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Badgers take 8th at River City Duals

Staff Writer | January 20, 2022 1:00 AM

POST FALLS — On the first day of River City Duals on Friday, the Badgers went 2-0 before faltering on the second day, finishing 0-3 against three 5A schools. The Badgers finished eighth out of 24 teams.

In the first match, Bonners Ferry defeated Eureka 39-33 and, in its second match, beat Pasco, 42-33.

Head coach Kevin Campbell said that the first day was very good competition with a fun environment as the team stood behind their teammates cheering them on.

“Unfortunately, when you beat the first two teams you get put in the gold bracket,” Campbell said. “So we had to wrestle some of the best 5A teams in the state.”

Day two in the gold bracket saw 5A Post Falls beat the Badgers, 81-6, and 5A Thunder Ridge from Idaho Falls beat the Badgers, 45-34.

The final dual of the day pitted the Badgers against another top 5A school Meridian. The Badgers lost 51-36, and finished the tournament in eighth place.

Campbell said that the second day of wrestling was still a good day for individual wrestlers and that it was the first time in his coaching career to have to go to the gold bracket.

“Overall, I told the kids to hold their heads high. They competed with some of the best kids in the state and should be proud of how they battled,” he said. “It set us up for the IML this week.”

Today, Intermountain League duals at the high school begin at 4 p.m. with Bonners Ferry, Kellogg, Priest River and Timberlake set to wrestle each other to decide the conference champion.

Last year, the Badgers were favored to win, but now it is anyone’s game, Campbell said. He predicted that each dual of the night will be decided by 10 or less points.

“Anyone could win these duals. It could be that no team goes undefeated,” he said. “[Today] could be that way because wrestling is all about matchups.”

Unlike other years, the IML is even this year, he said. Priest River has its strength in the lower weight classes. The dual between Kellogg should be one to see since there will be forfeits due to not having enough wrestlers to fill the weight classes.

Post Falls 81, Bonners Ferry 6

98 — Rider Seguine d. Brandon Williams, 10-7, 2:04. 106 — Ethan Wilson accepted forfeit. 113 —Zack Campbell d. Shaylynn Richards, 4-1,1:11. 120 —Tyson Barnhart accepted forfeit. 126 — Trey Smith accepted forfeit. 132 — Connor Mccarroll d. Porter Blackmore, 2-4, 0:37. 138 —Seth Martin accepted forfeit. 145 —Alex Austin d. Dakoda Heller, 4-2, 0:59. 152 — John Rudebaugh accepted forfeit. 160 — Daniel Zech , 13-4 d. Sheldon Pine,1:50. 170 —Jose Laguna d. Teigan Banning, 1-5, 1:17. 182 — Gentry Smith d. Eli Richards, 16-1, Dec 7-5. 195 —Trevor Miller d. Joshua Pinkerton, 3-3, 0:50. 220 — Luke Martin d. Jackson Richter, 5-0 5:35. 285 — Austin Portner d. Donald Riess, 6-6, 1:30.

Thunder Ridge 45, Bonners Ferry 34

98 — Brandon Williams d. over Ashton Fullmer, 0:36. 106 — Isaac Scott accepted forfeit. 113 — Shaylynn Richards accepted forfeit. 120 — Tate Funderberg accepted forfeit. 126 — Preston Hanson accepted forfeit. 132 — Porter Blackmore d. Miklo Silvas, 5:49. 138 —Double Forfeit. 145 —Gabe Terrill accepted forfeit. 152 - Joshua Denkers d. Dakoda Heller 0:45. 160 —Gabe Reeves d. Daniel Zech 2:34. 170 — Max Leavitt d. Teigan Banning 0:34. 182 — Eli Richards accepted forfeit. 195 — Joshua Pinkerton d. Anson Ferguson, Maj 12-3 220 — Garrett Roedel d. Jackson Richter, Dec 9-4. 285 — Donald Riess d. Sark Thornhill, 3:18.

Meridian 2 51, Bonners Ferry 36

98 — Brandon Williams d. Mason Motley, 4:43. 106 — Konner Heath accepted forfeit. 113 — Kain Williams d. Shaylynn Richards, 1:32. 120 — Kellen Kolka d. Adelaide Heigel 0:39. 126 — Juan Gonzalez forfeit. 132 — Andrae Ramirez d. Porter Blackmore, 1:12. 138 — Judah Howie forfeit. 145 — Dakoda Heller d. Cade White, 5:43. 152 —Parker Mack accepted forfeit. 160 — Tristan Smilie d. Daniel Zech, Dec 13-8. 170 — Lucas Sears d. Teigan Banning, 0:11. 182 — Eli Richards accepted forfeit. 195 — Joshua Pinkerton d. Brett Kasper, 1:48. 220 — Jackson Richter d. Mario Mares, 0:07. 285 — Donald Riess d. Nathan Jensen, 1:09.

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