Othello wins 2A, DP comes up short
BY CHRIS COWBROUGH
S-E Sports Editor
Colville Highâs Chandler Knight (182) finished third at Friday and Saturdayâs XXV Mat Classic at the Tacoma Dome to help lead the Indians to a ninth place finish (52.5 points).
Teammate Trenton Welton finished fifth at 138 pounds and Colvilleâs 152-pound standout, Tanner Smith, capped a stellar high school career with a sixth place finish.
The Indiansâ Grady Nelson (132), Ian Cox (138) and Ryley Smith (152) did not place.
Regional champion Othello won the Class 2A championship with 133.5 points. Othello snapped perennial 2A power Deer Parkâs juggernaut toward a sixth-straight state championship. The Stags, who shared the Great Northern League dual meet championship with District champion Colville and East Valley, totaled 111 points to finish second.
Deer Park was seeking to become only the second school in state history to capture six straight state championships.
When it was all said and done, the Stags simply lacked enough depth to get the job done a sixth straight time.
DP wins two titles
Two Deer Park wrestlers won state championshipsâCole Harris (his second straight) at 132 pounds and Joe Grable at 145. Teammate Jake Konzal came up short in his title defense, dropping a 5-3 overtime decision at 126.
At 132 pounds, Nelson opened with a 10-4 decision over Josh Tucker of North Kitsap. Nelson fell to Trevor Kurtz of White River, 10-5, before falling to Tanner Zavala of Burlington Edison, 7-0.
At 138 pounds, Welton opened on Friday with a pin of Conner Veach of Klahowya (3:05). He followed that up with a pin of Luke Shell of Steilacoom before dropping a 7-2 decision to Maverick Reddaway of Fife. In the consolation bracket, Welton lost to Brent Evans of Toppenish 13-6 before downing Luke Shell of Steilacoom 11-4 for fifth place.
Also at 138, Ian Cox dropped his first Mat Classic match last Friday to Jake Velarde of North Kitsap, 6-3. Velarde went on to win the title at 138.
Cox was eliminated by Luke Shell,
At 152 pounds, Tanner Smith opened with a pin over Cordell Nelson of Clover Park (1:51). In the quarterfinals, Smith pinned Marcus Vanshur of Olympic (2:13) before losing by Major Decision to Kellen Pelzel of Centalia, 14-6. AJ Atoigue of Sumner pinned Smith (4:15) in the match-up for fifth and sixth.
Also at 152 pounds, Ryley Smith opened with a technical fall loss to Atoigue. He was eliminated by Nick Decker of Cedarcrest, 10-4.
Knight turned in a very solid Mat Classic in his senior campaign. The 182-pounder pinned Kyle Stallo of Squalicum (2:59) in the opening round before losing via pin (3:52) to Chris Skinner of White River. Knight bounced back for a pin over Kyzer Bailey of Centralia (1:16) before dispatching Ramsey Davis of Washington in a quick 35 seconds in his consolation semifinal. In the medal match-up for third and fourth, Knight won by injury default over Chris Skinner of White River.
Proud of his kids
CHS head coach Randy Cloke was proud of his wrestlers in a season that saw the Indians share a Great Northern League dual title and win a district championship.
âI was very proud of our kids,â Cloke said. âWe went through some adversity, but we battled.â
The future continues to be a bright one for the CHS wrestling program. The Indians lose seniors Hunter LeCaire (170), Knight and Tanner Smith.
âThose are three outstanding wrestlers,â Cloke said. âBut we have everyone else back and four legitimate ninth-graders coming in that can score points. Iâm excited.â
In a best case scenario, Cloke thought the Indians might be able to finish as high as fourth at Mat Classic XV.
But the odds of âbest caseâ scenarios playing out on a big stage arenât the always best.
âWe didnât have a lot of kidsâŠif everything went right and everybody wrestled well, maybe fourth,â Cloke said. âBut thatâs asking a lot.â
While Othello of the Central Washington Athletic Association was winning the 2A title, Granger captured the 1A Mat Classic championship and Liberty Bell won the 1B/2B title. The girlâs tournament winner was Warden.
Lake Stevens easily won the 4A title, while University edged second place Decatur for the 3A Mat Classic championship, 142.5 to 138.5.
1. Othello, 113.5. 2. Deer Park, 111. 3. Orting, 96.5. 4. Fife, 76. 5. Centralia, 72.5. 6. Toppenish, 63. 7. Cheney, 62.5. 8. Port Angeles, 57. 9. Colville, 52.5. 10. White River, 52. 11. Kingston, 47. 12. Sedro Wolley, 47. 13. Sumner, 43.5. 14. Wapato, 43.5. 15. East Valley (Yakima), 43. 16. Tumwater, 42. 17. Klahowya, 41. 18. West Valley (Spokane), 41. 19. Olympic, 39. 20. Selah, 39. 21. Cedarcrest, 33.6. 22. Steilacoom, 33. 23. Lynden, 32. 24. W.F. West, 31. 25. East Valley (Spokane), 31. 26. Ephrata, 30. 27. Burlington Edison, 28. 28. North Kitsap, 24.5. 29,Washougal, 23. 30. Bremerton, 18. 31. Black Hills, 18. 32. Archbishop Murphy, 18. 33. Lakewood, 17. 34. Mark Morris, 17. 35. North Mason, 13. 36. Washington, 12. 37. Foster, 12. 38. River Ridge, 12. 39. Clarkston, 7. 40. Sultan, 7. 41. Lindbergh, 7. 42. Grandview, 6. 43. Squalicum, 6. 44. Bellingham, 3. 45. Pullman, 3. 46. Clover Park, 3. 47. Renton, 3. 48. R.A. Long, 2.5. 49. Ridgefield, 2. 50. Granite Falls, 2. 51. Franklin Pierce, 2. 52. Sehome, 1. 53. Ellensburg, 0. 54. Anacortes, 0. 55. Sequim, 0. 56. Capital, 0. 7. Aberdeen, 0. 58. Hockinson, 0. 59. Tyee, 0. 60. Evergreen, 0. 61. Lake Washington, 0. 62. Sammaish, 0. 63. West Valley (Yakima), 0. 64. Prosser, 0.