By ELLEN GREGORY
For The Citizen
The notable Red Halverson wrestling tournament, held this Friday and Saturday at Minico, brought together much of the competition Preston High wrestlers will face at the state tournament in four weeks, with 20 teams in attendance and most of those being 4-A schools.
“The Preston wrestlers had a great weekend of wrestling,” said Coach Justin Torfin. “We had 11 wrestlers make it to the second, which is not easy in a tournament of this difficulty.
“They wrestled with heart this weekend. Our varsity came out on fire.”
Cameron Dietrich out-fought a Pocatello opponent to nail down fifth place at 113 pounds. En-route to clinching third place at 106 pounds, Peter Gregory completely dominated a top-ranked 3-A opponent from Snake River with a score of 11-1; in his finals match against his Bonneville opponent, Gregory scored seven points in two minutes to complete the win.
After being out for three weeks with an injury, Rylee Hobbs came back strong. After shutting down a Pocatello opponent, Hobbs would later take on a local favorite from Minico in his 126-pound finals match — and Hobbs maintained control for much of the time to capture third place.
“Peter and Rylee both would not be denied in their [finals] matches, both coming up with huge wins,” said Torfin.
JV action happened at Burley High School.
“Justin Longhurst had one of the toughest weight classes in the tourney,” said Torfin, “and he hung right in there with them. I was proud of him.”
Preston will host Shelley and Idaho Falls here on Wednesday evening; the Dick Fleishman tournament is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday in Pocatello.
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