Aberdeen wrestlers come up short by four points against Malad

By The Aberdeen Times staff

The Aberdeen Times of Aberdeen, Idaho

The Aberdeen Tiger wrestling team came up four points short of a team win when they traveled to Malad on Thursday, Jan. 29, for a dual wrestling match with the Dragons.

"Last time we dualed Malad we only won three matches, this time we only lost by four points," said coach Craig Peck. "We only needed one more match to go our way and we would have beaten the Dragons and this was with us giving up four weights. This just shows how much our wrestlers are improving. I was real pleased with the team. We did not win the dual but head to head we did."

Those winning matches at Malad were Ty Peck by pin, Mat Gonzales major decision, Shawn Warren decision, Shawn Foster by pin, Ian Poulson by forfeit and Ty Wahlen by pin. Aberdeen won six matches and Malad four in head to head wrestling.

Aberdeen traveled to Sugar Salem for the John Berry Invitational over the weekend. Twenty teams came for this two day wrestling event. Schools from 1A to 3A were represented.

After two days of hard wrestling and many great and exciting matches, the Tigers came home with five medal winners. 135 lb. Mat Gonzales brought home a first place finish, 130 lb. Ty Peck earned second place, 145 lb. Shawn Warren fifth place, 125 lb. Ben Moreland and 140 lb. Jaiden Beck each received sixth place.

Aberdeen placed ninth overall in team standings, besting 2A Firth and West Jefferson. The top ten teams were: Malad 199 points, Challis 194.5 points, Salmon 190 points, Bear Lake 154.5 points, South Fremont 143 points, Teton 141 points, Marsh Valley 133.5 points, North Fremont 109 points, Aberdeen 101 points, and Ririe with 91 points.

"For only having 10 wrestlers in the tournament and to place ninth in a 20-team tournament where most of the other teams take 13 to 14 wrestlers shows how our boys stayed right in there and wrestled hard with half of them placing in the top six," said Peck. "I can see how we are improving, but we see some things we can improve on before district."

The Tiger wrestlers next wrestle at North Fremont with North Fremont and Salmon, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m. The Tigers also invite all of their wrestling fans to turn out for Aberdeen's two day Tiger Grind this weekend on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 6 and 7, at the high school. Eighteen teams will be competing. Wrestling action starts at 3 p.m. on Friday.

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