Wrestlers start SRV conference season with big win

The Weiser Wolverine wrestling team started SRV conference action against Payette on Wednesday. Weiser was unable to fill one weight class but Payette struggled to fill six handing Weiser 30 points. Pictured above is Mickel Drydale wrestling at 98 pounds taking one of Weiser’s win by fall.

Weiser wrestlers competed in their first SRV match of the season. The women competed in exhibition matches. Pictured above is Audrey DeLeon getting in position against her Payette opponent. Photo by Katie von Brethorst

Weiser then took to the road and made the long journey to Spring Creek, Nev., just outside of Elko to compete in the Spring Creek Kiwanis Tournament. Pictured below, Kaleb Grove wrestled five matches. He won three matches by fall and two by decision. He contributed 30 team points to help Weiser take a fourth place finish. Photo by Katie von Brethorst
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Wolverines beat Payette 63-19; Grove places first at Spring Creek tourney

The Weiser Wolverines opened up the SRV conference this year by traveling to Payette this past Wednesday and what an opening it was. 
 The Wolverine wrestlers handled Payette with ease, beating them 63-19. 
 Helping Weiser to this success is the fact that they have someone to wrestle in each weight class except for 106 pounds. Weiser has always been a strong competitor with good numbers in wrestling and in the SRV some of the other teams struggle to do the same.  
 For Weiser, the team was able to score 30 points on forfeits alone with six matches not bringing an opponent to the mat. Weiser’s numbers are largely due to the program that has been developed in the community of Weiser. 
 Weiser junior varsity and the lady wrestlers also got in some exhibition matches before and after the varsity dual. 
 Individual results for the Wolverines were:
 98 pounds: Mickel Drydale won by fall.
 106 pounds: loss by forfeit.
 113 pounds: Andrew Sudderth won by forfeit.
 120 pounds: Billy Nevarez won by forfeit.
 126 pounds: Cole Ingle lost in overtime.
 132 pounds: Weston Black won by fall.
 138 pounds: Luke Sarich lost by fall.
 145 pounds: Stockton Young won by fall.
 152 pounds: Kash Cobb won by forfeit.
 160 pounds: Willie Sudderth won by forfeit.
 170 pounds: Maddox Stevens won by fall.
 182 pounds: Lucas Goff won by fall.
 195 pounds: Kaleb Grove won by forfeit.
 220 pounds: Trenton Hawker won by decision 5-3.
 285 pounds: Tristan McMahill lost by major 17-4.
 Spring Creek Kiwanis
 Weiser then made the long trip to Spring Creek, Nev., which is just outside of Elko. 
 This is the first year the Wolverines made the trip and had some good results. Twenty-six teams participated in the event and Weiser finished a respectable fourth place scoring 197 team points. 
 This was a good tournament that established a pod system for the wrestlers after the first day. This gave the wrestlers who were out early in the tournament the ability to wrestle more the second day. Many wrestlers benefitted from this format gaining matches and getting some practice in. 
 The Spring Creek Kiwanis tournament also has some different weight classes since it takes place in Nevada vs. Idaho. Many wrestlers needed to cut just a few more pounds in order to make weight, but the Weiser team made weight and came to wrestle. 
 It is interesting to see the team camaraderie with this group of wrestlers this year. After each win they chanted something inaudible in unison and it made every team turn around and look. After many wins it was finally clear what they were saying, “Gulo.” 
 Gulo is the name of a genus of animals, but there is only one animal included in it: the Wolverine. These Wolverine wrestlers were letting everyone in the gym know that they are one of a kind and they wrestled that way too. 
 Head Coach Chad Gibson explained, “These guys are starting to see that we are just as physical, aggressive, and gritty as our top competition and the only thing that separates us is how we think going into each match. These wrestlers battled hard from whistle to whistle.” 
 Coach was also excited about the number of matches and the learning that came from the tournament. 
 “We are starting to see our team coming together and believing in the philosophy of learning from every opportunity. Some of the most competitive have struggled in finding a learning opportunity in a loss, but those are the best teacher and showing us where the chink in our armor is. They are starting to crave those tough matches,” Coach Gibson added.  
 Kaleb Grove had an exciting tournament wrestling five matches and winning every single one of them to bring home the first place finish. The first three matches were won by falls and the last two were won by decision. Grove contributed a whopping 30 team points to his Wolverines during the tournament. 
 It is truly a mental game sitting and waiting for the final match and Maddox Stevens was in the same boat as Grove, but came up short in the controversial final match and took second place for the Wolverines. Stevens also contributed greatly to his team with 26 points. 
 Kash Cobb, Willie Sudderth, and Trenton Hawker all took third place for the Wolverines scoring 26, 19.5 and 25 team points respectively. Luke Sarich finished in fourth place and Aaron Despain brought home a sixth place finish. 
 Weiser will have its first home dual this Wednesday night hosting both Vallivue and Parma at 5:30 p.m. The Wolverines will then travel to Lewiston for the Clearwater Classic on Friday and Saturday.


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