Last week after a third-place finish in Orofino, St. Maries wrestling coach Dennis Humphrey said his team was picking up steam.
Momentum stayed on the Lumberjacks’ side Jan. 18 at Northwest Christian, where they competed in four finals matches and five third-place matches to finish second overall in team standings.
“They exceeded my expectations,” Coach Humphrey said. “We only had 11 scorers, so I wasn’t thinking we’d be able to pick up as many points as we did, but every single one of our kids wrestled hard.”
Dylan Sotin kicked things off for St. Maries as he won a 1-0 decision to take the 113-pound title.
“That was a nail-biter,” Coach Humphrey added. “That kid he wrestled was a man-child, and Dylan went out there and just wrestled so solid.”
Sam Martin handled each of his three opponents in the first period as he wrestled up a weight class at 138 pounds for first place.
Trysten Lockridge finished 3-1 in the 152-pound bracket to claim second place after wrestling a full three periods in both his quarterfinal and semifinal matches.
Shaun Anderson dropped a 3-8 decision in the 170-pound final, taking home second with a 2-1 mark.
Delbert Lambson overcame a semifinal loss to pin his opponent in the third place match, winning in 1:12.
Adam Rouse (285) and Ryan Vannatter (145B) each won their respective third-place matches, Adam with a pin late in the first round and Ryan on a 13-7 decision.
Paige Stewart pinned her second opponent in 2:46 to finish her day in third place with a 1-1 mark.
Upcoming: St. Maries competes at the Clearwater Valley Invite Friday and Saturday. Wrestling begins Friday night at 4 p.m. and resumes Saturday at 8 a.m.