For the first time since before South Fremont head coach Jed Clark was around South Fremont won the Buhl tournament beating out Spring Creek (Nevada) who had won the tournament four times in a row.
The Cougars topped Spring Creek 253 to 250 beating out third place Snake River by over 100 points. North Fremont placed fifth with 98 points despite not bringing a full lineup.
“Buhl’s always a good tournament,” said South Fremont head coach Jed Clark. “There’s 29 teams there. Not all the teams have full rosters but it’s a tough tournament. Spring Creek’s won it the last four years they’re out of Nevada. They’re a solid team. Last year I think they won it by 100 points.”
The tournament came to last few finals matches after Spring Creek reeked havoc in third-fourth and fifth-sixth matches to take a lead over South.
Sawyer Hobbs was a shoe in to win at 189 but Tuffy Briggs faced a difficult test in the 126 final in two of South’s three matches head to head finals against Spring Creek.
“Probably one of the biggest matches was Tuffy Briggs,” Clark said. “He came in as a freshman and he was wrestling a senior from Spring Creek. The kid took him down in the first but he hung with it and ended up beating the kid. You reverse that match and you lose that tournament. If they win that one instead of us then they would have beat us. Right there towards the end that was a real critical match for us to win.”
River Eddins and Sawyer Hobbs were South’s other two Champions.
“River Eddins winning at 160 was a big match,” Clark said. “That kept us in the hunt to win it. We knew if Sawyer could win then we’d win it. We of course have a lot of confidence in Sawyer. If there’s someone to put all our bets on, he’s definitely one that we have a lot of confidence in.”
Overall, South Fremont had seven finalists and 10 places in the tournament. Dillon Gneiting (106) , Beau Hackworth (138), Hunter Hobbs (132) and Bryan Popocatl (285) each placed second. Tristan Olson (170) and Ryker Simmons (98) took fourth.
North Fremont had one Champion: Riggen Cordingley (170), Tyler Session(145) took second and Kohl Nielson(138) and Hayden Maupin(152) took fourth.
The Cougars did the best they’d ever done at the tournament and blew away nearly all the competition but better than that they expected to win.
“I thought we had a chance to win it,” Clark said. “We had have some big wins for it to happen. Like say, Spring Creek, they’re solid. Even their guys didn’t make it to the finals, they’re tough enough that they come back and they get third. They’re a solid team, a solid program.
We just had a great tournament. We had seven guys in the finals. We ended up placing nine kids in the top four. It was a great weekend.”
South Fremont wrestled well throughout the tournament and several of their wrestlers had a chance to win it.
“As far as the whole team goes, as good as they were wrestling, I felt like we had a shot at every one of those matches in the finals,” Clark said. “It was a good confidence builder for our team. That’s for sure.”
South Fremont’s next matches will come at the Tiger-Grizz tournament this weekend and North Fremont will wrestle Challis Wednesday.