State wrestling notebook: Three wrestlers four-peat

rroberts@idahostatesman.comMarch 2, 2014 

NAMPA — As Hayden Tuma stood triumphant having won his fourth consecutive individual state championship, the boos rained down, nearly washing out the cheers.

It was an odd moment given what the Centennial High senior had just accomplished, and more impressive still given his situation.

Although his parents had begged him not to, Tuma wrestled the entire 2013-14 season with a severe injury to his left shoulder that caused the joint to pop in and out of socket without notice. He is scheduled to have surgery to repair the injury Wednesday.

“It’s been really tough dealing with that, especially because sometimes if I shoot in on a shot and it gets hit the wrong way, it hurts really bad,” Tuma said.

Early in the third period of his 145-pound final against Lewiston junior Bryce Parson, Tuma screamed in pain. The match was stopped as athletic trainers tended to Tuma, who could do nothing but collect himself and return to the mat with 1 minute, 25 seconds left and the match tied 3-3.

With about 13 seconds left, Tuma registered an escape to give him a 4-3 decision and a spot in Idaho history as one of just 20 wrestlers to win four individual titles.

“I wanted to win this fourth state championship. I’ve been training for it since freshman year,” Tuma said. “I just figured I could tough it out. It’s just a few months of wrestling. You’ve just got to be tougher than it sometimes, and you’ve got to find a way to overcome the adversities that you face.”

Tuma wasn’t the only wrestler to accomplish the four-peat Saturday.

Kuna’s Michael Cook (132) and Columbia’s Tristian Jarboe (145) each added their names to the record book, becoming the first wrestlers in the 4A classification to win four in a row.

Cook capped an unbeaten season with a pin of Wood River’s Cooper Bailey, while Jarboe avenged one of his two losses with a pin of Bonneville’s Donivan Banks.

While Cook leaves the high school ranks with four more years of wrestling ahead of him at Boise State, Jarboe isn’t certain he’ll ever wrestle again.

“It was great. I’m equally excited that I won, but also that wrestling is over,” Jarboe said.

DISTRICT THREE DOMINATES INDIVIDUAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Of the 60 championship matches contested over four classifications, Treasure Valley wrestlers claimed 31 titles.

Here are more individual winners:

• Borah freshman Peter Huntsman finished the season 39-5 with a 5-0 decision against Capital freshman Sean Ferguson at 98 pounds (5A).

• Sophomore Shea Randall of Borah claimed his first title with a 5-4 decision over Centennial sophomore Trent Johnson at 106 (5A).

• After runner-up finishes the previous two seasons, junior Dorian Sapien of Borah made it to the top of the podium with a pin of Centennial’s Jake Garrison at 113 (5A).

• Meridian’s John Hensley survived a 7-3 overtime battle against Coeur d’Alene’s Hudson Staub at 182 (5A).

• Senior Harley DiLulo of Meridian followed his teammate with a 4-1 decision against Coeur d’Alene’s Phoenix Duncan to win his second straight title at 195.

• Mountain Home freshman Pierce Mederios went 46-0 for his fourth unbeaten season in a row after defeating Pocatello’s Ty Root 3-0 at 98 (4A).

• Caldwell’s Brandon Gonzalez (14-0) also finished the season with a perfect record with his 13-8 decision against Kade Smith of Pocatello at 106 (4A).

• Nampa senior Mikel Perales won his second consecutive individual title at 120 (4A) in dominant fashion, securing a 15-4 major decision over Caldwell’s Cyrus Salcido.

• Homedale sophomore Andy Montes pinned Teton’s Tanner Klingler in 5:49 to win the 3A title at 98 pounds.

• Sophomore Levi Austin of New Plymouth earned a 13-4 major decision over Malad’s Drew Heyder at 106 (2A).

• McCall-Donnelly produced two 2A state champions with junior Seth Lowen’s victory at 126 — his second individual title — and senior Rainier Montes’ win at 138.

• Marsing junior Noah Grossman pinned Declo’s Drexton Thrall in 1:33 to win their 220-pound final (2A).

POST FALLS FRESHMAN BECOMES TOP FEMALE FINISHER

Cierra Foster lost in the first round, but fought her way through the consolation bracket for a third-place medal in the 5A state tournament at 106 pounds. It is the best finish in Idaho history for a female wrestler.

MALAD RALLIES FOR VICTORY IN 2A

Firth led after the first day of competition, but Malad wrestlers clawed their way to a 149-147 victory and their first state championship since 2009. Malad did not have a single state champion, but eight wrestlers finished in the top six.

Rachel Roberts: 377-6422, Twitter: @IDS_VarsityX

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