Printed on: January 26, 2013

Don't mess with Grizzlies

Idaho Falls' Hardy, Kilpatrick shine at Cd'A Invite


John Berry Invite

Idaho Falls High School junior Braxton Hardy qualified for the semifinals by upsetting the No. 2 seed in the 138-pound weight division during the opening day of the Coeur d'Alene Invitational on Friday.

Teammate Danny Kilpatrick also advanced to the semifinals at 220 pounds.

Trailing 14-12 with 30 seconds remaining in the match, Hardy scored a two-point reversal which put his opponent on his back for a two-point near fall. When the dust settled, Hardy took a 16-14 decision to advance.

"It was a pretty good match and now I have to keep going," Hardy said. "The meet is fun and going real smooth and our team is not doing too bad."

Idaho Falls coach Jeff Einerson said his team also has seven wrestlers still competing in the consolation bracket.

"We had a good day," Einerson said. "Danny (Kilpatrick) had a great quarterfinal match."

Minico Invitational: At Rupert, Bonneville sits in third place after Day 1 of the Minico Invitational.

Kuna leads with 112.5 points with Centennial in second with 101.5 points and Bonneville third with 82.5. Declo is fourth, followed by Mountain View, Nampa and Blackfoot. Snake River and Rigby also have wrestlers still in contention.

Bonneville has five wrestlers still undefeated in the meet -- Justin Holman (113), Jacom Stacey (152), Jared Bird (160), Daniel Quiroz (170) and Jordan Vielma at 195 pounds.

"We have not lost anybody yet, the whole team is still in the tournament," Bonneville coach Zairrick Wadsworth said. "Collectively, we wrestled really well."

The action continues at 9 a.m. today in Rupert.

John Berry Invite: At Sugar City, Sugar-Salem, Challis, Teton and Skyline occupy the top four spots after the first day of the John Berry Invitational.

"The team is up there in the standings now, but we will have to hang on because it will be a dogfight tomorrow," Sugar-Salem coach Bill Walker said.

"We are so proud of our kids tonight," Challis coach John Piva said. "They wrestled so hard to be in the top so far."

Day 1 results were not available at Post Register deadline.