Dragons also earn Academic State Champion trophy
The Malad High School wrestling team claimed the 2A Idaho State Wrestling Championship held Friday and Saturday, February 28 and March 1, in the Idaho Center in Nampa.
The Dragons show off their 2A State Championship Banner and trophy. The team also brought home the Academic State Championship for 2A for the second year in a row. Pictured are (front, left to right) Carson McClain, Manager Bree Moon, Manager Shelby Udy, Robert Wray, Drew Heyder, Dallin Ward, Tucker Hess, Manager Paige Peabody, Derek Checketts, Chet Potter, Rhett Daniels, (back) Coach Devin Morrison, Coach Allen Edwards, Manager Kelbie Edwards, Gabe Cobabe, Brooks Bowman, Cal Willie, Logan Atkinson, Dallin Atkinson, Coach Nathan Eliason, Jayden Moon, Eric Eliason, Brock Udy, Coach Eric Fanning, Spencer Ward, Hazen Smith, Austin Atkinson, Wyatt Martin, Coach Nathan Whipple. Not pictured are Chase Davis, Hayden Peterson, Tristen Chelette, Joel McDonald, Matt Quinn, Michael Gallegos, Alex Saunders and Hugo Ramos.
Malad earned 149 points to claim the big win. Firth finished second with 147 points. Challis claimed the third place trophy with 136 points.
Malad knew before they headed off to state that they had won the Academic State Championship for the second year in a row. This is based off the grades of each of the wrestlers compared with all the other teams in the state. It is a great accomplishment for a team to win it two years in a row.
Malad also went into the tournament tied for the most wrestlers competing with 15. It would take every one of those wrestlers and every win they could muster, along with every pin and major decision, to help them claim the State Championship. Malad and Firth went back and forth the entire weekend. It came down to the final match of the tournament. Continue reading