Declo, Jerome place at state wrestling championships

POCATELLO, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) If you're a member of the Matthews family, wrestling is in your blood.
Young Derek Matthews was battling Teegan Dunn of Wendell in the 145 weight class. Matthews is just a freshman and Dunn a sophomore.
But together, between them they have 76 wins on season.

Courtesy of: Steve Conner

The top two seeds at state had pinned every opponent at the tournament prior to the finals when Matthews got the 8-2 decision.
On facing Dunn, Matthews said, "he's a great kid, he works as hard has he can, he will keep on working until he can beat me."

The Declo Hornet accomplished this feat with his dad Ty and grandpa Tim watching on.

"The reason where I am where I am right now is because they support me in everything I do and spend a lot of money so I can work hard and keep going," Matthews added.

Declo finished as the 2A state runner-up and academic champions. In the 152 weight class, Zeke Williamson donned the robe like his other Tiger counterparts during the Parade of Athletes. He wanted to become the first ever Tiger in school history to be a four-time state champion.
He battled a rising freshman from Twin Falls, Jake Humphrey. Williamson won 16-3 by major decision, the scorers couldn't keep up with the points he earned...

On which tournament was more challenging, the one in won his freshman year or the final one of his high school career, he claimed, "the first time was tough, I had something to prove, but then I had something to prove that I was the best."

Williamson signed with Saint Cloud State, but has a few more tournaments to get under his belt.

"I'm going to be doing a lot of freestyle and Greco, I want to do and become a national champion and end my high school career the right away before college." added Williamson.

In the 3A 170 pound division, Broddey Cunningham of Kimberly looked for his first ever championship after not placing the past two years. The junior Bulldog rose to the top seed this year and won the tournament in convincing fashion, nothing but pins, including one over Josh Bednar of Teton for the title.

Cunningham said, "it's definteily about getting out and seeing better competitors throughout the year, it really paid off."

In the heavyweight round, Jake McGinnis, a three-time defending state champion out of Gooding looked to make it three straight against Kenneth Copley of Sugar-Salem.

Both of these competitors defeated their opponents via pins in each of the first three rounds. McGinnis did it in epic fashion, under a minute.
But when it came to the Digger, McGinnins didn't have an answer.
And Copley finally defeated his nemesis, with a pin after four minutes.
The win gave his team 30 points and the state championship for the third consecutive year.




 
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