State wrestling notebook: Centennial, Kuna, Fruitland lead team races going into Championship Saturday

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMarch 1, 2014 

NAMPA — Centennial has a commanding lead in the 5A tournament with 263 points after the first day at the Ford Idaho Center.

The Patriots qualified 28 wrestlers for state, and 15 are still alive, including eight scheduled to compete in Saturday’s title matches.

Borah is second with 164 points, followed by Post Falls (152.5), Coeur d’Alene (114) and Meridian (102.5).

Trent Johnson (106 pounds), Jake Garrison (113), Jaron Chavez (126), Matthew Park (132), Dakota Wall (138), Hayden Tuma (145), Jon Jay Chavez (170) and Logan Blackwood (220) will represent the Patriots in championship matches.

At least one 5A District Three wrestler qualified for the finals in 13-of-15 weight classes. Only the 160 and 285 titles will be without a Treasure Valley wrestler.

KUNA ON PACE TO CLAIM 4A TITLE

The Kavemen moved into position to win their second championship in three seasons by posting 244.5 points, well ahead of second-place Bonneville’s 188.

Defending champion Columbia is third (140.5), followed by Caldwell (107.5) and Pocatello (86.5).

Jacoby Peterson (113), Casey Cobb (126), Michael Cook (132), Kurtis Loftis (138), Tyler Jaramillo (152), Levi Perry (160), Colton Kesling (195) and JC English advanced to championship matches for Kuna. Eight more Kavemen remain in consolation action.

FRUITLAND OUT FRONT IN 3A RACE

The reigning District Three champions qualified nine for championship matches to build 224 points.

Fruitland teammates Sammy Eckhart and Robert Diaz each qualified for the title match at 126 pounds, and are joined by Kendall Fletcher (106), Cody Bumgarner (152), Nik Fagen (170), Triston Zamora (182), Chase Fiddler (195), Christion Ketchu (220) and Garrett Larson (285) in the finals.

Snake River is second in the team standings with 119 points, followed by Teton (115.5) and defending champion Weiser (98).

FIRTH, MALAD NECK-AND-NECK IN 2A

Firth finished the day with 114 points, but Malad is right behind with 111 and Challis is third with 98.

Three-time defending champ Declo is fourth with 84.5 points, and McCall-Donnelly is the top District Three team in sixth (74).

Firth has three wrestlers in championship matches and five alive in consolation action, while Malad has two wrestlers in finals and eight more in medal contention.

FOUR-PEAT WRESTLERS ADVANCE TO FINALS

Centennial’s Hayden Tuma, Kuna’s Michael Cook and Columbia’s Tristian Jarboe qualified for championship matches, where each could walk away as a four-time state champion.

Only 17 others in Idaho history have accomplished the feat, and three have never done it in the same year.

Tuma (44-1) will meet Lewiston junior Bryce Parson (42-1) in the 145-pound final in 5A.

Cook (42-0) takes on Wood River senior Cooper Bailey (40-4) at 132 in the 4A classification.

Jarboe (39-2) will try to avenge a loss earlier this season when he faces Bonneville sophomore Donivan Banks (39-4) in the 145-pound 4A final.

SAPIEN TWINS HOPE TO CELEBRATE TOGETHER

Borah juniors DeVaughan and Dorian Sapien have qualified for state championship matches the past two seasons, but both times only one brother finished with a smile on his face.

DeVaughan defeated Dorian their freshmen year when they met in the 98-pound championship.

They wrestled in separate weights as sophomores, with DeVaughan winning at 113 and Dorian finishing runner-up at 106.

This year they hope to celebrate together.

Dorian (33-2) is the No. 1 seed at 113 and will face Centennial’s Jake Garrison (37-10) for the championship. DeVaughan (44-5) is the No. 2 seed at 120, but split two meetings with his title opponent — No. 1 Alius Delarosa (42-6) of Post Falls.

“We’re both really excited for it,” DeVaughan said. “What we need to do is come out strong and be active in the first round.”

UPSETS HELD TO MINIMUM ON FIRST DAY

Of the combined 60 No. 1 seeds in the 5A, 4A, 3A and 2A classifications, only six failed to advance to championship matches. The top-ranked wrestlers in the 5A and 2A competitions all went unbeaten Friday.

Here were the upsets:

• Lakeland junior Killian Estes, the No. 5 seed at 182 pounds in the 4A classification, pinned top-seeded Jordan Nolan of Kuna in 1 minute, 46 seconds in their semifinal match.

• Nampa junior Jonathon Gomez, the No. 4 seed at 195 pounds in the 4A classification, earned a 13-4 major decision over No. 1 Joey Reintjes of Moscow in their semifinal matchup.

• Fifth-seeded Andy Montes of Homedale pinned No. 1 Konner Hiatt of South Fremont in 3:27 in their 3A 98-pound semifinal.

• Dallas Hopkins of Priest River was the earliest No. 1 seed to fall when he lost a 10-5 decision to Snake River’s Dayton Schild in their 3A match at 145.

• No. 5 Preston Rhodes of Timberlake earned a 4-1 decision against top-ranked Torin Brunson of Gooding in the 160 (3A) semifinals.

• Fruitland senior Chase Fiddler, ranked No. 4 at 195 (3A), upset No. 1 Alex Lehman of Filer with a 16-4 major decision in the semis.

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