The state’s largest high school wrestling tournament is getting even bigger.
In its 16th year, the Rollie Lane Invitational will field a record 56 teams from 54 schools that represent Idaho, Oregon, Washington, Nevada and British Columbia.
The expanded field leads to an expanded 64-man bracket, the only one of its kind in Idaho. The larger bracket replaces the previous round-robin format that fed into a 32-man bracket.
“A lot of people are calling for a true state champion tournament,” Columbia coach Todd Cady said. “This is the closest thing we’ll get to that.”
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First-round matches start at 11 a.m. Friday at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, with the championship round scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
TREASURE VALLEY TRIES TO BOUNCE BACK
The Treasure Valley struggled at last year’s tournament, placing seven in the title round but only emerging with one champion — Borah’s Dorian Sapien at 120 pounds.
Sapien’s title kept the Boise-area from being shut out for the first time in the tournament’s history.
The Valley sports five No. 1 seeds entering the tournament, including Caldwell’s Dante Carreno (106), who finished second at 98 last year.
Other local No. 1 seeds include Fruitland’s Sammy Eckhart (138), Centennial’s Jaron Chavez (160), Kuna’s Levi Perry (195) and Columbia’s Scott McDonald (220).
POST FALLS BACK FOR MORE
The Trojans enter Rollie Lane on a hot streak.
Since winning the tournament last year — the first Idaho team to win Rollie Lane since 2010 — Post Falls has won the 5A state championship, repeated as the Tri-State Invitational champs and added a River City Duals title as well.
Post Falls comes in as the No. 48-ranked team in the nation, according to the InterMat Wrestling Fab 50 rankings.
▪ 98 pounds: Kade Lincoln, Skyline. Will wrestle at 113.
▪ 113: Braydon Huber, Post Falls. Will wrestle at 126.
▪ 138: Alius Delarosa, Post Falls. Will wrestle at 145.
Friday: $11 for adults, $10 for 60 and older, $9 with student ID
Saturday: $14 for adults, $13 for 60 and older, $12 with student ID
Two-day pass: $20 for adults, $17 for 60 and older, $15 with student ID, free for 12 and under
Rollie Lane No. 1 seeds
98 pounds: Ridge Lovett, Post Falls
106: Dante Carreno, Caldwell
113: Kade Lincoln, Skyline
120: Heath Hartley, Nyssa (Ore.)
126: Braydon Huber, Post Falls
132: Dalton Young, Lakeside (Wash.)
138: Sammy Eckhart, Fruitland
145: Alius Delarosa, Post Falls
152: Lane Stigall, North Marion (Ore.)
160: Jaron Chavez, Centennial
170: Reese Neville, Yerington (Nev.)
182: Cade Woodward, Crook County (Ore.)
195: Levi Perry, Kuna
220: Scott McDonald, Columbia
285: Oscar Tapia, Nyssa (Ore.)