Tyler Vining top seed to sub-regional
Kettle Falls High wrestled at Republic High School in the Bulldogs’ final all-school match-up of the season last Saturday. The meet also served as seeding to the 2B sub-regional meet on Saturday at Lake Roosevelt High School.
Regional competition will be held at Kittitas High School Feb. 10-11.
The girl’s sub-regional, where Kettle’s Lindsey Olvera will be slotted at 106 pounds, will be held at East Valley High School in Spokane on Saturday. The girl’s sub-regional includes Class B through 4A.
KHFS head coach Joe Kerns said he was appreciative of the format at the last all-league match-up of the season.
“The league had agreed to have group settings so that each wrestler would have an opportunity to compete at weight during the regular season…so that seeding to the sub-regional could occur,” he explained.
The plan was also an opportunity to reduce travel expenses.
“It was good to see all the schools working together in this way,” Kerns said, adding that “the wrestling schools really try to help each other when they can. We appreciate the win-win situation that comes out of working together.”
Kerns said he is proud of his small group of wrestlers—on and off the mat.
“Our wrestlers have worked hard and have monitored their diets and maintained their grades,” Kerns said. “We don’t have as many people out as some teams do, so our kids wrestle where they are and typically take on all comers. We did see some teams moving people around in last moment preparations for State, so we had to wrestle a few extra matches.”
AT A GLANCE
106 pounds—Kettle’s Garrett Anderson lost by decision to his ranked opponent from Kittitas. He then “had a bad throw,” according to his coach and ended up getting pinned by his opponent from Lake Roosevelt.
Also at 106, Olvera “had an opportunity to shine in competition against female wrestlers,” Kerns said. Olvera pinned her opponent from Mary Walker High School (Springdale) and won by decision against her Lake Roosevelt opponent last Saturday.
132—Kyle Hyde lost match-ups to his opponents from Lake Roosevelt and Kittitas, “but had some good action at 132,” Kerns noted.
Jacob Walsh lost by decision to his Oroville opponent and pinned an opponent from Kittitas. He lost to a Republic wrestler.
At 152 pounds, Dan Kearney lost matches to Kittitas and Brewster wrestlers before pinning his opponent from Lake Roosevelt in a very competitive weight class.
Kerns said that Austin Anderson is coming off an injury “and got caught with his arm out of position on a shot” and ended up losing to his Liberty Bell opponent last Saturday at Republic.
“But Austin came right back with a win via pin over his opponent from Northwest Christian,” Kerns said. Anderson later dropped a decision to his Lake Roosevelt opponent.
Kettle Falls High 195-pound standout Tyler Vining went unopposed at Republic and heads to the Lake Roosevelt sub-regional as top seed.
“Nobody felt the need or inclination to see how they would do against him (at Republic),” Kerns added.
Vining is unbeaten in league.