Hailey’s Wood River High School gym was packed with high school wrestlers, coaches and supporters Tuesday night for a four-school Great Basin Conference meet on two mats.
Giving up quite a few classes, Wood River entered eight wrestlers and came up on the short end of 52-24 and 72-15 dual meet losses to the Mountain Home Tigers and Century Diamondbacks from Pocatello.
It was “Senior Night” for two Wood River wrestlers, last year’s State 4A qualifier Conner May and Isaac Gonzalez.
May, at 145 pounds, opened with a tough match against another state qualifier, Mountain Home senior Jacob Herrboldt. It was 2-1 after one round. Herrboldt won 11-2. In May’s second match, he won 5-4 over Century’s Will Parker.
Gonzalez landed a pair of forfeit wins at 106 pounds.
Wood River fans enjoyed the determination of freshman 120-pounder Michael Hurd.
Showing good conditioning, Hurd fought back from a 10-0 deficit and pinned Mountain Home’s Aidan Winters in the third round at 4:52. Hurd added another win, by third-period pin over Century’s Kyle Olsen.
Freshman 98-pounder Grant Green posted a quick 44-second pin over Mountain Home’s Caison Emkey. Junior Asher Stern at 145 won by forfeit. Other Wolverines were Emilio Loya at 195, Sawyer Newhouse 220 and Jacob Drummond at 113.
Coach Ron Martinez and Derek Ruhter’s Wood River squad goes to Pocatello today, Friday for GBC dual meets with Pocatello and Preston.
Minico’s third-year head coach Boe Rushton guided the Spartans to 45-30 and 51-31 dual meet wins over Century and Mountain Home on Tuesday night in Hailey.
Rushton coached Minico to the State 4A team championship in 2018. The Bellevue native was an All-American wrestler for Boise State University as a senior in 2003, posting a 28-6 record that year and third place at nationals. Rushton was a three-time district wrestling champion for Wood River from 1996-98.