PREP WRESTLING: NORTH IDAHO RUMBLE: Laguna helps Post Falls win ninth straight title

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  • JASON ELLIOTT/Press Post Falls junior Roddy Romero attempts to flip Cooper Evans of American Falls in the 106-pound final of the North Idaho Rumble at Coeur d’Alene High.

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    JASON ELLIOTT/Press Lake City’s Caden Hess takes down Caldwell’s Hunter Bidelman in the 113-pound championship at the North Idaho Rumble. Hess won by pin.

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    JASON ELLIOTT/Press Post Falls wrestler Isaiah Laguna takes down Lakeland’s John White in the 195-pound championship match at the North Idaho Rumble on Saturday at Coeur d’Alene High.

  • JASON ELLIOTT/Press Post Falls junior Roddy Romero attempts to flip Cooper Evans of American Falls in the 106-pound final of the North Idaho Rumble at Coeur d’Alene High.

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    JASON ELLIOTT/Press Lake City’s Caden Hess takes down Caldwell’s Hunter Bidelman in the 113-pound championship at the North Idaho Rumble. Hess won by pin.

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    JASON ELLIOTT/Press Post Falls wrestler Isaiah Laguna takes down Lakeland’s John White in the 195-pound championship match at the North Idaho Rumble on Saturday at Coeur d’Alene High.

COEUR d’ALENE — Post Falls junior Isaiah Laguna might be a little behind compared to other, more-seasoned Trojan wrestlers as far as experience goes.

But he’s gaining on them.

Laguna pinned Lakeland’s John White in 1 minute, 10 seconds in the 195-pound championship match at the North Idaho Rumble at Coeur d’Alene High’s Viking Court on Saturday.

“He’s been progressing throughout the season and continues to get better,” Post Falls coach Pete Reardon said of Laguna. “He’s one of the most coachable kids. He’s a kid that was kind of late to the game and started wrestling in the eighth grade, but really took to it, worked at it to gain some ground on those guys that have been wrestling a little longer than he has.”

Post Falls — which claimed its ninth straight Rumble team title — also had Roddy Romero (106 pounds), Isaac Jessen (132) and A.J. De La Rosa (145) claim titles.

“It takes a lot of hard work at all levels, from middle school to the high school,” Reardon said. “All of our assistant coaches, they’re awesome. We’ve had some great parents, and it’s made a difference.”

Other Post Falls placers include: Tyler Cook (second at 220), Ethan Miller (second at 152), Braxton Mason (second at 120), Ryan Graves (fourth at 113) and Zach Campbell (sixth at 98).

After beating Kenon Brown of Potlatch in the finals at Tri-State, Lakeland’s Colton Boettcher did it again on Saturday, winning the 170-pound title by a 7-4 decision.

“Colton came out and wrestled really well,” Lakeland coach Rob Edelblute said. “He was in control of the match the entire time. The first time at Tri-State, Colton was a little more hesitant, but he came out and dominated the match tonight.”

Alex Edelblute was runner-up at 126 pounds, Riley Siegford second at 138, John White second at 195, Rhonin Edwards fourth at 152, Ryan Quimby fifth at 160, Hayden Berger sixth at 195 and Johnny Sullivan sixth at 285 for Lakeland, which finished second.

Coeur d’Alene’s Jackson Kohal notched his second win over Lake City’s Owen Hughes this week, winning the 285-pound title by a 6-3 decision.

“He’s finally figuring some things out and getting hot at the same time,” Coeur d’Alene coach Jeff Moffat said. “That’s two really good wins for him, and Owen’s a tough kid that finished second at state last year. I’m really happy to see him do it.”

Gunner Giulio (160) and Drew Roberts (138) also won titles for Coeur d’Alene, which finished fourth. Christian Paniagua was fourth at 98, Filip Mjertan fifth at 195 and Andrew Stockham sixth at 182 for the Vikings.

“This tournament was probably the toughest it has ever been,” Rob Edelblute said. “We’re happy to come home with second. Some of the weights were really stacked with great kids.”

Lake City senior Caden Hess was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler after pinning Caldwell’s Hunter Bidelman in the 113-pound championship match.

“Caden had a great tournament and pinned his way through,” said Lake City assistant coach Nate DeLeon, who filled in for Corey Owen, who missed the tourney due to illness. “We were told the kid from Caldwell was really tough, but Caden took him and didn’t give him a chance. He’s been unstoppable with that arm bar this year, and showed that again today.”

Matthew Whitcomb was third at 182, Connor Dremann third at 195, Seth Nutting fourth at 170 and Zach Macdonald fifth at 98 to round out placers for Lake City.

A girls tournament was held for the second year, with Post Falls winning in an event that featured five weight classes.

TEAM SCORES — 1, Post Falls 283. 2, Lakeland 229. 3, New Plymouth 196. 4, Coeur d’Alene 190.5. 5, Lake City 177. 6, American Falls 170.5. 7, Timberlake 152.5. 8, Caldwell 130.5. 9, Bonners Ferry 120. 10, Lewiston 115. 11, Cheney 100.5. 12, Kellogg 91. 13, Potlatch 82. 14, Mountain Home 81. 15, St. Maries 71. 16, Sandpoint 58. 17, Moscow 50. 18, Orofino 49. 19, Priest River 41. 20, West Valley 26.5.

CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES

98 — Caleb Shaw, New Plymouth, d. Grayson Williams, American Falls, 9-2. 106 — Roddy Romero, Post Falls, d. Cooper Evans, American Falls, 2-0. 113 — Caden Hess, Lake City, p. Hunter Bidelman, Caldwell, 1:27. 120 — Kyle Rice, New Plymouth, p. Braxton Mason, Post Falls, 4:32. 126 — Lane Reardon, Post Falls, d. Alex Edelblute, Lakeland, 5-2. 132 — Isaac Jessen, Post Falls, d. Isaiah Evans, Timberlake, 5-1. 138 — Drew Roberts, Coeur d’Alene, md. Riley Siegford, Lakeland, 13-5. 145 — A.J. De La Rosa, Post Falls, md. Joel Campbell, New Plymouth, 10-1. 152 — Jackson Showalter, Cheney, md. Ethan Miller, Post Falls, 12-2. 160 — Gunner Giulio, Coeur d’Alene, p. Blake Seubert, Cheney, 2:32. 170 — Colton Boettcher, Lakeland, d. Kenon Brown, Potlatch, 7-4. 182 — Joey Follini, Timberlake, d. Reuben Thill, Lewiston, 7-5. 195 — Isaiah Laguna, Post Falls, p. John White, Lakeland, 1:10. 220 — Wyatt Kearn, American Falls, p. Tyler Cook, Post Falls, 1:01. 285 — Jackson Kohal, Coeur d’Alene, d. Owen Hughes, Lake City, 6-3.

THIRD-FOURTH PLACE

98 — Skyla Zimmerman, Moscow, md. Christian Paniagua, Coeur d’Alene, 12-3. 106 — Tristan Bremer, Lewiston, p. Alejandro Avila, Caldwell, 2:02. 113 — Kawika Doronio, Mountain Home, d. Ryan Graves, Post Falls, 9-2. 120 — Ethan Guy, Kellogg, d. Owen Hemphill, Lewiston, 6-0. 126 — Evan Barajas, Bonners Ferry, d. Brayden Herbert, Timberlake, 7-4. 132 — August Pena, Caldwell, d. Tanner Hansen, American Falls, 4-2. 138 — Trent Myers, New Plymouth, d. Judson Hall, Kellogg, 4-0. 145 — Dylan Straley, Cheney, d. Gabe Prather, Potlatch, 11-6. 152 — Hsee Hsee, New Plymouth, p. Rhonin Edwards, Lakeland, 2:08. 160 — Caleb Miller, Timberlake, p. Eli Richards, Bonners Ferry, :39. 170 — Damon Shaw, Lewiston, p. Seth Nutting, Lake City, 2:01. 182 — Matthew Whitcomb, Lake City, md. Marcus Robinson, Mountain Home, 13-2. 195 — Andrew Sandelin-MacIntosh, Bonners Ferry, p. Truxton Wilson, Priest River, :28. 220 — Connor Dremann, Lake City, p. Delbert Lambson, St. Maries, 2:18. 285 — Miguel Perez, Caldwell, d. Logan Parson, Lake City, 1-0.

FIFTH-SIXTH PLACE

98 — Zach Macdonald, Lake City, p. Zack Campbell, Post Falls, 1:25. 106 — Riley Lundy, New Plymouth, d. Jake Summerfield, Bonners Ferry, 9-6. 113 — Aidan Go, Caldwell, p. Tanner Korst, Lakeland, :44. 120 — Nicky Follini, Timberlake, d. Kyler Warren, West Valley, 7-5. 126 — Zach Park, Mountain Home, d. Grant Ethington, New Plymouth, 4-1. 132 — Sam Martin, St. Maries, p. Soren Sabathke, Lakeland, 1:14. 138 — Brayden Turcott, Orofino, p. Armando Juarez, Caldwell, 2:10. 145 — Brady Nelsen, Sandpoint, p. Kegan Richter, West Valley, 2:29. 152 — Kyle Smith, Bonners Ferry, p. Jacob Herrboldt, Mountain Home, 1:15. 160 — Ryan Quimby, Lakeland, p. Alfredo Flores, American Falls, 1:48. 170 — Shaun Anderson, St. Maries, d. Josiah Campbell, New Plymouth, 4-0. 182 — Clayton Larsen, Orofino, p. Andrew Stockham, Coeur d’Alene, 2:59. 195 — Filip Mjertan, Coeur d’Alene, p. Hayden Berger, Lakeland, :41. 220 — Logan Kearney, Moscow, p. Matt Thurlow, Sandpoint, 1:55. 285 — Kelton Saad, Potlatch, p. Johnny Sullivan, Lakeland, 4:01.

GIRLS

TEAM SCORES — 1, Post Falls 40. 2, Lakeland 17. 3, Potlatch 16. 4, Mountain Home 11. 5, West Valley 10. 6, Timberlake 7. 7, Coeur d’Alene 0.

98-105 — Championship: Kadence Beck, Orofino, p. Raji Singh, Post Falls, :55. Third place: Holli Schumacher, Orofino, p. Maya Muhhamediyev, Post Falls, 2:24.

105-115 — Championship: Paige Stewart, St. Maries. p. Shaylynn Richards, Bonners Ferry, 3:27. Third place: Hannah Weaver, Timberlake, d. Camille Ussher, Bonners Ferry, 11-9.

115-120 — Championship: Ruby Kessinger, Orofino, p. Heather Wallace, Sandpoint, 2:45. Third place: Vivan Dotson, Lewiston, p. Lily Morgan, Bonners Ferry, 1:06.

125-130 — Championship: Brelane Huber, Post Falls, p. Taylor McPherson, Potlatch, :19. Third place: Sami Lusk, American Falls, p. Anjolina Espinoza, Mountain Home, 1:17.

150-160 — Championship: Shelby McIntosh, Lakeland, md. Lilly Elam, West Valley, 10-0.

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