St. Maries’ wrestlers had a slow week leading up to this Saturday’s district championships.

But one member did not take any time off.

Maddie Johnson traveled to Pocatello and competed in the Idaho girls wrestling finals tournament, a collection of female wrestlers from across the state’s five classifications.

She earned three wins against two losses, and won two of her last three matches to take home fifth place and become the second Lumberjack wrestler to place at the event in three seasons.

“We are as proud as can be of Maddie,” Coach Dennis Humphrey said. “She’s not got as many matches against girls this year as we’d hoped, and when she got her chance she stepped up and wrestled great.”

Madelynn pinned her first-round opponent from Homedale in three minutes and 28 seconds, won her third match with a 45-second pin and earned her fifth-place medal with a 27-second pin over Burley’s Diamond Martinez.

“It was a great confidence builder moving forward to next year, when it will be sanctioned in Idaho,” Coach Humphrey said.

Next Up: St. Maries will host Saturday’s district championships, beginning at 10 a.m. at SMHS. Each wrestler will be allowed four spectators. There will be no general admission. Prices for wrestlers’ spectators will be $6 for adults, $5 for students in grades 7-12, $4 for seniors and $3 for students in grades 1-6.

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