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Three Idaho high school wrestlers — two boys, one girl — win national titles

Jaron Chavez (top) won three individual state championships during his wrestling career at Centennial.
Jaron Chavez (top) won three individual state championships during his wrestling career at Centennial. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

Idaho high school wrestlers won three national titles last week at the 2017 USA Wrestling National Championships in Fargo, N.D.

Jaron Chavez of Centennial, Jonathon Fagen of Fruitland and Brelane Huber of Post Falls each were victorious.

“The Cadet and Junior National Tournament is the largest and most competitive Olympic-style wrestling tournament in the country,” USA Idaho Wrestling coach Chris Owens said. “It gives Idaho wrestlers, male and female, an opportunity to test their metal against the best competition in the country and gives our Idaho wrestlers a chance to get on the radar of the college coaches that recruit at this tournament.”

Chavez, who wrapped up his Patriots career with a third state title in February, was the Junior Greco-Roman champion at 160 pounds. The 2017 graduate defeated Wisconsin’s Tyler Dow 8-7. He added a seventh-place finish at 160 in Junior Freestyle.

Fagen won the Cadet Greco-Roman title at 182 with a 14-8 defeat of Minnesota’s Grant Parrish. Fagen, who took fourth at 182 in Cadet Freestyle, is entering his junior year with the Grizzlies and has won back-to-back 3A state championships.

Huber took home the Cadet Women’s Freestyle title in a tight match against Montana’s Tilynne Vasquez. The match ended in a 7-7 tie, but Huber was awarded the tiebreaker after Vasquez was issued a caution for an illegal move earlier in the match.

Huber also finished fourth at 106 in Junior Women’s Freestyle.

At the most recent state tournament, Huber entered as the No. 2 seed at 98 pounds and nearly made history. She pinned both her opponents to advance to the 5A semifinals but failed to make weight after the first day of competition and had to forfeit her remaining matches. She would have been the first female to advance to the semifinals in Idaho history.

Idaho does not have a separate state tournament for female wrestlers.

Idaho’s other Fargo All-Americans were Twin Falls’ Kase Mauger (Cadet Freestyle 7th at 94 pounds; Cadet Greco 4th at 94), Caldwell’s Christian Hudson (Cadet Freestyle 5th at 145), Post Falls’ Ridge Lovett (Junior Freestyle 5th at 120; Junior Greco 3rd at 120), Jerome’s Jakob Murillo (Cadet Greco 5th at 145) and Borah’s George Barrera (Junior Greco 8th at heavyweight).

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @byrachelroberts

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