Wolverine wrestlers qualify 17 for state championships

Weiser’s Audrey DeLeon, above, topped off her final Wolverine wrestling season with a second place medal in girls 120-pound weight class. DeLeon has been a tough wrestler for the Wolverines during her high school career, and as the only Weiser girl competitor at State, earned 28 team points on her own. Photos by Katie von Brethorst.

Weiser senior Kaleb Grove brought home a second-place State medal in the 220-pound weight class, winning his first two rounds, and just running out of time in the final match for a 7-4 decision loss.

Kash Cobb brought home a first place State title in the 182-pound weight class, winning three matches by fall, and the final in a 7-2 decision. The Wolverines placed fifth in team standings.
Katie von Brethorst
  Weiser made the trek to Pocatello this past weekend and encountered some enormous competition during 3A State Championship Wrestling.  
 Weiser qualified 17 wrestlers to compete and compete they did! Weiser ended up with a sixth place finish barely missing fifth by 2.5 points.  Overall, 18 teams competed at the state level. Weiser had nine wrestlers place in the event with five making it as far as the semi-finals. 
 Kash Cobb, a junior for the Wolverines, was the sole first place winner for Weiser, wrestling at the 182 pound weight class. Cobb wrestled at a few different weights this season, but settled in for the long haul at 182 pounds and was District Champion.  
 He wrestled four matches during the tournament and won the first three matches by fall in 55 seconds, 56 seconds, and 1:57 seconds respectively.  Cobb drew a strong wrestler from Buhl and their records almost mirrored each other for the year, but Cobb showed shear strength and kept Buhl down for the majority of the match giving up just two points. Cobb won by decision 7-2 to win the match.  
 Kash Cobb isn’t one to wear his heart on his sleeve and doesn’t show a lot of outward enthusiasm when he wins a match and this one was much like every other match that he has had this year; except that this was the state title match and he won!  
 Cobb walked over to his coaches, shook their hands like he had just closed a business deal and then showed a big smile when congratulated by his parents and his team. He also scored 28 points for his team.  
 Cobb wasn’t the only one on his team to make it into the championship round. Kaleb Grove a senior for the Wolverines also made it in at the 220 weight class and wrestled a seemingly technical match until the very end.  
 Grove drew a Fruitland wrestler in the finals and just didn’t have enough time in the last period to make up some points.  Grove took second place for the Wolverines in a match lost by decision 7-4.  
 Kaleb had three matches during the tournament winning his first by fall in two minutes and in the semifinals he won by decision 8-6. Grove also contributed 22 team points to the Wolverine total.  
 Audrey DeLeon also took second place for the Wolverines.  Audrey was a team of one at the tournament and scored a total of 24 points on her own.  
 She started her tournament winning three matches by fall and two of them were done and over in less than 32 seconds.  For the finals she faced a Jerome wrestler who was undefeated and she was tough. DeLeon never stopped wrestling for a second and got to a point when she just needed to try something and got caught and lost her match by fall. DeLeon is also a senior for the Wolverines.  
 Finishing third for Weiser was a junior, Luke Sarich at 152 pounds and in fourth place Stockton Young at 152 pounds and also a junior.  Fifth place saw Weston Black at 126 and Charlie Nevarez at 120.  Rounding out the pack in sixth place was Wyatt Black. 
 Weiser wrestling was fun to watch this year and has a lot of good things going for the upcoming years. Congratulations Wolverines!


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