For the second year in a row and fourth time since 2002, the University Titans captured the Jug Beck Rocky Mountain Classic wrestling championship in Missoula.
The Titans scored 209.5 points on Saturday to outdistance runner-up Coeur d’Alene (166). Central Valley (163) took third and Mead (134) finished sixth.
It’s the largest margin of victory by the Titans in this meet.
“We have a good balanced team,” U-Hi coach Don Owen said.
U-Hi placed five in the finals and had two winners. Tyler Clark won at 112 pounds and Jake Laden was a champ at 215, topping Thomas Tucker of CdA 5-1.
Clark and Laden each had three pins.
“Tyler dominated his weight and Jake was overpowering,” Owen said.
Other area winners were: Jarod Maynes of CV (125); Jeremy Golding of Mead (135); and Jordan Rogers of Mead (171), who pinned Jacob Fry of U-H in 44 seconds.
U-Hi had 11 placers.
“That’s an all-time high for us at the tournament,” Owen said.
U-Hi (6-0 Greater Spokane League) returns to league dual action Thursday when it entertains Mead (5-1) in a big showdown.
• East Valley took second at the Kelso (Wash.) Invitational.
The Knights compiled 165.5 points to finish behind host Kelso (198).
EV had seven placers and five – Jaren Novakovich, Nick Sweeney, Alex Rockstrom, Matt Mastronardi and Aaron Christiansen – took second.
• Deer Park took third and North Central 11th at the Rocky Mountain Rumble in Heber City, Utah.
Deer Park finished with 204.5 points, 10 behind the winner. Shawn Burton of DP took first at heavyweight, winning by pin, and Jared Berlinger of NC was first at 119, winning 6-2.
Dylan Miller of DP took second at 160 and Anthony Whitmarsh of NC was runner-up at 189.
• It was a Southern Idaho final at the River City Duals in Post Falls. Caldwell defeated Columbia of Nampa 32-28 for the team championship. Host Post Falls defeated Inland Empire League rival Lewiston 31-30 in a tight match for third. Shadle Park took fifth, topping Riverside 51-27.