RATHDRUM It was a solid showing for the Bonners Ferry Badgers, who placed second by just nine points on Saturday at the 3A District I-II wrestling tournament at Lakeland High School.
Evan Barajas (106), Jesse Sandelin (160) and Gabe See (195) claimed district titles for the Badgers, who will send 15 wrestlers to state. Sandelin figures to be a contender for a state title, but will have to navigate a dangerous state bracket.
Badgers wrestling coach Conrad Garner said his team will bring home some medals from the state tournament, and was proud of how they wrestled at districts, where they lost 282-273 to Timberlake.
It was good to see those kids have success like they did, said Garner. It was a great effort by all the kids, a great tournament. We needed two more wins somewhere. We missed a couple, but thats the way it works.
The state tournament is Friday and Saturday at Holt Arena in Pocatello.
3A District results
(Top 3 to state, plus at-large)
TEAM SCORES 1, Timberlake, 282. 2, Bonners Ferry, 273. 3, Priest River, 137. 4, Kellogg, 121.
98 Brayden Herbert, TL, p. Dakota Eixenberger, Kel, 5:34.
106 Evan Barajas, BF, p. Chance Madden, BF, :39.
113 Taylor Bush, Kel, d. Tyler Beazer, BF, 8-7.
120 Isaiah Evans, TL, p. Brandon Downs, PR, :51.
126 Juddson Hall, Kel, p. Ethan Jerome, TL, 1:37.
132 Jesse Campbell, Kel, d. Manuel Naccarato, PR, by forfiet.
138 Riley DeMent, PR, md. Denton Eby, BF, 13-5.
145 Larry Naccarato, PR, d. Caleb Miller, TL, 7-6.
152 Ian Broxson, TL, p. Blaine Goodner, Kel, 3:22.
160 Jesse Sandelin, BF, p. Josh Yanez, TL, 5:25.
170 Joey Follini, TL, p. Jessie Bradley, BF, 2:33.
182 Connor Yanez, TL, p. Donovan Varelman, BF, :41.
195 Gabe See, BF, p. Jeremy McLemore, TL, 3:38.
220 Aaron Reyes, PR, p. Shayne Walker, BF, 2:13.
285 Reise Peightal, TL, p. Larry Hoehne, BF, :17.
98 Austin Madden, BF, by forfeit.
106 Graden Hanes, PR, p. Brianna Davis, TL, :41.
113 Devin Nessel, PR, by forfeit.
120 Lucas McDonough, TL, p. Mason Knapp, BF, 1:48.
126 Ben Tadlock, BF, d. Grant Merritt, BF, 11-8.
132 Chad Maas, BF, d. Noah Herbert, TL, 8-6 in OT.
138 Trey McCorkle, TL, d. Austin Manty, Kel, 12-10.
145 Austin Stepro, Kel, p. Orion Trask, Kel, :27.
152 Preston Coon, BF, md. Nathaniel Varelman, BF, 12-4.
160 Truxton Wilson, PR, p Ryder Paslay, TL, :23.
170 Andrew Cazier, TL, p. Connor Underhill, BF, 2:02.
182 Taiga DeLeon, BF, p. Hunter Ranney, TL, 4:31.
195 Dustin Carlson, TL, by forfeit.