from left are Mitch Arnzen, head coach Dan Altman, Tyler Ross, Tayler Heitman, stats keeper Tannor Ratcliff and assistant coach Chris Altman. Front from left are Garrett Schmidt, Damian McWilliams, Alex Duman and Kade Perrin. Duman earned a 3rd place medal, Perrin a 5th place medal and Ross and McWilliams a 6th place medal each. Jungert finished tied for 7th, 1 win short of earning a medal while Heitman was two wins short.