A Lumberjack wrestling team battling injuries and illness made the most of its Bonners Ferry Tournament Feb. 8.
The Lumberjacks traveled the night before to compete in the duals and went 3-0, including wins over the host team and Priest River.
The next day, Dylan Sotin (113), Sam Martin (132), Trysten Lockridge (152), Shaun Anderson (170) and Delbert Lambson (220) each landed on the podium.
“They are still grinding,” Coach Dennis Humphrey said. “It’s been tough, trying to stay healthy for districts, but hopefully we can find that balance between keeping them from getting rusty and staying healthy.”
Noah Packard and Eli Villa were both absent from the tournament with different injuries, and Coach Humphrey said Kyle Sibert is working his way back to where he was before an injury that sidelined him during the middle of the season.
Shaun and Delbert each earned runner up spots. Shaun defeated Kellogg’s Austin Stepro in the semifinals with a last-second victory, a 12-10 decision. Shaun had not beaten Austin in a high school match to that point.
Delbert pinned his way to the finals with a 51-second victory and a two-minute, 36-second pin.
Dylan and Sam each won third place matches. Dylan finished 3-1 and pinned Tanner Dickson of Sandpoint in 3:32 to claim third.
Sam also was 3-1, and won his third-place match with a 15-9 decision over Lakeland’s Soren Sabatke.
Trysten started his day with an eight-second pin, and went on to finish 3-2 for fourth in the 152-pound bracket.
Upcoming: St. Maries travels to Potlatch Wednesday (today) for a mix and match, and will send some underclassmen to the Lake City JV tournament Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m.