The Colville High wrestling team annexed the Northeast A League championship last week with dual meet road wins over Lakeside and Riverside. The Indians are pictured here after their win over Riverside. Shelley Jones photo.
Indians down Lakeside,
Colville High shared the Northeast A League dual meet championship last winter with Lakeside and Riverside. This time around, there is no sharingâ€”the Indians have annexed the NEA championship over Lakeside and Riverside outright.
The Colville Road Warriors, who have seldom been home this winter on what seems like an extended road trip, annexed a league championship last week with a 48-31 win at Lakeside. The Indians, who went through the NEA unscathed this winter, followed that up one night later with a 39-29 dual match win at Riverside.
Colville will travel to Freeman High School (Rockford) for the District 7 Tournament on Saturday.
The District tournament seeding meeting was Monday night. CHS wrestling coach Randy Cloke said that annual exercise in patience and lobbying tenacity might be particularly interesting this time around.
â€śThat should be very interestingâ€¦maybe lots of wrestlers moving to different weights,â€ť Cloke said on Monday.
For the first time, Colville High will host the regional tournament on Feb. 11.
Despite what you have always heard about the concept of sharing, Cloke was pleased that his talented young team wonâ€™t have to share the league championship with anyone this time around.
â€śWe picked up two quality wins last week,â€ť Cloke said. â€śI was really proud of the kids for the way they battled and competed on back-to-back nights to win the league title outright.â€ť
After a tough win on Thursday at Nine Mile Falls over perennial Class 1A wrestling power Lakeside, the Indians ran up against a sold RHS program and officials who were determined to take control earlyâ€”very early.
â€śThe Riverside dual was very physical and referee controlled,â€ť Cloke said of his teamâ€™s visit to Chattaroy.
Cloke said that he experienced a first at Riverside. Prior to the match, both coaches were ushered into the coachâ€™s locker room and told in no uncertain terms that the officials were in a no tolerance kind of mood.
So much for killing the mood.
â€śFor the first time in my 30 years or so in and around wrestling, we were taken into the coachâ€™s room and given a pre-match lecture about how they were going to call the matchâ€¦that the athleteâ€™s season would end that night if anyone was unsportsmanlike.
â€śThey said they expected a tough, close match and that there would be zero tolerance for emotions.â€ť
The coaches were told to have their wrestlers ready to report immediately at the beginning of the next match, Cloke related, adding that he was told that Colville would be penalized if the Indians went through with their usual team send-out before each match â€śwhere we circle as a team and announce each wrestlerâ€™s last name.â€ť
As it turned out, the lecturing became a pivotal point in a closely contested match. For the first time all season, Colville won the coin toss (allows the team to choose even or odd matches to present their wrestler first).
The dual started at 195 pounds.
â€śWe made sure that Brock VanQuekelberg weighed in above 173 pounds so he could wrestle up, to avoid wrestling (Riverside) Tri-State champion, Dewey Bender (at 195),â€ť Cloke explained.
The Indians chose to forfeit to Bender and take their chances at 220 pounds with VanQuekelberg.
As instructed, VanQuekelberg immediately reported to the table after Bender took the forfeit. Suddenly, Riverside was scrambling because the Ramâ€™s coaching staff figured the Indians had forfeits in the upper two weights.
Taking a little too much for granted
That has been Colville status quo all season long.
â€śWe usually do have forfeits in the upper two weights,â€ť Cloke said. â€śBut we weighed Brock (VanQuekelberg) over 173. Thus, by rule, that made him a 195 pounder and allowed him to wrestle 195 or 220.â€ť
Given the hurried nature of the match and the protocolâ€™s match officials established early-on, Riverside sent Lee out at 220, but the Riverside wrestler wasnâ€™t eligible to wrestle at that weight.
â€śHe didnâ€™t weigh at the proper weight class to be eligible for 220,â€ť Cloke said. â€śHe could only compete at 172 or 195â€¦the match was stopped and he was disqualified.â€ť
The win went to VanQuekelberg and the Indians picked up important points.
â€śThat was huge,â€ť Cloke added. â€śAnd, of course, it didnâ€™t sit well with the Riverside crowd.â€ť
The Riverside match-up was a back-and-forth affair. One of the keys for the Indians was Benny Knight (113 pounds). His third round takedown turned the tide and was key in a 4-2 win over Calder.
Another big win for CHS came at 160 pounds. Julio Valencia, this weekâ€™s Colville Benchwarmerâ€™s CHS Athlete of the Week, decisioned Riversideâ€™s Crabtree, 14-9.
â€śJulio was able to put him on his back late in the third round (five points) to win,â€ť Cloke said.
Colville 48, Lakeside 31
170: Chandler Knight (Co.) p. J. Judd, 5:28.
182: Hunter LeCaire (Co.) p. King, 2:07.
195: Hausen (La.) p. Vanquekelberg, 1:20.
220: Pettet (La.) won by forfeit.
185: Dring (La.) won by forfeit.
106: Tyler Ward (Co.) p. Lubbin, 1:28.
113: Ben Knight (Co.) p. Ulland, 1:49.
120: H. Judd (La.) d. Jessie Morrison, 9-2.
126: Skyler Donner (Co.) p. Lauderdale, 2:21.
132: Brown (La.) md. Josh Hamilton, 17-6.
138: Trenton Welton (Co.) p. Chase, 2:54.
145: Tanner Smith (Co.) p. Yates, :53.
152: Julio Valencia (Co.) p. Martin, 3:52.
160: Fuson (La.) p. Nate Blanchard, 4:51.
Colville 39, Riverside 29
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195: Bender (RHS) won by forfeit.
220: VanQuekelberg (Co.) won by forfeit.
285: Peterson (RHS) won by forfeit.
106: Ward (Co.) won by forfeit.
113: B. Knight (Co.) d. Calder, 4-2.
120: Love (RHS) md. Morrison, 12-3.
126: Kit Major (RHS) p. Donner, 5:22.
132: Hamilton (Co.) d. Weatherall, 10-8.
138: Welton (Co.) p. Stirton, 1:53.
145: Smith (Co.) p. Proctor, 1:34.
152: Conley (RHS) d. Blanchard, 11-1.
160: Valencia (Co.) d. Crabtree, 12-8.
170â€”Knight (Co.) p. Davis, 1:13..
182: Conklin (RHS) d. LeCaire, 6-3.