PORT TOWNSEND Omak High School’s wrestling team returned with four members having gone 4-1 at the Port Townsend Duals on Saturday.
Caleb Riggle at 160 pounds, Brandon Newman at 145, Danny Gomez at 132 and Will Hughes at 132 each went 4-1.
“No team scores were kept,” Omak coach Dewy Ives said.
Omak wrestled against Port Townsend, Montesano, Willapa Valley, Vashon Island and North Kitsap.
“Caleb had an outstanding day of wrestling,” Ives said of the senior. “He is moving well and won some impressive matches.
“Caleb competed at state last year and is looking very strong again this season.”
Newman, a sophomore, lost his first match before winning four straight, all with pins.
Gomez, a sophomore, competed in close matches, finding a way to win four of them.
Hughes, a junior, competed in two varsity and two junior varsity matches.
“Will looked good and did a great job of putting his moves together in some good matches,” Ives said.
Tyson Sundust, a freshman, went 3-2 at 126 pounds.
“Tyson made great improvement throughout the day,” Ives said. “His technique is getting better and better with each match. Tyson’s improved his record to 4-4 on the season.”
EPHRATA – The Tonasket wrestling team finished third at the Ephrata Invitational on Saturday.
“It was a great team effort by all of our guys,” Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell said. “We had an awesome following of Tonasket fans.”
Tonasket champions included Vance Frazier at 106, Collin Aitcheson at 120, Trevor Peterson at 126, Jorge Juarez at 132 and Frank Holfelz at 195.
Dyllan Walton was second at 138.
John Rawley was third at 220.
Taking fourth were Devin Walton at 113, Rade Pilkinton at 120 and Dallas Tyus at 170.
Zach Loftus at 152 and Chad Edwards at 285 each won a match.
Junior varsity matches were in a separate Ephrata gym.
Tonasket JV wrestlers Treven Neilson, Austin Rimestad and Zion Butler all went undefeated.
Caio Baumstein won two matches. Wyatt Pershing and Ulukbeck Beishokeev each won one match.
Tonasket will keep busy over the holidays.
Kettle Falls is at Tonasket for matches starting at 6 tonight, Wednesday.
The Tigers will send a select few to the Tri-State Tournament on Friday and Saturday at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
“The rest of the team will compete at 10 a.m. at the Okanogan Invitational on Saturday,” Mitchell said.
Other teams at the Okanogan tournament will include Brewster, Oroville and Pateros.
Ephrata Invitational team scores: 1, Ephrata 218. 2, Moses Lake 183. 3, Tonasket 174. 4, Cashmere 129. 5, West Valley (Spokane) 123. 6, Medical Lake 99. 7, Grandview 55. 8, Eastmont 47. 9, White Swan 7.
LIBERTY – Blake Phillips finished first at 170 pounds for the Republic/Curlew wrestling team at the Liberty Invitational on Saturday.
Phillips also took first at the Kettle Falls Invitational on Dec. 7.
Walker Baumbach was second at 152 (first at Kettle Falls) and Kolten Fanning was third at 285 (third at Kettle Falls).
Others competing included Tim Rasco at 118, Quintin Sebree at 138, James Reynolds at 145, and Wyatt Stoddard and Chance Wheaton at 160.
Cole Sailor was third at 182 at Kettle Falls.
COULEE DAM – Many of the region’s wrestling teams competed in a mix-and-match at Lake Roosevelt High School on Thursday.
“We had a good night of wrestling with most kids getting two matches,” Raider coach Steve Hood said. “We wrestled 61 matches.”
Teams competing included the Raiders along with Brewster, Oroville, Chelan, Wilbur-Creston-Keller and Pateros.
For Oroville, Jordan Smith (120) pinned both of his opponents.
Leo Curiel (138) pinned one opponent and “had a great battle with another, but ending up getting caught on his back,” Oroville coach Chuck Ricevuto said.
Freshman Casey Martin made his debut, after being in injury rehab.
Martin opened with a pin, followed by a convincing 14-8 decision, Ricevuto said.
Both of the Hornets 170-pounders, Charles Arrigoni and Ruben Renfro, registered pins in their only bouts.
Taylor Robinson kept his undefeated season going with two more pins.
“Taylor is currently ranked fourth in state,” Ricevuto said.
Other Oroville wrestlers battling hard were John Marquis (113), Diego Santana (138) and Stephon Robinson (145).
WINTHROP – Tonasket topped Liberty Bell, 59-18, in a non-league dual match Thursday.
“Unfortunately, there were many forfeits,” Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell said.
Of the six matches actually wrestled, the teams split.
Winning for Tonasket were Dallas Tyus at 170 and Chad Edwards at 285 by pin and Frank Holfelz at 195 with a technical fall (16-1).
Liberty Bell’s annual invitational planned for Friday was canceled at the start of the season, Mountain Lion coach Paul Schmekel said.
WINTHROP – Liberty Bell slipped past Okanogan in a non-league dual meet Dec. 10.
“We did a match-up of our wrestlers with some wrestling two times,” Okanogan coach Andy Knutson said. “We were able to match all the Liberty Bell wrestlers. Two of our wrestlers didn’t match up.”
Of the 16 matches wrestled, Liberty Bell won nine.
“It was great to get our young wrestlers experience in match competition,” Knutson said.