Five of seven Kettle wrestlers earn medals
These Kettle Falls High School wrestlers are headed to their respective regional wrestling tournaments Friday and Saturday. Lindsey Olvera (bottom middle) will compete at the Wahluke regional on Saturday. The KFHS boys will head to Kittitas for the 2B/1B regional. Back row, left to right: Kyle Hyde, Jacob Walsh, Tyler Vining, Austin Anderson and coach Joe Kerns. Front row: Dan Kearney, Lindsey Olvera and Garrett Anderson.
Regional next at Kittitas
Kettle Falls High will send its full compliment of wrestlers to the 2B/1B regional wrestling tournament at Kittitas High School Friday and Saturday. Wrestling will get underway at 3 p.m. on Friday and at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Five of Kettleâ€™s seven wrestlers earned medals at last Saturdayâ€™s 2B/1B sub-regional tournament at Lake Roosevelt High School.
â€śWe will send all of our wrestlers to the next level of competition,â€ť KFHS head coach Joe Kerns said. â€śFive of seven earned medals.â€ť
Kettleâ€™s lone female wrestler, Lindsey Olvera lost her first match at the girlâ€™s tournament (all classifications) at East Valley High School (Spokane) on Saturday, but wrestled through the consolation bracket to earn third place at 106 pounds. She will represent Kettle Falls at the 2B/1B girlâ€™s regional at Wahluke High School this weekend.
At Lake Roosevelt, Garrett Anderson wrestled at 112 pounds for the Bulldogs and earned a regional berth with a fourth place finish.
â€śGarrett scored a reversal at the end of the third period of the medal round and had his opponent on his back,â€ť Kerns said. â€śBut he did not have time to earn back points. It was a good finish for wrestling at a higher weight.â€ť
Kyle Hyde earned the right to be a regional alternate at 132 pounds.
â€śHe wrestled a brilliant match against a tough Brewster wrestler to earn the right to be an alternate,â€ť his coach said.
Jacob Walsh earned an alternateâ€™s spot by virtue of a 7-5 decision over his Lake Roosevelt opponent.
â€śJacob maintained excellent position in his matches, earning the respect of one of the top wrestlers in the tournament who couldnâ€™t turn Jacob because of the placement of his foot during the match,â€ť Kerns said. â€śThat caused the young man to stop and smile at what was happening.â€ť
Dan Kearney at 152 pounds was upset in his first match, but came back through the consolation bracket to wrestle into the third and fourth place medal match. There, he lost a tough match-up against his Liberty Bell opponent.
â€śThe 152 pound competition is very tough and we are glad to come out of it with a berth to regionals,â€ť Kerns said. â€śThere are some very good wrestlers who are staying home this season.â€ť
Vining takes second
Austin Anderson came off injured reserve status and moved up to 170 pounds. He wrestled to a fourth place medal and a berth to the Kittitas regional this weekend.
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Tyler Vining at 195 was able to advance to the championship round, but fell in the championship to his Pateros opponent and finished second.
â€śThe wrestling was high quality and the staff at Lake Roosevelt High School put on a great tournament,â€ť Kerns said. â€śSportsmanship was very good and so was the officiating.â€ť
At the Lake Roosevelt 2B/1B sub-regional, Kittitas won the team competition with 163.50 points. Liberty Bell was second with 151 points and Springdale was third with 139. Lake Roosevelt, 122.50; Selkirk, 111; Northwest Christian, 99; Brewster, 94; Oroville, 92; Paateros, 66.50; Republic, 54.50; and Kettle Falls, 50.
Warden won the girlâ€™s sub-regional in Spokane with 257.50 points.
The Kettle Falls wrestling program is selling vouchers for pizzas (two topping/large) at $10 apiece from Westside Pizza. The program is also selling t-shirts to raise money for equipment and camps, according to Kerns.
â€śIf anyone would like to get a shirt or a pizza, contact one of the Kettle Falls wrestlers,â€ť Kerns said. â€śWe are looking forward to going on to regional competition over at Kittitasâ€¦we want to thank everyone for their support this season.â€ť