SHELLEY – One of the most decorated and accomplished area high school wrestlers of the past decade has signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Providence in Montana and continue his wrestling career.

NAMPA — A wrestling season that almost didn’t happen ended with a 5A/4A state tournament where guts and endurance were paramount. With all the action crammed into one day, Idaho’s best wrestlers had to dig deep to find championship glory at the Idaho Center.

The state wrestling tournament gets underway at the Idaho Center in Nampa on Friday with a bit of a different format.

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More spectators will be allowed into high school athletic events beginning this week following a new order by Governor Brad Little that seeks to permit athletics to “continue in a way that is productive and safe for all participants, while including spectators.”

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame selected South Fremont’s Sawyer Hobbs as the Idaho Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award winner earlier this month, making him the first South Fremont wrestler to win the award.

Kenneth Copley, one of the top athletes in a loaded Sugar-Salem senior class, signed a letter of intent to wrestle at NAIA Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona.

With a calm and efficient first round pin over Weiser's Rylee Willet at the Ford Idaho Center on February 29, Sawyer Hobbs cemented his legacy as one of the best prep wrestlers in eastern Idaho history.

Of the 24 District 6 wrestlers that made it all the way to the championship mat Saturday, nine came back to eastern Idaho with 2020 wrestling gold.

NAMPA — The Ririe Bulldogs matched the longest dynasty in Idaho wrestling history at the Ford Idaho Center on Saturday, winning their sixth-straight team championship in front of a packed house.

The state wrestling championships are Friday and Saturday as hundreds of competitors converge on the Idaho Center in Nampa. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at area athletes and teams.