NAMPA, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) Saturday the second and final day of the high school state wrestling tournament in Nampa, and the Magic Valley was well-represented in the finals.
The Ford Idaho Center was packed to the brim to see the Gem State's best in action.
In the 4A 98 lb. bracket, Twin Falls freshman Kase Mauger faced off against fellow freshman Alex Edelblute of Lakeland for top honors in the state.
Mauger got on the board first, scoring a takedown just 30 seconds into the match, but this one wouldn't get out of the first period.
Edelblute cut the deficit in half with a nifty escape. Mauger quickly found himself in trouble, down 3–2 after takedown.
The Bruin couldn't get out of Edelblute's hold and was pinned with just six seconds remaining in the first.
Mauger takes second in the 4A 98 lb. ranks after just his third loss all season.
In the 4A 120 lb. bracket was a different story: Minico senior Eddie Daniel – last year's 113 lb. champion came into the day looking to repeat.
Daniel quickly found himself down 4–0 after a takedown and a near fall, but picked up the reversal just before the first period ended to cut the deficit in half, 4-2.
Daniel then picked up another two takedowns to seal it for the senior Spartan, 7–6 over Skyline's Kade Lincoln.
The win marks his second 4A state title in a row.
As a team, Minico came out on top, downing reigning 4A team champion Caldwell by 10.5 points.
Hear from him and 2A, 3A, and 4A wrestlers Sunday in KMVT Overtime (10:35 p.m.).
STATE WRESTLING WRAP:
14 championship matches feature local athletes.
Moving up to the 152 division, congrats to Zeke Williamson of Jerome for back to back titles after defeating Koy Meredith of Minico in a 3-2 decision.
James Anderson is the state champion in the 160 weight class. The senior Spartan beat Ben Solis of Caldwell in a 6-1 decision.
Teammate Boe Boston knocked off Owen Stebbin of Sandpoint in the 182 weight class via a 7-3 decision.
And the 285 weight class belongs to senior Michael Easterling of Canyon Ridge. The big man claims another state championship as he beat senior Jonathon Kaiser of Mountain Home in a 4-2 decision.
Gooding’s Dabid Romero is the state champion in the 126 weight class.
The junior won via a 2-0 decision over Denton Moulton of Teton.
Buhl’s Theron Christensen is pinned by Sawyer Hobbs of South Fremont in the title match, Hobbs, just a freshman, impressive way to start his career.
Teammate Mark Poehler made it to the state final in the 182 round, but just like Christensen, he lost. He fell to Jonathon Fagen of Fruitland in a 5-4 decision.
Moving along to the 220 division, Michael Needham of Gooding nearly dropped the title match to an undefeated Alex Barbion of Payette. The senior pinned the Gooding junior.
But Jake McGinnis of Gooding has a lot to cheer about Saturday night, the sophomore knocked off freshman Kenneth Copley by a 9-5 decision.
Cade Horn is leaving Shoshone High School on a high note. The senior defeated Carson Beck of Aberdeen by a 9-2 decision in the 138 weight class. Horn signed with Minot State University last fall.
Wrapping up the 2A coverage, Declo’s Tyler Matthews and Bryson Robinson are your state champions in the 182 and 285 weight classes.
Matthews won by technical fall over Dallin Beus of New Plymouth and Robinson defeated Tristin Wright West Jefferson through a 3-2 decision.
TEAMS: Minico won the 4A state championship with 247 points.