POCATELLO – Picture this: Post Falls coach Peter Reardon climbed into his hotel bed Friday night an unfazed man.
He punched his pillow out habit, not frustration. Everything is playing out according to plan.
“No big surprises today,” he said.
And when you’re the odds-on favorite to win the 5A team title at the 2015 Idaho state wrestling tournaments, you don’t want any surprises, big or small.
The Trojans enter today’s state tournament finals at Holt Arena with a narrow 108-100 lead over eastern Idaho power Bonneville, a scenario Reardon and his troops are embracing.
“We had some good and bad today for sure, but we got a lot of pins and scored a lot of bonus points,” Reardon said. “I don’t even know what the team scores are to be honest, but I know we have a lot of work to do.”
Much of that work will be done by Trojans lightweights Jordan Grimm (98 pounds), Matt McLeod (106), Braydon Huber (113), Casey Benton (120), Drake Foster (126), Tyler Wolf (132) and Alium De La Rosa (138), all of whom qualified for today’s championship semifinals.
In addition, top-seeded heavyweight Justin Farnsworth and unbeaten Seth McLeod (182) are eligible for state gold as semifinalists for Reardon.
“Good wrestling for us overall, pretty much going as expected,” Reardon said.
Riding the talents of middleweights Bryce Parson (145), Ryan Klemp (152) and Drake Randall (160), Lewiston enters the final day of competition in 11th place with 48 points.
“We could have gotten a lot more on the front side, but I think we’re pretty well set up on the backside,” Lewiston coach Colt Hegar said. “We’re going to try and lean on that tomorrow and let it roll.”
Coeur d’Alene (32 points) and Lake City (30) finished Friday 13th and 15th, respectively.
Fifth-place Lakeland enters today’s 4A competition in a dogfight for second place with 101 points. Four teams are within 14 points of Kuna for runner-up honors.
Lakeland semifinalists include Larry Johnson (113), Tuekota Tate (152), Jared Walker (170), Killian Estes (195) and Conor Shepherd (220).
Defending state champion Blake Ivie (138) of Kellogg is off to a good start, improving to 40-3 with a pair of first-period pins Friday.
Kellogg’s Dylan Huber (152) also reached today’s semifinals, helping push the Wildcats into eighth place in the 3A race with 55 points.
Today’s wrestling begins at 9 a.m. The championship finals will follow the parade of athletes, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.
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