5A DISTRICT 5-6 TOURNAMENT
When: Wednesday, 10 a.m.
Where: Madison High School
Automatic state qualifiers: Top three placers from each weight class
The breakdown: Highland heads into districts eyeing a title after going 2-1 this season against conference foes Madison, Rigby and Thunder Ridge. Highland handled Thunder Ridge 74-8, beat Madison 53-31 and fell to Rigby 45-36.
The Rams bring 26 athletes to districts — more than any other league team, according to trackwrestling.com. They return defending 113-pound district champion Kael Cordingley (34-5), last year’s 98-pound runner-up Kellan Sagendorf (27-10), defending 152-pound runner-up Kael Anderson (36-4), and 2018 runner-up at 182 pounds Jonas Anderson (24-8).
But Highland boasts some fresh faces this year, as well. Freshmen Kayden Findlay (21-6) and Emilio Velasquez (36-7) highlight the Rams at 120 pounds and 145 pounds, respectively.
Highland’s last competition was Feb. 2 at the Dick Fleischmann Classic, where the Rams took top honors by going 7-0.
“We are excited to wrestle again. It’s been a week and a half so we are ready to go,” Highland coach Kolby Cordingley said. “The expectation is maximum effort and a great attitude.”
4A DISTRICT 4-5 TOURNAMENT
Where: Jerome High School
Automatic state qualifiers: Top five placers from each weight class
The breakdown: Century is a rising contender in 4A District 4-5, earning 24 wrestlers for the conference tournament, third-best out of the district’s 10 teams. The D-backs are led by Canyon Mansfield, the No. 1 seed at the 113-pound division. Mansfield is 40-1 this season, including an 8-0 mark against conference foes.
Teammates Tyler Andersen, Easton Millward, and De’Qua Lang are seeded second at 106, 160 and 285 pounds, respectively. Century has two wrestlers in nine different weight classes for the upcoming two-day event.
Century finished third in the 4A District 5-6 tournament a season ago, qualifying 10 wrestlers for state.
Pocatello qualified 20 wrestlers for this weekend’s district tournament, one year after winning the 4A District 5-6 team title. Jorsh Ronquillo is the top-seeded wrestler at 98 pounds and a three-time defending 98-pound district champion.
Pocatello’s Derrek Lindstrom is the No. 2 seed in the 132-pound class with a 20-5 record. Teammate Kobe Felde is the top-seeded wrestler at 138 pounds. Felde won the 132-pound title in District 5-6 a season ago. Brian Jackson is the No. 2 seed in the 220-pound class with a 26-2 mark. Jackson’s two losses were to Jerome’s Fernando Luna, the No. 1 seed.
Preston has 16 wrestlers at the two-day event, including top-seeded Josh Seamons at 285 pounds. Seamons is 13-2 this season and beat second-seeded Lang in their lone matchup this season. Preston’s Caigun Keller is the No. 2 seed at 138 pounds with a record of 39-16 in his first prep season. Preston had eight wrestlers qualify for state in 2018.