NAMPA, Idaho – Post Falls junior Justin Farnsworth scored a dramatic third-round pin of Capital’s Jake Fields on Friday, punctuating a solid opening day for the Trojans at the Idaho state wrestling championships.
Farnsworth was one of five Post Falls wrestlers to advance to today’s championship round as the Trojans put themselves in prime trophy position at the Ford Idaho Center.
“We climbed throughout the day,” said Post Falls coach Pete Reardon, whose team has placed second in each of the past two seasons. “Every round we got better and ended with our best round, winning five of six in the semis. That was huge.”
Sophomore Alius Delarosa (120 pounds), junior Drake Foster (126), sophomore TJ Wolf (138) and junior Seth McLeod (170) joined Farnsworth in the championship round.
Foster, a two-time defending champ, cruised into the final with two pins and a major decision, while Delarosa and McLeod also earned the right to defend their titles.
Wolf is in his first state final as is Farnsworth (285 pounds), who avenged last year’s state loss to set up a championship match with Coeur d’Alene senior Matt James.
“I really wanted to beat (Fields) – that’s a huge monkey off my back,” Farnsworth said. “Last time I wrestled (James), he beat me 1-0. I’m just hoping to keep the pressure on him.”
Centennial leads the 5A team race with 261 points, followed by Borah (164), Post Falls (152.5) and Coeur d’Alene (114).
CdA’s Vikings placed three seniors in the finals: James, Hudson Staub (182) and Phoenix Duncan (195).
Lewiston has two juniors in the finals: Two-time defending champ Ryan Klemp (152) and defending champ Bryce Parson (145). Both wrestlers dominated Friday, with Parson pinning all three of his opponents to earn a shot at three-time champion Hayden Tuma of Centennial.
“I’m willing to accept the challenge,” Parson said. “This is what I’ve been looking forward to. I have a good game plan, and I am just going to go out and wrestle my hardest. What have I got to lose?”
4A: Lakeland junior Killian Estes pinned top-seeded Jordan Nolan of Kuna to earn a spot in the 182-pound final. Sandpoint senior Josh Travers also advanced to the championship round at 220 pounds.
Kuna has eight wrestlers in the finals and is running away with the team title.
3A: Kellogg junior and defending state champion Blake Ivie rolled Friday to reach the 132-pound final. Senior teammate Casey Jerome (138) also made the championship round, as did Timberlake senior Preston Rhodes (160).
Fruitland has a commanding 105-point lead in the 3A team race.
2A: St. Maries senior Aaron Kolar survived three tough decisions and advanced to the 138-pound final.
Firth leads a tight 2A team race.