he nationally ranked Kuna Kavemen wrestling team won the district 4A title by a margin of 72 points over defending champion Columbia last Friday evening at the district tournament held at Bishop Kelly high school. Attending mat-side was Boone Bartlome, Kuna’s injured football player, who had just returned from rehab in Denver the day before. Also in attendance to watch their son Michael were the Cook’s, who lost their son Daniel, a young up-and-coming wrestler in last December’s bus crash.
Kuna dominated the tournament with five individual champions and 19 state placers. In almost every weight class, Kuna had wrestlers in either the championship bout or the runner up bout. All Kuna wrestlers sported “4#2” written on their calves in support of Boone Bartlome, who’s football jersey number was number two.
Carson Wilcock (98) placed sixth. Brady Barroso (106) took second. Jacoby Peterson (113) won second. Casey Cobb (126) took home his third district championship. Hayden Guttu (126) placed fifth. Michael Cook (132) took home his fourth district championship. Kurtis Loftis (138) won district champion
beating Kuna’s McKail Kidd (138) who took second.
Jake Lords (145) took second in one of the longest matches of the night with triple overtime when he lost to Columbia’s Jarboe who has three previous state titles. Dusty Jones (145) took 4th place.
Tyler Jaramillo (152) took sixth. Levi Perry (160) took second. Cohlton Loftis (160) took fifth. Braydon Shell (170) took second. Jordan Nolan (182) won first. Cohlton Kesling (195) took third. Andrus Rodriquez (220) took the district runner up title. J.C. English (285) took home the first place trophy and Danny Kilpatrick (285) took home 4th.
On Friday and Saturday, the Kavemen attend the two-day state tournament at the Idaho Center where they hope to repeat the 2012 state championship they won at Holt Arena.
Kuna is currently seeded at the number one team to beat at state. They will be sending 16 wrestlers to compete. Individual state rankings include freshman Brady Barroso(106)–4th, senior Jacoby Peterson (113)–3rd, sophomore Coby Contreres (120)–11th, senior Casey Cobb (126) –1st, senior Michael Cook (132)–1st, sophomore Nathan Altamirano (132)–10th, senior Kurtis Loftis (138)–1st, junior Mikhail Kidd (138)–10th, junior Jake Lords (145)–3rd, sophomore Dusty Jones (145)–6th, junior Zack Valez (145)–10th, senior Tyler Jaramillo (152)–2nd, sophomore Levi Perry (160)–1st, senior Brayden Shell (170)–5th, senior Jordan Nolan (182)–1st, senior Cohlton Kesling (195)–2nd, junior Andres Rodriquez (220)–3rd, and senior J.C. English (285)–1st.