NYSSA - Freshman and sophomore members of the Grant Union High School wrestling team put together some outstanding performances in a 10-team match on Monday, Dec. 16.
Prospectors' coach Dave Naibert said the tournament was set up for wrestlers who did not have a lot of experience, and gave them the opportunity to work on their skills against opponents who were evenly matched.
"There were about 10 schools at this tournament, three were from Oregon and the rest were from Idaho," Naibert said. "None of them were full teams, and they were made up of mostly freshman and sophomores with a few less-experienced juniors on them."
Grant Union was represented by 10 wrestlers, and the Prospectors won 10 matches and lost three.
Naibert said no team scores were kept at the tournament.
One of the more outstanding performances for the Prospectors was turned in by D.J. Lippert in the 112-pound class.
"D.J. pinned two of his opponents and Nathan Beal at 189 pounds also won two matches by pins," Naibert said. "D.J. is a freshman and Nathan is a first-year sophomore. I was pleased with the way they wrestled."
Other winners for the Prospectors included Toby Thomas at 125 pounds, Rustin McLeod at 135, Justin Bartlett at 145, Peter Diezel at 152 and Gus Stiner at 160.
"All those kids won at least one of their matches and Peter won two," Naibert said. "Out of our 10 matches, we won six by pins."