Wrestlers place during Buhl Invitational meet

Friday, January 11, 2013

The Mountain Home Tigers finished in seventh place in the team standings at the 39th annual Buhl Invitational Wrestling Tournament over the weekend.

Four Mountain Home wrestlers placed in the top four.

Star Valley, Wyo., won the meet with 218.5 points. Declo finished second with 147, Snake River was third with 141.5, Spring Creek, Nev., fourth with 131.5, Weiser fifth at 109, Minico sixth with 104, and Mountain Home seventh, scoring 97.5 team points. There were 28 teams entered in the tournament.

Solomon Chung-Hee finished second in the 285-pound weight class, losing the championship match by a 6-2 decision to a wrestler from Star Valley. The loss for Chung-Hee was just his second of the season.

Meanwhile, Tanner Sessions finished third at 145 pounds and Aerial Groene and Josh Deal brought home fourth place medals, Groene at 106 pounds and Deal at 195.

Tiger wrestling coach Lynn Knudson was a bit disappointed with his varsity team's effort at the Buhl tourney.

"It's kind of hard going to a tournament after having the Christmas break," the coach said. "I guess that's just an excuse, but it just doesn't help, so we've just got to get back to work and get things working better for our guys."

The Mountain Home Tiger junior varsity squad wrestled at the JV tourney at Canyon Ridge High School in Twin Falls over the weekend and won the tourney.

The Tigers had 131.5 points, Spring Creek, Nev., was second with 126.5, Canyon Ridge was third with 118 and Battle Mountain, Nev., fourth with 106. There were 22 teams entered in the Canyon Ridge tournament.

Finishing in second place at Canyon Ridge for Mountain Home were David Welle at 98 pounds, Seth Dolan at 106 and Nick Shoemaker at 138. Third-place efforts went to Brett Stempfley at 145, Abraham Salas at 152 and Jose Ortiz at 285. Taylor Ogaard finished fourth at 182 pounds.

Coach Knudson was pleased with the way the JV Tigers came back strong on Saturday to win the Canyon Springs tourney.

The Tigers have a home match this Thursday night against Skyview.

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