Aberdeen Tournament Champions Dragon Wrestlers pose for a photo after winning two-day tournament in Aberdeen.!
Malad 52 American Falls 27
The Dragon wrestlers had an impressive week of wrestling on the road. Wednesday the Dragons wrestled in American Falls against the Beavers who are currently ranked as the 3A #4 team and against Marsh Valley who are the 3A #3 ranked team. The Malad wrestlers left it all on the mat and defeated both teams.
“Our kids are always up for a challenge. We keep putting them against tough competition and they are only getting better with every match.”
Friday and Saturday the Dragons wrestled at the Aberdeen Tournament. The tournament hosted 21 teams with teams from both Idaho and Utah. The Malad wrestlers dominated the team scores winning with an impressive 280.5 points, 91.5 points ahead of the Ririe Bulldogs who took 2nd. Bringing home 12 individual medals with 4 champions, every one of the Dragons helped contribute to the team’s success.
In the 98lb bracket Jack Willie beat a tough Preston wrestler, Porter Campbell, on his way to the finals where he beat West Sides Michael Robert’s by tech fall 16-1 to become the first champion of the tournament.
Two Dragons brought home medals in the 113lb weight class. Porter Mills went 5-2 in the tough bracket winning his 5/6 place match 2-0 earning the 5th place medal. Jace Potter pinned his way to the finals where he upset the 2A #1 seed, Ririe’s Breylon Moon beating him by pin in the 1st round.
At 120lbs Malad’s Tommy Angell was back for his first varsity tournament. Angell had been out earlier in the season with a broken collarbone. Angell pinned 3 of his 5 opponents and won the 5th place medal.
Sam Willie pinned all of his opponents in the 126lb bracket, including the #4 ranked wrestler from Firth, getting him to the finals. In the finals Willie wrestled 2 time state champion Tucker Bowen of Soda Springs. Willie fought hard going all three rounds with the Senior Cardinal but lost by points becoming the 126lb runner up.
At 138lbs Malad’s Drake Morrison defeated the 2A #5 seed from Ririe by tech fall 18-3. In the finals Morrison faced off against Koy Orr of Filer. Orr is currently the #2 ranked wrestler in the 3a division. Morrison came out with the win 3-0.
In the quarter finals of the 145lb bracket Oakley Maddox beat the #3 ranked wrestler Bronc Cordingley of North Fremont by major decision 14-2. Maddox went on to win the 5th place medal.
Representing Malad in the 152lb bracket Gabe Hooste took on Snake River’s Clancy Howell who is ranked #6 at 3a. Hooste fought hard and won the match 2-0. Hooste finished the tournament in 4th place.
Hunter Wray pinned every opponent in his way in the 170lb bracket, including pinning the #3 ranked Darren Grover of West Jefferson in the semi finals. Wray won an exciting finals match against Firth 6-4.
Lex Driskel defeated district opponent Bear Lake in the quarter finals of the 182lb bracket. Driskel came home with the 4th place medal.
Fighting his way to the finals of the 195lb bracket Malad’s Blaiz Wright beat wrestlers from Firth and Challis. Wright wrestled against Soda Springs in the finals and came up just short to become the 195lb runner up.
In the match for 3rd or 4th place of the 220lb bracket Caleb Mathews pinned district opponent Jaxon Kendall of Aberdeen to win the 3rd place medal.
The hard work this team is putting in in the practice room is paying off. They know what they want and they aren’t backing down.”
The Dragons will wrestle Friday the 26th on Marsh Valley against Sugar Salem and South Fremont.
98lb Jack Willie
113lbs Jace Potter
138lbs Drake Morrison
170lbs Hunter Wray
126lbs Sam Willie
195lbs Blaiz Wright
220lbs Caleb Mathews
152lbs Gabe Hooste
182lbs Lex Driskel
113lbs Porter Mills
120lbs Tommy Angell
145lbs Oakley Maddox
Second Chance Tournament
Saturday in Aberdeen they ran a second chance tournament. All the wrestlers no longer competing in the varsity tournament wrestled in the tournament. Malad’s wrestlers continued to wrestle hard and won the tournament with 165 team points.
113lbs Rusty Foy
120lbs Carter Blaisdell
126lbs Parker Price
160lbs Cam Bingham
126lbs Cruz Carter
132lbs Zane Komrofske
132lbs Cael Seamons
145lbs Roper Higley
113lbs Ryker Purdum
Lady Dragons at
The Lady Dragon Wrestlers traveled to Ridgeline High School in Millville, UT, on Jan 20th. The Dragons were the only team from Idaho to participate in this 22-team all girls tournament. After a 2 week break due to weather, the ladies wrestled extremely well. No team points were kept on the JV side of the tournament.
Results were Bentley Oglesbee 1st place at 100 lbs. Braylee Price 1st place at 105 lbs. Bella McCullogh 3rd place at 115 lbs. Dezirae Haven 1st place at 120 lbs. Rylee Neilson 1st place at 125 lbs. Aubrey Schulz 3rd place at 130 lbs. Cale Carter 1st place at 155 lbs. Bella Smith 1st place at 235 lbs. Evvie Williams and Aaliyah Hobson both wrestled hard but fell short of making the podium. The coaches were all proud of how the girls wrestled this weekend and the hard work that they have all been putting in in the practice room. The team will be traveling to West Side on Jan 24th for a dual with the Pirates. Then on Jan 26-27th the team will be traveling to Burley to attend the Big Mountain Girls tournament.