HS wrestling: Highland wins 2019 Dick Fleischmann Classic; Century and Pocatello have strong showings
POCATELLO — Kolby Cordingley walked away satisfied from Saturday’s Dick Fleischmann Classic.
The Rams’ coach watched from the edge of the mat as his team put on a show at Pocatello High. The Rams went 7-0 at the two-day event, securing the 2019 Dick Fleischmann championship. The Rams scored 442 points to outlast 7-0 Jerome, which tallied 424 points to finish second.
“We got a lot of good matches,” Cordingley said. “That was a good thing. We wrestled really well. The small schools that we saw were quality. I was pleased with the effort. We are coming along.”
The Rams finished Saturday with wins over Boise (72-9), Hillcrest (77-9), Marsh Valley (63-10), and Skyview (64-16) after beating Eagle (53-34), North Fremont (64-15), and Sugar-Salem (49-31) on Friday.
Highland’s Calvin Hewett (98 pounds), Davis Dobson (160), Bristin Corrigan (160), and Max Anderton (170) went undefeated at the two-day classic.
“Calvin Hewett did a great job,” Cordingley said. “He had some tough matches and got some quality wins. Davis Dobson wrestled tough, and I was impressed with Bristin Corrigan.”
Dobson picked up four wins by pin and three victories by forfeits at the event. He pinned Sugar-Salem’s Cody Tillery in 26 seconds, Eagle’s Aslan Trapp in 45 seconds, North Fremont’s Tyrek Mago in 1:18 and Hillcrest’s Isaac Canales in 1:29.
The Rams’ 170-pounder was coming off a fifth-place finish at the Red Halverson Invitational on Jan. 26 and has a 35-5 mark this season.
“My matches turned out pretty good,” Dobson said. “They were all pretty quick. I felt confident coming in. I’ve been working all year for this. I felt like I’d do good.”
Century had four wrestlers finish undefeated at the two-day 2019 Dick Fleischmann Classic at Pocatello High.
Canyon Mansfield (113 pounds), Ryeker Andersen (120), Easton Millward (160), and De’Qua Lang (285) had perfect marks for the Diamondbacks, who went 6-1 as a team, the third-best record at the classic.
“We were looking to go undefeated,” Century coach Michael Millward said. “We just didn’t make it happen. We found some things we need to work on. We competed well.”
Century went 4-0 on Saturday, picking up wins over Boise (69-17), North Fremont (57-25), Marsh Valley (55-23), and Skyview (57-28). The D-backs beat Eagle (45-35) and Hillcrest (77-7) on Friday and lost 42-37 to Sugar-Salem.
Mansfield went 7-0 at the event to bring his record to 40-1 on the season. At the Dick Fleischmann Classic, the sophomore had three wins by fall, one by major decision, one by decision and one win by forfeit. Andersen improved his record to 50-4 this season with seven wins at the classic.
Easton Millward was the third Diamondback to collect seven wins at the Dick Fleischmann, including three wins by fall, while Lang’s victories included beating Preston’s Luis Herring by fall.
“It doesn’t matter who it is, we are going to give it our all,” Lang said. “We are going to leave our hearts on the mat.”
Jorsh Ronquillo was a bright spot for Pocatello at the 2019 Dick Fleischmann Classic.
The Indians’ senior 98-pound wrestler went 7-0 at the Indians’ home wrestling event and earned Outstanding Wrestler honors. Ronquillo helped the Indians to a 3-4 mark as a team.
“I wrestled my best,” Ronquillo said. “I really did. I gave it my all.”
The senior earned two wins by fall and improved his record to 37-4 this season. Ronquillo’s teammate Lorenzo Brower also went 7-0 at the event in the 145-pound class. The senior beat Hillcrest’s Lorenzo Luis, claiming a 5-3 decision. The victory helped Brower avenge a loss to Luis at the Rollie Lane Invitational.
“He went all in,” Ronquillo said of Brower. “He got the bread.”
The Indians went 2-2 on Saturday, beating Hillcrest (33-30) and Boise (36-34) and dropping matches to Marsh Valley (48-23) and Eagle (47-25). Pocatello beat Skyview (41-40) on Friday before losing to North Fremont (48-27) and Sugar-Salem (54-34).
“We did OK,” Ronquillo said. “Saturday, we did a lot better. We had a pep talk today and went out there and did it.”
Tanner Branson had a strong showing at the 2019 Dick Fleischmann Classic, notching a 6-1 record at 220 pounds as the Eagles finished 4-3 at the two-day event.
Branson’s lone loss was to Jerome’s Remington Winmill, who went undefeated. Branson lost by fall on Friday before rebounding for a 4-0 showing Saturday.
“It’s nice to know where you sit,” Branson said. “If I just wrestled 3A schools all year and nothing else, I wouldn’t know how I compare. It’s good to see something else.”
The Eagles’ Brady Dahlke went 5-2 at 98 pounds, as did teammate Carson Hemsley at 113 pounds. Marsh Valley picked up wins over Mountain Home (48-29), Preston (58-30), Thunder Ridge (56-42) and Pocatello (48-23) at the classic.
Preston finished the event 1-6, beating Hillcrest 48-30.