By Jill Richardson
Kuna Melba News reporter
This past week brought four scheduled meets for Melba, Beauty and the Beast at Melba, Western Idaho Conference in New Plymouth, Ontario and Mac-Hi meet in Ontario and wrapping up with the Homedale Duals.
The week opener brought Emmett to Melba for the annual Beauty and the Beast competition.
Beauty and the Beast brings wrestlers and dancers together for one night of performance and celebration of senior night for both teams.
In a solid match-up of duals, Melba wrestlers won as a team by one point.
Melba won six of the nine matches but giving away 18 points for forfeit brought the team score to 25 to 30 just before the last match between 285 pound Riley Crossley, Melba, and Alexander Garcia, Emmett.
Crossley made the all-important pin earning the six points to take the lead and win the event.
“That was an exciting finish coming down to the heavy weights,” said Coach Ron Johnshoy.
Wednesday, Melba wrestlers traveled to New Plymouth for the WIC (Western Idaho Conference) dual meet tournament.
The tournament included McCall-Donnelly, Marsing, New Plymouth, Garden Valley and Melba.
Melba won all duals and were announced 2012-2013 Conference Champions.
Melba has shared this honor with another school in the past but this year is the first for Melba to win solo.
Melba started the night wrestling against New Plymouth and winning 45-42, all 42 New Plymouth points given in forfeit points.
“Biggest win in the dual was Freshman Levi Perry defeating senior and returning state placer, Dakota Stallions, by decision,” said Jack Richardson, Melba parent and wrestling supporter.
Melba then moved on to the dual against Marsing, winning that dual 41-27.
Melba forfeited four weight classes and lost only one match in a close score of 5-3.
Next dual of the tournament for Melba was McCall-Donnelly.
Melba forfeited five weight classes and McCall forfeited one.
Melba won all seven head-to-head matches to defeat McCall 42-30.
Melba also took four victories against Garden Valley in all four matches.
“This evening was a big boost to the team as they continue preparing for the big state finish on Feb. 22 and 23,” said Richardson. “These matches will also play an instrumental role in seeding for the district tournament on Feb. 16.”
Friday night moved the wrestlers to Ontario to complete against Ontario High and McLoughlin High.
Melba wrestled just four matches against Ontario, winning three of the four and winning team points with 45-33.
Melba won four of the seven matches against McLoughlin but lost the overall team points with 29-39, mainly due to forfeit points.
Melba did not make it to the final tournament in Homedale due to poor road conditions.
Melba loses nine seniors after this year and that brings this year’s “Dream Team” to an end.
“We are losing a lot of seniors this year and will require major rebuilding,” said Johnshoy. “We will change and adjust in the future.”