Enterprise High School wrestling saddled up for a ride over to the Padilla Invitational wrestling tournament in Parma, Idaho, over the weekend of Jan. 17-18.
Wrestling marvel, Trace Evans, had his usual successful exploits at 138 pounds. Evans took on all comers in four matches, winning three by technical fall and one by fall for the gold.
Although Evans was the only Outlaws wrestler to place, the heavyweight division saw some success with veteran Drew Widener clocking in with a win by fall over Tristan McMahill of Weiser and notched another win over by fall over Terry Edmondson of Middleton in consolation round four. Tyler Gray won a match by fall over Alex Aslanzadeh of Parma at 2:34 into the match.
Coach Court Fent said he was pleased with the team’s performance as a whole. He noted that he brought only four wrestlers to the meet due to illness and other issues. Among the highlights, he said Gray won his first match of the year after a long absence due to injury.
“It’s good to see him back in action,” Fent said. “I’m pleased with how he went about doing the things he’s capable of doing,” Fent said. “He wrestled well.”
Fent also praised the nearly invincible Evans. “Trace wrestled well, even though he wrestled a couple of kids who pushed him a little bit, which was good.” Fent said. “He caught himself in a couple of precarious situations, and he was able to maintain some focus and patience and worked himself out it, which is all he needs to carry himself into districts and hopefully on to state.”
The coach said the meet was a good experience for the wrestlers as a good portion of the 13 other teams were from larger schools.
The Outlaws next travel to Grant Union to wrestle on Friday, Jan. 24 and at New Plymouth, Idaho on Jan. 25.
“Every week, every tournament provides a wealth of experience for these kids,” he said. “We’re trying to move around a little bit and see different schools so we’re not competing against the same exact kids every time.”