TWIN FALLS — The Minico High School wrestling team won its second tournament in as many weeks as it easily won the Wiley Dobbs Invitational at Canyon Ridge High School on Saturday.
The Spartans finished with 260 points, more than 30 points ahead of the next closest finisher, Kuna. Jerome (third) scored 190, Twin Falls (sixth) finished with 123 and Kimberly (ninth) totaled 98 to round out local teams in the top 10.
Two local wrestlers kept their undefeated streaks on the season alive, while two others lost them.
Kase Mauger of Twin Falls won the 106-pound weight class with a 14-2 major decision to improve to 13-0, but the final match almost didn’t happen. In his semifinal bout with Joshua Gallup, Mauger had to get a late reversal to win by one point.
“It was tough,” he said. “I just had to stay in it and push.”
Jake McGinnis of Gooding also improved to 13-0 after defeating Twin Falls’ Austin Hatch (13-2) in the heavyweight final by 6-0 decision.
“The match felt pretty good,” he said. “Didn’t allow any points. I felt like I controlled the match.”
Both Mauger and McGinnis said that their undefeated streaks don’t give them any extra motivation.
“I find motivation from other sources,” Mauger said. “I try to look forward and not backward.”
“I wrestle every match the same,” McGinnis said. “I wrestle to win.”
Braeden Dickinson of Canyon Ridge saw his streak came to an end as Dallas Andrade of Minico pinned him for the gold in the 132-pound weight class. The two met last weekend in the Tim Matthews Invitational final, where Dickinson won a 5-1 decision.
“Especially when everyone’s saying he’s going to beat you again, it feels good to put in the hard work and come out win the win,” Andrade said. “Last time I let him dictate the match, and I wasn’t going to let him do that this time.”
If they make weight, the two will meet on Wednesday for another matchup as Canyon Ridge hosts Minico in a dual.
The last of the local undefeateds, Ezekiel Williamson of Jerome, lost in a close bout with Anthony Rawson of Minico in the 160-pound weight class final. Williamson jumped a weight class this week after winning in the 152-pound weight class at the Tim Matthews.
Minico head coach Boe Rushton said that he had quite a few wrestlers improve this week, but most noticeably Rawson and Ryeker Andersen, who finished second in the 113-pound weight class.
“They had good tournaments last week, but they just improved a lot into this week,” he said. “I think we improved as a team, too.”
Twin Falls head coach Dusty Skidmore said that Cole Massey, who won the 120-pound weight class, showed big improvement that helped his squad.
“He lost his first match last week and missed weight,” Skidmore said. “This week, he wins his first match decisively and pins everyone else. So he got some redemption.”
The Wiley Dobbs Invitational drew 27 teams from across Idaho, Nevada and Oregon this weekend. Skidmore said the tournament has cemented itself as a premier wrestling showdown in the area over the past few years.
“It’s growing like crazy,” he said. “Four years ago, there were 13 teams and it was pretty soft. Now, you’ve got state champions placing fourth here. The competition is really good.”
98: Toby Keller (Kuna) dec. Harley Skelly (Fruitland), 7-3
106: Kase Mauger (Twin Falls) maj. dec. Andrew Sagendorf (Highland), 14-2
113: Dante Riggio (Vallivue) pin Ryeker Andersen (Minico), 1:36. 120: Kreede Peterson (Kuna) dec. Preston Owens (Kuna), 6-0
126: Cole Massey (Twin Falls) pin Jose Avila (Caldwell), 1:59
132: Dallas Andrade (Minico) pin Braeden Dickinson (Canyon Ridge), 3:38
138: Konnor Cordingley (Highland) dec. Peyton Ringling (Jerome), 7-0
145: Carson Schvaneveldt (Kimberly) pin Easton Millward (Century), 2:40
152: Christian Hudson (Caldwell) dec. Brian Borden (Minico), 4-1
160: Anthony Rawson (Minico) dec. Ezekial Williamson (Jerome), 9-6
170: Carl Hansen (Elko) pin Tazyn Twiss (Minico), 3:07
182: Remington Winmill (Jerome) pin Jerimiah Hansen (Soda Springs), 2:46
195: Kash Anderson (Bishop Kelly) tech fall Kenneth Bevan (Echo), 16-1
220: Travis Mitchell (Caldwell) dec. Fernando Luna (Jerome), 2-0
285: Jake McGinnis (Gooding) dec. Austin Hatch (Twin Falls), 6-0