Wrestlers sixth at Tri-State tournament

Chris Rader
Special to the Statesman-Examiner

The Colville Indians wrestling team took sixth place in the 39th annual Tri-State wrestling tournament held last weekend at North Idaho College in Couer d’Alene, Idaho.
Sixty-nine teams competed in the tournament, and Colville’s score of 132 points was good enough for sixth place behind Mead, Wa. (183.5 points), Post Falls, Id. (177), Chiawana, Wa. (159), Mt. Spokane, Wa. (144), and Harve, Mt. (140.5). Other local teams competing were Deer Park (45 points, 31 place), Mary Walker (28, 41), Jenkins (22, 50), Lakeside (20.5, 54), Northwest Christian (14, 59), Freeman (9, 62), Riverside (8, 64), and Republic (4, 65).
Colville had three wrestlers finish on the podium: John Knight was champion at 182 pounds, defeating Mason Miethe of Mead, Trevor Morrison was champion at 160 pounds, defeating Tyler Morris of Post Falls, and Reuben Seeman finished in fourth place at 138 pounds. Colville brought along 15 wrestlers and 11 of them scored points for the Indians in the tournament.
“To have a Tri-State champion is amazing, but to have two champions with pins in the finals is unheard of,” Colville coach Randal Cloke said. “I was so proud of how well these two young men competed all weekend long but they stepped up their game in the finals to another level.”
Colville had four other wrestles lose out in the “blood” round. Falling a match short of placing were Tyvan Ricther at 106, Logan Hydron at 113, Tanner Goff at 170, and Ryder Goff at 220.
“As a coach, it is rewarding to see the fruits of their mental toughness and determination pay such prestigious rewards,” Cloke said. “Tri-State is a literal a ‘meat grinder’ of a tournament. It bodes well to anticipate the further successes of this outstand group of young men.”
Coming up for Colville is the Freeman Classic at Freeman High School in Rockford, Wash. Wrestling begins on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 9 a.m.