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 Kettleâs seven wrestlers earned medals at last Saturdayâs 2B/1B sub-regional tournament at Lake Roosevelt High School.
âWe will send all of our wrestlers to the next level of competition,â KFHS head coach Joe Kerns said. âFive of seven earned medals.â
Kettleâs lone female wrestler, Lindsey Olvera lost her first match at the girlâs 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 girlâs 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.
âGarrett scored a reversal at the end of the third period of the medal round and had his opponent on his back,â Kerns said. âBut he did not have time to earn back points. It was a good finish for wrestling at a higher weight.â
Kyle Hyde earned the right to be a regional alternate at 132 pounds.
âHe wrestled a brilliant match against a tough Brewster wrestler to earn the right to be an alternate,â his coach said.
Jacob Walsh earned an alternateâs spot by virtue of a 7-5 decision over his Lake Roosevelt opponent.
âJacob maintained excellent position in his matches, earning the respect of one of the top wrestlers in the tournament who couldnât turn Jacob because of the placement of his foot during the match,â Kerns said. âThat caused the young man to stop and smile at what was happening.â
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.
âThe 152 pound competition is very tough and we are glad to come out of it with a berth to regionals,â Kerns said. âThere are some very good wrestlers who are staying home this season.â
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.
Tyler Vining at 195 was able to advance to the championship round, but fell in the championship to his Pateros opponent and finished second.
âThe wrestling was high quality and the staff at Lake Roosevelt High School put on a great tournament,â Kerns said. âSportsmanship was very good and so was the officiating.â
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 girlâs 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.
âIf anyone would like to get a shirt or a pizza, contact one of the Kettle Falls wrestlers,â Kerns said. âWe are looking forward to going on to regional competition over at KittitasâŠwe want to thank everyone for their support this season.â