Von Brethorst crowned state champion at 152 pounds

When wrestlers head to the state championship an even tighter brotherhood is formed.  A total of 23 state qualifiers sported their crazy wrestling haircuts and boarded the bus for Holt Arena in Pocatello this past weekend. 
 The 3A is comprised of 19 teams from across the state and Weiser had a solid finish in fifth place with 145.5 points. By the end of competition on Friday, Weiser had four wrestlers in the championship semi-finals and five more working through consolation.  
 Weiser had some tough draws and competition throughout the state championship and saw some first time state placers and improvements from last year’s results.  
 “This can be the longest two days of a wrestler’s career. We had a lot of young men place at state for the first time and a couple of boys who saw solid improvements from last year’s finishes,” Coach Drew Dickerson stated.  
 Weiser definitely had some exciting performances during the tournament. At 98 pounds, Jace Buescher, a freshman for Weiser and a first-year wrestler, placed sixth at the tournament and scored 11 points for his team.  
 At 126 pounds, the duo of Kooper von Brethorst and Justin Williamson, both sophomores, tagged-teamed the bracket and were both into the semi-finals on Saturday. 
 Justin drew the No. 1 seed and finished in sixth place, scoring 11 points for his team. Kooper wrestled strong, ending up with a fourth place finish for the Wolverines and scoring 16 points.  
 At 195 pounds, Paul Crawford, a senior and also a first-year wrestler, took sixth place, and scored 13 points for his team.  Also at 195 pounds, freshman, Rylee Willet recorded a fifth place finish for the Wolverines, and scored 16.5 points for his team.
 At 220 pounds, Darrian Hoobery, a senior captain, had a strong showing and placed a personal best at third place for Weiser. Darrian had a tough match for third defeating Brisyn Cutburth 4-3. Darrian scored 18 points for his team.  
 At 152 pounds, Brody von Brethorst defeated the second, third, and fourth place finishers of the tournament to take first place.  Brody wrestled four tough matches during the tournament with his championship match being the highlight of his night. 
 Wearing a vintage jersey from circa 1980s, the match went into an ultimate tie-breaker situation and von Brethorst was able to decide which position to be in for the final tie-breaker. 
 The senior captain chose the down position and just had to break free of his opponent. Succeeding, he won his first state title. Brody’s match was a tough one with a Snake River opponent and second seed in the tournament.  
 Several times during the match, Coach Dickerson was seen pointing to his heart and giving Brody advice.  
 “When you get into the third round, and it is that close of a match, you have to want it more. At the end of the third period with a tied score, I just wanted to remind Brody that heart wins.  He had two tough overtime periods and during the ultimate tie-breaker, he dug deep and showed which wrestler had the bigger heart. He has the heart of a champion.” 
 Dickerson continued, “He is the kid who gets there early, works so hard that he loses seven to eight pounds during a practice, and is one of the last kids to leave.  He knows what hard work is, he put it in this year, and his result speaks for itself.”  
 At the end of the match, the crowd watched Brody run to Coach Dickerson and jump into his arms, while his teammates rushed the mat to offer congratulations and celebrate the win.  
 “It was great to share this final win with my team and my coaches. My teammates have pushed me every day to be better and so has Erickson, Willet, Rux, Gibson and Dickerson. I couldn’t have asked for better brothers and leaders this year,” Brody said. 
 When coaches have a wrestler in the championship, tradition calls for them to dress up and Coach Drew Dickerson and Coach Chad Gibson did not disappoint.  
 “I wanted to see Dickerson and Gibson dress up in a suit for that last match and then to win it my senior year is just icing on the cake,” Brody said.  
 Congratulations to all Weiser Wolverine wrestlers. Way to represent!


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