Coach Dennis Humphrey said last weekend’s North Idaho Rumble at Coeur d’Alene High was likely the toughest tournament his team would compete in, apart from the state championships late this month.
So if putting four wrestlers on the podium – and one on top of it - is a foreshadowing of what is to come, the Lumberjacks are in good shape come post-season.
Paige Stewart became St. Maries’ first female, and first freshman, wrestler to win the event as she went 2-0 to take home first place.
“We are really proud of Paige,” Coach Humphrey said. “She wrestled some tough girls, but she knew what was coming, adjusted, and did really well.”
Three other Lumberjacks landed medals on the day, including Delbert Lambson (220) with a 4-2 record for fourth place, Sam Martin (132) with a 3-2 record for fifth and Shaun Anderson with a 4-2 mark for fifth.
“It was a tough, tough tournament,” Coach Humphrey said. “I think they seen they have some work to do. But they also saw that they can compete with those big guys.”
Dylan Sotin competed at 113-lb and split matches at 2-2. Other wrestlers earning match wins were Ethan Kolar (120) and Trysten Lockridge (152).
Upcoming: St. Maries hosted senior night Feb. 4, and competes at Bonners Ferry Friday and Saturday. Wrestling begins Friday at 4 p.m., and continues Saturday at 9 a.m.