Pride rock: Borah Lions win sixth Grapple for the Granite

rroberts@idahostatesman.comFebruary 8, 2014 

Taylor Owen was one of 10 Borah wrestlers who went 2-0 during Friday night’s tournament.

KYLE GREEN — kgreen@idahostatesman.com

— Peter Huntsman grimaced as he tried to catch his breath midway through the third period of his 98-pound match.

Borah assistant coach Jacob West caught Huntsman’s eye, pointed and told him to “suck it up.”

The 15-year-old Borah High freshman didn’t let his coach down, battling his way to a 3-2 decision against Capital’s Mysun Mather.

“That’s Peter. That’s the way he’s been wrestling,” Borah head coach Bill West said. “You can’t count him out of a match. When it gets right down to the end, he’s a pretty tough kid.”

Huntsman was one of 10 Lions to go unbeaten Friday night at the 12th annual Grapple for the Granite — also known as the city championship for the Boise School District’s four public high schools.

Borah defeated Capital 60-19 in the title dual, with nine Lions winning by fall. It was the second title in a row for Borah and the fourth in five seasons.

It also means the Lions won’t have to worry about moving the 300-pound rock that goes to the winning school.

“Being able to keep the rock is great for two reasons. One, it’s a heavy rock,” said Bill West, whose team owns a competition-leading six titles. “And it’s neat for the kids. It’s something to rally around, particularly at the end of the year.”

The Grapple for the Granite is the final dual of the regular season for Borah, and this year it’s proven to be a great confidence boost heading into the 5A District Three Tournament, which is Feb. 21-22 at Borah.

“At this time of the year you want to wrestle the best you can, and I think we’re wrestling better,” Bill West said. “The real wrestling starts come district in a couple weeks. Hopefully we carry this forward.”

The Lions have a strong group poised to contend for individual district and state crowns. Six Borah wrestlers placed at state last season, and Huntsman put his name in the ring after winning the Rollie Lane Invitational in early January.

Reigning district and state champion Centennial remains the favorite in the team race, but Borah has a strong shot at a trophy. What happens during the next few weeks of practice will play a key role in determining how high on the podium the Lions can climb.

“We’re not exactly where we want to be, but we’re getting there,” Bill West said.

NOTE: Borah’s wrestlers to go unbeaten at the Grapple were Huntsman (98), Shea Randall (106), Dorian Sapien (113), DeVaughn Sapien (120), Daniel White (132), Josh Slater (138), Tyler Lopez (145), Taylor Owen (152), Merlin Bope (170) and Eric Thrift (220).

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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