POCATELLO • Ronnie Kincaid bear-hugged everyone in his path, before sprinting from the Holt Arena floor to find more people to hug.
“I did it,” he kept shouting to those with whom he exchanged hugs, convincing himself to believe what he had just accomplished.
The Declo senior steered clear of danger in the 2A 160-pound championship match Saturday evening, holding off Kamiah’s Ian Anderson to win a 4-2 decision and win his first state championship.
“I can’t really believe it,” said Kincaid. “It’s been a bumpy road but I feel like I’m at the top now.”
The match was a rematch of the Magic Valley Classic final, which Kincaid won 9-1. He said he typically has trouble with longer, rangier opponents, but the shorter, stockier Kincaid took the same approach and found his way to the top.
“You’ve just got to chop them down like a tree,” Kincaid said, referring to getting the opponent to the mat as soon as possible. “I had some confidence because I’d beaten him before, but it’s state; anything can happen, and all the kids here are really tough.”
Kincaid was the only individual champion from District IV in either the 2A or 3A ranks. He was the lone 2A finalist, joined by Kimberly’s Zac Hallett (132) and Gooding’s Jake McGinnis (285).
Hallett lost a heartbreaker, falling 4-3 to Shelley’s Caleb Call. A senior with four years of “close but no cigar,” Hallett had to be consoled by the Kimberly coaching staff after coming so close.
McGinnis, just a freshman, went up against Snake River senior Porter Thomas, and the experience showed. McGinnis lost 3-2 but found tough sledding against the chiseled, seasoned Thomas.
“He’s a tough wrestler with lots of experience,” said McGinnis, measured but upbeat after the loss. “I wanted to win, but it’s not the first time I’ve been beat, and I just have to work harder for the next one.”
Gooding led the local 3A teams with three placers at the state tournament. Kimberly had two, while Buhl and Filer each had one. The Senators led the local team standings, finishing 14th overall with 45 points. Snake River won the team title.
In 2A, Declo had three placers, while Oakley had four. Valley had two, and Raft River and Wendell each placed one wrestler in the top six. Declo led the local team points, finishing sixth overall with 99 points. Ririe won the team title.
Eddie Daniel, 113 pounds, Minico
Brian Borden, 138 pounds, Minico
Ezekial Williamson, 145 pounds, Jerome
Michael Easterling, 285 Pounds, Canyon Ridge
Ronnie Kincaid, 160 Pounds, Declo
4A State Placers
3rd Place - Adam Mickelson of Twin Falls
4th Place - Zac Allred of Minico
5th Place - Colby Castle of Wood River
4th Place - Braeden Dickinson of Canyon Ridge
6th Place - Ryan Anderson of Wood River
6th Place - Keenan Palmer of Canyon Ridge
2nd Place - Koy Meredith of Minico
6th Place - Kyle McClure of Canyon Ridge
3rd Place - James Anderson of Minico
3rd Place - Chase Mayo of Canyon Ridge
4th Place - Boe Boston of Minico
2nd Place - Zachary Borrayo of Jerome
2nd Place - Dallin Hatch of Twin Falls
5th Place - Tony Kissinger of Jerome
2nd Place - Austin Hobbs of Burley
5th Place - Skylar Baecht of Canyon Ridge
5th Place - Lucio Carrillo of Jerome
3A State Placers
2nd Place - Zac Hallett of Kimberly
5th Place - Carson Schvaneveldt of Kimberly
6th Place - Hector Carlos of Gooding
3rd Place - Mark Poehler of Buhl
6th Place - Michael Needham of Gooding
2nd Place - Jake McGinnis of Gooding
2A State Placers
5th Place - Caden Crider of Declo
6th Place - Kyle Sears of Wendel
3rd Place - Sam Mitton of Oakley
6th Place - Britton Bedke of Oakley
6th Place - Calvin Korum of Valley
5th Place - Brody Smith of Oakley
5th Place - Cade Horn of Shoshone
5th Place - Luke Gilbert of Raft River
3rd Place - Tyler Matthews of Declo
4th Place - Kaleb Burk of Valley
5th Place - Remington Sagers of Oakley