St. Maries wrestling Coach Dennis Humphrey said his young team had exceeded expectations this season, going into Saturday’s district championships.
So while a fourth consecutive title for the Lumberjacks may have looked like an upset from the outside, Coach Humphrey said pleasant surprises are the norm among this group.
“They have just over-performed all season,” he said. “This group works so hard and has a hunger to get better each day, so it’s nice that so many of them are being rewarded with spots at state.”
Of St. Maries’ 14 wrestlers at the District l-ll Championships at Potlatch Feb. 22, 12 of them qualified for state, five taking home individual district titles.
“It was maybe a little smaller district tournament than we’re used to, numbers-wise,” Coach Humphrey said. “But the competition was tough.”
Landon Warren (220 lb.) beat Caleb Johnson of Orofino, ranked second, with a 10-8 decision to seal his bid at state. Landon would finish his day at 2-0.
“Landon had the best match of the tournament,” Coach Humphrey said. “The whole gym was rooting for him on that one.”
Adam Rouse (285 lb.) won a 15-12 decision to punch his ticket with a first-round victory, and Shaun Anderson (170 lb.) also won in the first round as he pinned his opponent in 2:30.
Dylan Sotin (113 lb.), Ethan Kolar (120 lb.), Hunter Norris (126 lb.), Trysten Lockridge (152 lb.), Kyle Sibert (195 lb.) and Delbert Lambson (220 lb.) each went undefeated to take home individual district titles.
The state 2A championships begin Friday and continue into Saturday at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa.