Vikings top Bulldogs in wrestling dual; Stebbins battles against Randles

(Photo by ERIC PLUMMER) Sandpoint senior Preston Bunty, pictured on top earlier in the season, secured a pin with 12 second left to win in a dual at Coeur d’Alene on Wednesday.

COEUR d’ALENE — Former practice partners squared off on Wednesday, with reigning two-time 4A state champion Casey Randles beating former teammate Owen Stebbins 18-8 in a major decision in the marquee match of the night, leading the 5A Vikings to a 43-30 win over Sandpoint in a wrestling dual Wednesday at Coeur d’Alene High School.

Randles, arguably the top wrestler in the state who has committed to wrestle at Wyoming, transfered with his dad Mike Randles, the longtime Bulldog wrestling coach who took a job as Vice Principal at Coeur d’Alene High School.

Preston Bunty secured a pin with 12 seconds left to post a big win for the Bulldogs at 152 pounds, while Mason Bangeman (120), Tucker Hall (132), Scout Nash (138) and Andrew Webster (170) also notched quality wins over 5A opponents in the dual.

The Bulldogs are now 5-3 on the season on duals.

Hunter Schueller (106 pounds) and Ethan Lillis (160) won by pin for the Vikings, who won the first six matches for the big early lead.

The Bulldogs and Vikings will both be competing in the Northwest Classic on Friday and Saturday at University High in Spokane Valley.

COEUR d’ALENE 43, SANDPOINT 30

182 — Casey Randles, Cd’A, md. Owen Stebbins, 18-8. 195 — Hans Wichman, Cd’A, by forfeit. 220 — Alex Marshall, Cd’A, d. Zach Alamillo, 3-1. 285 — Logan Hendren, Cd’A, d. Calum Wilcox, 7-2. 98 — Dom Jessos, Cd’A, by forfeit. 106 — Hunter Schueller, Cd’A, p. Casey Olesen, 1:51. 113 — Austin Myers, Spt, by forfeit. 120 — Mason Bangeman, Spt, d. Sam Reese, 6-4. 126 — Garrett Ashby, Cd’A, d. David Crowe, 6-2. 132 — Tucker Hall, Spt, p. Mitchell Moffat, :48. 138 — Scout Nash, Spt, d. Payton Keough, 6-4. 145 — Max Peressini, Cd’A, by forfeit. 152 — Preston Bunty, Spt, p. Max Peressini, 5:48. 160 — Ethan Lilis, Cd’A, p. Isaiah Fleck, 2:16. 170 — Andrew Webster, Spt, p. David Valencia, 1:39.

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