NAMPA — Post Falls sophomore Ridge Lovett beat Joshua Gallup of Skyview by a 16-1 technical fall in the 106-pound championship match — the lone Trojan individual champion — helping the Trojans claim a third straight team title at the Rollie Lane Invitational at the Ford Idaho Center on Saturday.
Post Falls totaled 236 points. A.J. De La Rosa (120) was runner-up and Braydon Huber was third at 145 for the Trojans.
“We had a great quarterfinal round today and won 9 of 10 matches to get those kids into the semifinals,” Post Falls coach Pete Reardon said. “We placed 10 kids and those kids had a great weekend and competed great. The kids finished really, really strong. We had a tough semifinal round, but knew some of those matchups were going to be tough, but the kids finished the tournament strong.”
Three Lakeland wrestlers won titles — William Edelblute (113), Larry Johnson (138) and Jared Walker (195) — as the Hawks finished second. Lakeland had 179.5 points, followed by Columbia of Nampa with 177.5, Crook County (Nev.) with 175.5 and Centennial with 161.5.
“It was just a great tournament,” Lakeland coach Rob Edelblute said. “The kids wrestled well. To come in here, with our size of school ... and to push our kids through, it was great to see we can compete with the size of school of these other teams. And to have three champs is an incredible showing.”
Johnson, a junior and the No. 2 seed, beat top-seeded Cole Trautner of Blackfoot 3-2 in the finals.
“William, he’s always struggled breaking through at these tough tournaments,” said Rob Edelblute, noting he had a 5-0 lead late in the semifinals at Tri-State before losing to the eventual champion. “He came out and wrestled hard this week. He broke through, and I’m hoping he will stay there.”
Johnson, the No. 2 seed, beat three-time state 3A champ Sammy Eckhart of Fruitland in the finals. Johnson got an escape and takedown in the closing seconds to win 8-7.
Walker, the top seed, beat Cade Woodward of Crook County 4-3 with a reversal late in overtime to clinch second for Lakeland. Had Walker lost, the Hawks would have finished fourth.
Alex Edelblute placed third at 98, Sam Edelblute was fourth at 106 and Tavis Woempner was fifth at 113.
“We brought 14 kids, and they all contributed by getting wins,” Rob Edelblute said.
PLACING MATCHES (LOCALS)
98 — Third place: Alex Edelblute, Lakeland, d. Brendan Rice, New Plymouth, 2-1. Fifth place: Brelane Huber, Post Falls, p. Braxton Mason, Post Falls B, :45.
106 — Championship: Ridge Lovett, Post Falls, tf. Joshua Gallup, Skyview, 16-1. Third place: Derrick Stacey, Shelley, d. Sam Edelblute, Lakeland, 5-4. Fifth place: Isaiah Evans, Timberlake, p. Trevor Ball, Middleton, :34.
113 — Championship: William Edelblute, Lakeland, d. Cole Trautner, Blackfoot, 3-2. Third place: Jordan Grimm, Post Falls, d. Tommy McCormick, Churchill County, 6-3. Fifth place: Tavis Woempner, Lakeland, d. Genaro Navarro, Skyview, 7-2.
120 — Championship: Heath Hartley, Nyssa, d. A.J. De La Rosa, Post Falls, 9-4.
126 — Fifth place: Ryan Wilson, Centennial, d. Matt McLeod, Post Falls, by forfeit.
132 — Fifth place: TJ Baun, Colville, d. Mathias De La Rosa, Post Falls, 3-1.
138 — Championship: Larry Johnson, Lakeland, d. Sammy Eckhart, Fruitland, 8-7. Third place: Jason Burchell, Post Falls, d. Braxton Balmforth, Shelley, 6-4.
145 — Third place: Braydon Huber, Post Falls, tf. Cyrus Salcido, Caldwell, 16-0.
152 — Third place: Wyatt Shelly, Post Falls, d. Manolo Tamez, Nampa, 9-2.
160 — no locals.
170 — no locals.
182 — no locals.
195 — Championship: Jared Walker, Lakeland, d. Cade Woodward, Crook County, 4-3.
220 — Third place: Brad Noesen, Post Falls, d. Travis Mitchell, Caldwell, 4-1.
285 — no locals.
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SPOKANE VALLEY — Led by runner-up finishes from Alex Marshall (220) and Casey Randles (182), Coeur d’Alene finished seventh out of 17 teams at the Pacific Northwest Classic at University High.
Max Peressini was third at 145 for the Vikings, Payton Keough was fourth at 138, Hunter Schueller sixth at 106.
“Max had an outstanding tournament,” Coeur d’Alene coach Jeff Moffat said. “He wrestled solid, beat a couple tough guys. He’s starting to turn the corner.”
Randles rolled his ankle in the semifinals, and injury defaulted in the finals. Marshall fell to a two-time state champion from Flathead High in Kalispell.
Senior Griffin Schoch finished second at 160 pounds, Andrew Olvera was fourth at 182 and Rusty Dan was sixth at 195 for Lake City, which finished 12th.
“Griffin had a great weekend with two major victories and a technical fall to get to the finals,” Lake City coach Corey Owen said. “He was a little overmatched in the finals, but for the most part, wrestled really well this weekend. Andrew was in a really tough weight where the guys in front of him were in the top four at Tri-State, but he just went out and wins the matches he should have.”
Lake City hosts Coeur d’Alene in the annual TerHark Cup match on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Scout Nash (138) and Preston Bunty (152) each finished sixth in their brackets, the lone Sandpoint placers en route to a 14th-place team finish.