The Madison wrestling team placed third in the 5A District 5-6, with 215 points behind Thunder Ridge with 327.0 and Highland’s 322.5, Wednesday in Pocatello. Idaho Fall finished fourth with 162 points followed by Rigby with 131.
Madison had five wrestlers in the finals but all of them lost as they will be taking 12 to the state meet next Friday in Nampa. Placing second in the meet were Brady Calderwood (113), Noah Ingram (132), David Wheeler (145), Roy Gunderson (160) and Orion Stokes at 182. The Bobcats also had an outstanding quarter-final round by getting seven other wrestlers qualifying for the state meet.
“I was proud of our wrestlers and figured that we could take from nine to 14 to state before the district meet,” said Aaron Peterson, Madison head coach. “We got the 12 of 19 wrestlers going with the possibility of getting another one on an at-large spot.”
Those taking third place for the Bobcats were Josh Benson (138), Jeffrey Williams (152), Ethan Burbidge (195), Tayton Warnke (220) and Kevin Heebner at 285. Going to state in fourth place are Tanner Severn (98) and Spencer Wilcox (132).
Ingram lost the championship match to Idaho Falls’ Kayson Kenney, 1-0, on an escape in the third round as neither wrestler could take the other one down. To get to the championship match, Ingram, who was seeded third had to battle the number two-seed, Emilio Velasquez, from Highland. Velasquez had defeated Ingram earlier in the season but Ingram got the takedown on a beautiful arm pass in the first round with Velasquez escaping in the second round as they went into the final round at 2-1.
Ingram was able to escape at the beginning of the third round then worked for another takedown to a three-point near fall before pinning Velasquez to advance to the final round.
Stokes was also a third seed but beat the second seed, Cache Holt, of Thunder Ridge by getting a takedown and a three-point near fall in third round to advance to the championship match. He lost the championship match to Luke Sidwell of Highland, 7-0.
This year the A-4 and A-5 schools will have a one-day state meet on Friday, February 26,at the Idaho Center in Nampa.