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Three in contention for state championships

February 22, 2013
After the first day of competition, three Badgers; Aaron Smith, Blaine Invernon and Carmen Krichbaum, are still in the running for state wrestling titles in the 3A State Championship, which concludes tomorrow in Pocatello. Here are the Badger results for day one:

At 98 pounds, Badger Aaron Smith defeated Briar Beard, Teton. 16-0. Att 113, Spencer Rimer, Buhl, pinned Jaeger Schnuerle at 3:01. Also falling by pin was Badger Chase Erickson, 120 pounds, to Kaden Bench, Snake River, at 3:06.

At 138, Blaine Invernon kept his hope of becoming a three-time state title holder, pinning Junior Gutierrez at 12 seconds. Parker Davis, fighting at 145, pinned Cameron Stone, Fruitland, at 3:27.

At 152, Josh Miller fell to Sugar-Salem's Nic Arnold, who got a pin at 1:56; Anthony Skeen pinned Zane Stephenson, Snake River, at 4:27 and Quinn Cummings pinned Jason Nelson, Teton, at 1:58.

At 195, Carman Krichbaum pinned Francisco Viveros, Kimberly at 1:08; at 220, William Gaspar moved ahead with a pin over Jorge Peratta, Filer, at 1:11; and at 285, Morris McAllister won a 1-0 decision over Bradyn Swanson, America Falls, and Jonathan Gaspar fell by pin to Jake Hoggan, Teton, at 3:48.

In the first consolation round, Jaeger Schneurle, making his first appearance at state, fell by pin to Jay Beard, Teton, at 1:32. Sophomore Chae Erickson also fell by pin to Gooding's Santos Gutierrez at 0:25.

Senior Josh Miller came back to win by an 11-8 decision over Caleb Rundle, Filer, as did junior Jon Gaspar, who won by pin over Andrew Saucedo, American Falls at 3:40.

In the championship quarterfinals, senior Aaron Smith moved ahead, earning a 4-2 decision over Zac Hallett, Kimberly; Blaine Invernon took out Bailey King, Fruitland, with a pin at 2:16.

Anthony Skeen fell to Nik Fagan, Fruitland, on a 6-0 decision; Quinn Cummings also fell in a 5-2 decision to Jovan Cornejo, Homedale.

Carmen Kirchbaum is still on the path to a state title, defeating Christion Ketchu, Fruitland, in a 6-3 decision, but Morris McAllister fell in a 3-2 decision to Hayden Herrick, Weiser.
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