Poor start torpedoes any chance of a Colville upset
Deer Park escapeswith big dual winTo 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 didn’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 Indians’ 152-pounder Ryley Smith decisioned Deer Park’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 Greyhounds’ team, 78-3.“We were ready for things to be a little slow starting for us against Deer Park…that’s where they have a lot of strength,” CHS head coach Randy Cloke said. “But we were hoping we could stay off our backs.“We knew that between 113 and 145 we needed to win one. That would have done it.”Jesse Morrison’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 win—and a pin. But Morrison didn’t get the call at a pivotal point in the match.“He (Morrison) had a pin there,” Cloke said. “His opponent knew he did too (knew he’d been pinned).’Somebody forgot to inform the official.“It was very close. We’re not asking for a questionable call there, just the right call.”“Jesse put him on his back and he just didn’t get the call there. It was a huge momentum swing…I really didn’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 Park—it’s tough to beat the champion (five time defending state champion).” ELSEWHEREIn 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 28113: 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 3220: 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 DUALSColville finished fourth in the Gold Bracket of last Friday and Saturday’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 tournament’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.THIS WEEKColville will visit West Valley on Wednesday (7 p.m.) for a Great Northern League dual match-up with the Eagles.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.