NYSSA – The wrestling squads of Baker/Powder Valley and host Nyssa were required to wait until the final matches before determining fourth and fifth place team finishes as two days of action culminated on Saturday, December 14 at the Calhoun Classic.
Baker/Powder Valley edged out Nyssa for fourth with 127 points. Nyssa settled for fifth at their own tournament with 102 points. The Idaho Kuna Kavemen (228 points) returned home with the team title followed by Idaho’s Caldwell (167 points) and New Plymouth (147 points).
Individuals from both Bulldog teams gathered some personal hardware from the tournament.
Baker/Powder Valley’s Johnny Niehaus grabbed first place in the 132-pound classification with a win over Ontario’s Kyle Wulf by pin at the 5 minute, 39 second mark. At 182 pounds, Mahonri Ruston won by technical fall, 16-1 over Emmett’s Layne Dalton for the medal.
Nyssa ended the tournament with two champions. Elijah Cleaver was crowned the top wrestler at 152 pounds after 10-1 decision over Middleton’s Kyle Austin in the weight’s final match. At 195 pounds, Nyssa’s Adam Simpson won by major decision, 11-3, over Emmett’s Jake Johnson to take the first place medal.
Team scores: 1. Kuna, 228. 2. Caldwell, 167. 3. New Plymouth, 147. 4. Baker/Powder Valley, 127. 5. Nyssa, 102. 6. Emmett, 80. 7. Fruitland, 78.5. 8. Ontario, 71.5. 9. Vallivue, 56. 10. Middleton, 54.5. 11. McCall-Donnelly, 54. 12. Payette, 47. 13. Marsing, 44. 14. Borah, 43.5. 15. Homedale, 35.5. 16. Parma, 27. 17. Vale, 18. 18. Melba, 10. 19. Adrian, 0. 19. Echo/Stanfield, 0. 19. Nampa Christian, 0. 19. Skyview, 0.
Individual results: 126: Third place match, Justin Freeman (Caldwell) over Gavin Stone (Baker/Powder Valley) by decision, 4-2. 132: First place match, Johnny Niehaus (Baker/Powder Valley) over Kyle Wulf (Ontario) by fall, 5:39. Third place match, Christian Sotelo (Caldwell) over Raul Ruiz (Nyssa) by decision, 11-7. 152: First place match, Elijah Cleaver (Nyssa) over Kyle Austin (Middleton) by major decision, 10-1. Third place match, Hsee Hsee (New Plymouth) over Ruben Hernandez (Ontario) by major decision, 14-4. 160: First place match, Hunter Beus (New Plymouth) over Ian Feldmeier (Baker/Powder Valley) by decision, 7-0. 170: Third place match, Gauge Bloomer (Baker/Powder Valley) over Vaughndavid Gregory (Kuna) by fall, 0:23. 182: First place match, MaHonri Ruston (Baker/Powder Valley) over Layne Dalton (Emmett) by technical fall, 16-1. 195: First place match, Adam Simpson (Nyssa) over Jake Johnson (Emmett) by major decision, 11-3. Third place match, Gabriel Ramos (Payette) over Colt Cobb (Baker/Powder Valley) by fall, 3:18. 220: First place match, Greg Gissel (Fruitland) over Bryan Flores (Nyssa) by decision, 2-0. Third place match, Ruben Chavez (Ontario) over James Bair (Kuna) by fall, 2:11. 285: Third place match, Marlin Miles (Nyssa) over Eliazar Rameriz (Ontario) by decision, 10-4.