See places fourth as Badgers battle tough Tri-State field

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  • Six Bonners Ferry High School wrestlers competed at the prestigious Tri-State Invitational tournament on Dec. 14 and 15 at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. While coaches were proud of all the Badger wrestlers, they were especially pleased with Gabe See’s fourth-place finish in the 195-pound weight class. See is pictured in the center of the photo with the other trophy-winners in his weight class. Courtesy photo

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    (Courtesy Photo) Gabe See brought home a fourth place trophy from the tournament.

  • Six Bonners Ferry High School wrestlers competed at the prestigious Tri-State Invitational tournament on Dec. 14 and 15 at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene. While coaches were proud of all the Badger wrestlers, they were especially pleased with Gabe See’s fourth-place finish in the 195-pound weight class. See is pictured in the center of the photo with the other trophy-winners in his weight class. Courtesy photo

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    (Courtesy Photo) Gabe See brought home a fourth place trophy from the tournament.

COEUR d’ALENE — Badger wrestlers attended the Tri-State tournament on Dec. 14 and 15 at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.

The event includes top wrestlers from schools of all enrollment classifications from across the Pacific Northwest, and the Badgers who competed held their own against tough competition.

“The kids wrestled really well. We came up against some of the best kids in the northwest, and battled them,” said Kevin Campbell, BFHS assistant wrestling coach. “That’s all we can ask at a tournament like this. All six wrestlers went out and gave it their all. We are looking forward to seeing how we progress from here.”

Hundreds and hundreds of wrestlers representing 69 schools from Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington descended upon the NIC campus, including Badgers Jake Summerfield (98 pounds), Evan Barajas (113), Manuel Naccarato (138), Eli Richards (145), Kyle Smith (152) and Gabe See (195).

While five of the six won at least one match, See went on a run through the consolation bracket to battle his way back into the third place match. He won six matches at the tournament, including a sudden victory triumph over Lakeland’s Hunter Oles that put the BFHS senior in the consolation semifinals.

There, See won a tight 1-0 decision over Castle Rock’s Peyton Watts before falling to Johnny Franke of Darrington in another close decision (3-1), giving See a fourth-place trophy in the 195-pound weight class.

“Gabe See had a terrific tournament, said Campbell. “Placing at Tri-State is a big-time accomplishment. To get fourth is awesome.”

“Conrad (Garner) coached my son to a once in a lifetime opportunity,” said Greg See, Gabe’s father.

As a team, the Badgers finished 30th out of 69 schools, with Mead High School of Spokane edging Post Falls for the team title.

Complete BFHS results from the Tri-State tournament:

98 pounds

Jake Summerfield (6-4 record on the season)

Champ. Round 1 - Jake Summerfield (Bonners Ferry) received a bye

Champ. Round 2 - Bennett Beard (Central Valley) won by major decision over Jake Summerfield (Bonners Ferry), 14-1

Cons. Round 2 - Ashton Dunn (Shadle Park) won by decision over Jake Summerfield (Bonners Ferry), 6-5

113

Evan Barajas (10-2)

Champ. Round 1 - Evan Barajas (Bonners Ferry) won by fall over Nate Montelongo (Chiawana), 4:00

Champ. Round 2 - Donnie Krissak (Bethel) won by decision over Evan Barajas (Bonners Ferry), 4-0

Cons. Round 2 - Evan Barajas (Bonners Ferry) won by fall over Caleb Anastasi (Ferris), 0:42

Cons. Round 3 - Nathan Gregory (Deer Park) won by major decision over Evan Barajas (Bonners Ferry), 10-1

138

Manuel Naccarato (7-4)

Champ. Round 1 - Manuel Naccarato (Bonners Ferry) won by fall over Jacob Fowler (Kelso), 1:29

Champ. Round 2 - Dominic Battello (Flathead) won by fall over Manuel Naccarato (Bonners Ferry), 2:20

Cons. Round 2 - Manuel Naccarato (Bonners Ferry) won by decision over Elijah Schmitt (Lake Stevens), 3-2

Cons. Round 3 - Josh Anastasi (Ferris) won by major decision over Manuel Naccarato (Bonners Ferry), 8-0

145

Eli Richards (9-3)

Champ. Round 1 - Eli Richards (Bonners Ferry) received a bye

Champ. Round 2 - Eli Richards (Bonners Ferry) won by fall over Mason Bangeman (Sandpoint), 2:59

Champ. Round 3 - Cade Krishnek (Capital) won by fall over Eli Richards (Bonners Ferry), 0:33)

Cons. Round 4 - Eli Richards (Bonners Ferry) won by fall over Anthony Urbancic (Ferris), 1:45

Cons. Round 5 - Wyatt Schrader (Orting) won by fall over Eli Richards (Bonners Ferry), 1:51)

152

Kyle Smith (8-5)

Champ. Round 1 - Kyle Smith (Bonners Ferry) won by fall over Ethan Medina (Othello), 1:43

Champ. Round 2 - Zack Clark (Mt. Spokane) won by decision over Kyle Smith, 7-1

Cons. Round 2 - Kyle Smith (Bonners Ferry) won by injury default over Jared Clark (Central Valley)

Cons. Round 3 - Conall Powers (Sentinel) won by major decision over Kyle Smith (Bonners Ferry), 8-0

195

Gabe See (12-4), placed fourth

Champ. Round 1 - Gabe See (Bonners Ferry) won by decision over Mahlon Clark (Lake City High School), 6-2

Champ. Round 2 - Colby Stoller (Camas) won by decision over Gabe See (Bonners Ferry), 3-2

Cons. Round 2 - Gabe See (Bonners Ferry) won by decision over Isaiah Laguna (Post Falls), 5-0

Cons. Round 3 - Gabe See (Bonners Ferry) won by injury default over Nathan Boldiszar (University)

Cons. Round 4 - Gabe See (Bonners Ferry) won by injury default over Isaiah Anderson (Chiawana)

Cons. Round 5 - Gabe See (Bonners Ferry) won in sudden victory-1 over Hunter Oles (Lakeland High School), 4-2

Cons. Semifinal - Gabe See (Bonners Ferry) won by decision over Peyton Watts (Castle Rock), 1-0

3rd Place Match - Johnny Franke (Darrington) won by decision over Gabe See (Bonners Ferry), 3-1

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