Printed on: December 29, 2012

Year of the Dragons

Malad scores a field-best 198 to claim Firth Invite

By David Roy

Firth High School's Layton Wasia scored three pins en route to a win in the 132-pound bracket, defeating Aberdeen's Russell Feld in the title match at the Tex Elkington wrestling tournament Friday at Firth High School.

Malad won the team title with 198 points, 10 better than runner up Idaho Falls JV and 36 ahead of third-place firth.

"This tournament was good and makes me excited for the end of the year," Wasia said. "There are a lot of tough matches ahead and this gets me ready for the competition I'll run into."

Using a tight-waist and grabbing an arm, Wasia finished with one second-round and two first-round pins in the tournament.

"I've faced some of these wrestlers before and beat them," Wasia said. "This is my first year here at Firth and I love it."

Firth finished with three other individual champions including Luke Madsen (195), Matt Lindberg (170) and Connor Montgomery (160).

"The team looked good and it's nice to have Layton (Wasia) because he fits in with the kids and is a good hard worker," Firth coach Keith Drake said. "Considering everything this week the team came together and did well."

Idaho Falls had three individual champions including Bridger Carpenter at 98 pounds, Brody Hardy at 113 pounds and Julis Vasquez at 152 pounds.

Snake River's Dayton Shields won first place at 138 pounds and Challis wrestler Stephen Zettel won the 120-pound division.

"We had a lot of good teams here," Drake said. "Some of the teams were a mixture of varsity and junior varsity so the competition was good. A third-place finish was good and our kids wrestled well."