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Flathead grapplers sweep team titles in Boise

by Daily Inter Lake
| January 8, 2022 11:49 PM

BOISE, Idaho — Flathead’s girls and boys wrestling teams swept the team titles Saturday at the Rollie Lane Invitational.

“Just unbelievable,” Flathead coach Jeff Thompson said. “We are just so proud of this team. They just keep stepping up and improving each and every weekend. This is arguably one of the toughest tournaments in the Western United States and they just found ways to win the tough matches.”

Braves Fin Nadeau (145), Chase Youso (182), and Noah Poe-Hatten (170) were all winners Saturday, with Anders Thompson third at 160 and Asher Kemppainen (132) among several Flathead wrestlers who placed fifth. Gabe Lake (152) battled to a second-place finish.

“The quarterfinals were just loaded with undefeated records and state champions and the Brave Brawlers went toe to toe with the best,” Thompson said. “Super fun watching the Brawlers compete at this level. No question that Flathead wrestling is on the map. Fin Nadeau beat an All-American in the semifinals on the road to the championship.”

Flathead’s girls had four placers, including Lucille Libby (182) whose third place finish clinched the title for the Bravettes.

Hania Halverson was pinned in the 120 final to place second. Lily McMahon (126) was fourth and McKenna McCarthy (160) was sixth.

“The Flathead girls might have only had 4 girls place but Bella Arriga, Emma Gambino, and Boston Howell all won some matches and lost in the blood round,” Thompson said. “Hania Halverson made it into the finals at 120 with some super slick techniques this weekend. Lucy Libby got a pin for 3rd which won the tournament for our girls. Fantastic win for her and the team.”

Rollie Lane Invitational

Saturday

Girls

Team scores — 1, Flathead 101; 2, Eagle (ID) 98; 3, Reed (NV) 94; 4, Caldwell (ID) 76; 5, La Pine (OR) 68; 6, Kuna (ID) 67; 7, Columbia (ID) 65, 7 Coeur d’Alene (ID) 65; Minico (ID) 65; 10, Moscow (ID) 58.

Individual results

120

1st Place Match - Katie Ward (McQueen) pinned Hania Halverson (Flathead), 2:53.

126

3rd Place Match - Jordan Barrett (Payette) dec. Lily McMahon (Flathead), 4-1.

160

5th Place Match - Alyssa Mabey (Kuna) pinned McKenna McCarthy (Flathead), 4:56.

182

3rd Place Match - Lucille Libby (Flathead) pinned Jordan LeBeau (Eagle) 4-3, 2:49.

Boys

Team scores — 1, Flathead 231; 2, Meridian (ID) 206; 3, Coeur d’Alene (ID) 152; 4, Crook County (OR) 148; 5, Post Falls (ID) 159; 6, Minico (ID) 127; 7, Columbia (ID) 118; 8, Caldwell (ID) 116; 8, New Plymouth (ID) 116; 10, Wasatch (UT) 111.

Individual results

106

5th Place Match - Draven Johns (Caldwell) pinned Aiden Downing (Flathead), 2:15.

132

5th Place Match - Asher Kemppainen (Flathead) won by inj. def. over Ryder Robinson (Wasatch), Inj. 0:00.

145

1st Place Match - Fin Nadeau (Flathead) maj. dec. Junior Downing (Redmond), 11-3.

152

1st Place Match - Tayten Gillette (Gooding) pinned Gabe Lake (Flathead), 3:32.

160

3rd Place Match - Anders Thompson (Flathead) dec. Trent Myers (New Plymouth), 5-0.

170

1st Place Match - Noah Poe-Hatten (Flathead) dec. Gunner Giulio (Coeur d’Alene), 6-3.

182

1st Place Match - Chase Youso (Flathead) pinned Luke Arthur (Minico), 1:24.

195

5th Place Match - Sawyer Troupe (Flathead) pinned Whyatt Larson Phelen (Orting High School), 2:41.

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