Colville 195-pounder Brock VanQuekelberg picked up a major decision.
Deer Park escapes
with big dual win
To pull off an upset of second-ranked and five-time defending State 2A wrestling champion Deer Park last Thursday night, fourth-ranked Colville needed to stay off their backs and get a break or two. That didnâ€™t happen.
Colville, who buried Pullman in a dual match-up in the Palouse one night earlier, lost its first six matches, three of them by pin, and trailed 27-0 before Indiansâ€™ 152-pounder Ryley Smith decisioned Deer Parkâ€™s Jason Aebischer, 7-5.
Colville closed the gap, aided by a couple of forfeits, but it was too little too late and the Indians fell, 39-28.
One night earlier at Pullman, Colville eased past a weak Greyhoundsâ€™ team, 78-3.
â€śWe were ready for things to be a little slow starting for us against Deer Parkâ€¦thatâ€™s where they have a lot of strength,â€ť CHS head coach Randy Cloke said. â€śBut we were hoping we could stay off our backs.
â€śWe knew that between 113 and 145 we needed to win one. That would have done it.â€ť
Jesse Morrisonâ€™s loss via pin at 126 pounds was the pivotal match of the night, wrestled in front of a big house that packed the CHS gymnasium.
Even to the uninitiated and neophyte wrestling fan, Morrison looked to have his winâ€”and a pin. But Morrison didnâ€™t get the call at a pivotal point in the match.
â€śHe (Morrison) had a pin there,â€ť Cloke said. â€śHis opponent knew he did too (knew heâ€™d been pinned).â€™
Somebody forgot to inform the official.
â€śIt was very close. Weâ€™re not asking for a questionable call there, just the right call.â€ť
â€śJesse put him on his back and he just didnâ€™t get the call there. It was a huge momentum swingâ€¦I really didnâ€™t think we got any breaks with the officiating. But the kids wrestled hard and we did what we could do. Hats off to Deer Parkâ€”itâ€™s tough to beat the champion (five time defending state champion).â€ť
In other Great Northern League duals last week, East Valley stayed unbeaten with a 42-30 win over visiting West Valley. Deer Park downed Cheney 46-27 on Wednesday night.
Deer Park 39, Colville 28
113: Klauder (DP) p. Brandon Riley 1:16.
120: Burton (DP) d. Donough 4-2.
126: Konzal (DP) p. Morrison 3:10.
132: Harris (DP) d. B. Knight 6-0.
138: Miller (DP) d. Cox 2-0.
145: Grable (DP) p. Welton 5:26.
152: Ryley Smith (CHS) d. Aebischer 7-5.
160: Eicher (DP) p. T. Smith 1:57.
170: Hunter LeCaire (CHS) p. Boswell 2:30.
182: C. Knight (CHS) won by forfeit.
195: Vanquekelberg (CHS) md. Ayers 9-1.
220: Marshall (DP) p. Somers 2:30.
285: Keating (CHS) won by forfeit.
106: Alex Linn (CHS) d. Jorgensen 9-8.
Colville 78, Pullman 3
220: Somers (CHS) won by forfeit.
285: Keating (CHS) won by forfeit.
106: Linn (CHS) won by forfeit.
113: Riley (CHS) won by forfeit.
120: Donough (CHS) p. Cox 5:03.
126: Ward (CHS) p. Mayfield 1:28.
132: Stinson (CHS) p. Jacobson :16.
138: Knight (CHS) p. Pru :56.
145: Welton (CHS) p. Suarez 1:19.
152: Stanisewski (PHS) d. R. Smith 3-2.
160: T. Smith (CHS) p. K. Smith 3:07.
170: LeCaire (CHS) p. Toyoda 3:42.
182: Knight (CHS) won by forfeit.
195: Vanquekelberg (CHS) won by forfeit.
RIVER CITY DUALS
Colville finished fourth in the Gold Bracket of last Friday and Saturdayâ€™s River City Duals in Post Falls, Idaho.
Hermiston (Oregon) defeated defending champion Post Falls 38-35 to win the championship in the Gold Bracket at the 16th annual tournament at the PF Arena.
Lakeland (Idaho) beat Ephrata, Priest River and Lewis & Clark (Spokane) to win the Silver Bracket.
Gold Bracket: 1. Hermiston. 2. Post Falls. 3. Columbia. 4. Colville. 5. Nampa. 6. Capital. 7. Pasco. 8. Timberlake.
Silver Bracket: 1. Lakeland. 1. Lweis & Clark. 3. Connell. 4. Priest River. 5. West Valley. 6. Freeman. 7. Ephrata. 8. Shadle Park.
Bronze Bracket: 1. Medical Lake. 2. Kamiakin. 3. Sandpoint. 4. Bishop Kelly. 5. Gonzaga Prep. 6. Kellogg. 7. Moscow. 8. Pullman.
In the tournamentâ€™s unique team format, Colville beat Lakeland, 57-24, and Gonzaga Prep, 60-27, before downing Nampa (Idaho) 40-34 and losing to champion Hermiston 50-30 and Columbia (Idaho),53-15.
Colville will visit West Valley on Wednesday (7 p.m.) for a Great Northern League dual match-up with the Eagles.
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On Saturday, the Indians will be in the field of the Dream Duals at East Valley High School. The tournament is scheduled for a 9 a.m. start.