Five of seven Kettle wrestlers earn medals

Regional next at KittitasKettle 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 Kettle’s seven wrestlers earned medals at last Saturday’s 2B/1B sub-regional tournament at Lake Roosevelt High School.“We will send all of our wrestlers to the next level of competition,” KFHS head coach Joe Kerns said. “Five of seven earned medals.”Kettle’s lone female wrestler, Lindsey Olvera lost her first match at the girl’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 girl’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.Reversal“Garrett scored a reversal at the end of the third period of the medal round and had his opponent on his back,” Kerns said. “But he did not have time to earn back points. It was a good finish for wrestling at a higher weight.”Kyle Hyde earned the right to be a regional alternate at 132 pounds.“He wrestled a brilliant match against a tough Brewster wrestler to earn the right to be an alternate,” his coach said.Jacob Walsh earned an alternate’s spot by virtue of a 7-5 decision over his Lake Roosevelt opponent.“Jacob maintained excellent position in his matches, earning the respect of one of the top wrestlers in the tournament who couldn’t turn Jacob because of the placement of his foot during the match,” Kerns said. “That caused the young man to stop and smile at what was happening.”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. “The 152 pound competition is very tough and we are glad to come out of it with a berth to regionals,” Kerns said. “There are some very good wrestlers who are staying home this season.”Vining takes secondAustin 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.“The wrestling was high quality and the staff at Lake Roosevelt High School put on a great tournament,” Kerns said. “Sportsmanship was very good and so was the officiating.”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 girl’s sub-regional in Spokane with 257.50 points.FUND-RAISERThe 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.“If anyone would like to get a shirt or a pizza, contact one of the Kettle Falls wrestlers,” Kerns said. “We are looking forward to going on to regional competition over at Kittitas…we want to thank everyone for their support this season.”