COULEE DAM The Rainier High School wrestling team used is superior depth to dominate the 14th annual Power House Wrestling Tournament Dec. 28, finishing first by nearly 60 points over host Lake Roosevelt.
The host Raiders finished with a tournament-high three champions – Jon Shelly (120), Kaleb Horn (138) and Tony Nichols (152).
Rainier finished with two champions, the same as third-place Wilbur-Creston-Keller.
But the Mountaineers finished with nine wrestlers in the top six compared to four for the Raiders.
Other area champions included Chad Doyen (126) from Republic-Curlew, Navarro Nanpuya (182) of Omak and Dalton Swayze (195) of Okanogan.
On the girls’ side, Lake Roosevelt’s Ida Sue Dick won the 140-pound girls’ bracket.
“Taralynn Fox kept her undefeated streak going with a perfect pin-win day and another gold medal to add to her collection,” Oroville coach Chuck Ricevuto said.
“‘Blondie is a sophomore who has been wrestling since early grade school,” Ricevuto said. “During grade school and junior high she never lost to a girl. Last year, she was 17-2 as a frosh, losing to the same girl twice. This year she is 6-0 with all pins and one technical fall.”
“Brigido Ocampo (145) had a perfect 4-0, gold-medal day in his B-bracket performance,” said Ricevuto, whose team could have moved up to third with a 10-point team win in the semifinals.
Zane Scott led the Hornets with a second at 182.
Team scores: 1, Rainier 154.5. 2, Lake Roosevelt 95.5. 3, Wilbur-Creston-Keller 95.43, Oroville 86. 5, Kittitas 75. 6, Republic-Curlew 65.5. 7, Warden 52. 8, Omak 49.5. 9, Okanogan 45. 10, Columbia-Burbank 37. 11, Almira/Coulee-Hartline 30. 12, Inchelium 18.
106 — 3, Spencer Ferguson, Inchelium (3-1). 6, Alec Fraser, R-C.
113/120 — 1, Jon Shelley, LR. 3, Cody Field, Orov. 5, McKade Peterson, Okan.
126 — 3, Chad Doyen, R-C.
132 — 3, Roger Castillo, Orov. 4, Will Clark, Okan. 5, Mike Lewis, Orov. 6, Nolan Haddenham, R-C.
138 — 1, Kaleb Horn, LR. 4, John Walker, R-C. 6, Gerry Castillo, Orov.
145 — 2, Gunnar Hilderbrandt, R-C. 5, Brady Harvey, Okanogan. 6, Darian Range, Oroville.
152 — 1, Tony Nichols, LR. 4, Deondre Ives, Omak. 5, Sergio Ocampo, Orov. 6, Damon Hoyt, R-C.
160 — 2, Donavan Abrahamson, Omak. 3, Yohnny Castillo, Orov. 4, Steven Lopez, Orov. 5, Tyler Haddenham, R-C.
182 — 1, Navarro Nanpuya, Omak. 2, Zane Scott, Orov. 5, Moses Luveno, LR.
195 — 1, Dalton Swayze, Okan. 2, Matt Zesiger, Okan. 3, Brandon Long, LR.
220 — 4, Connor Klingenberg, LR. 6, Sherwin Vargas, LR.
Tigers finish second
ROYAL CITY – The Tonasket High School wrestling team, minus some wrestlers because of the holidays, came up just short of taking the title at the Royal City Tournament on Dec. 27.
Moses Lake finished first with 180.5 points to 177.5 for Tonasket.
Castle Rock was third at 166.5.
“Us coaches are very proud of how these guys competed there,” Tonasket coach Cole Denison said. “We were missing quite a few guys for various reasons. To be competitive with some tough teams was a great accomplishment.
“Like always, we appreciate the support in the stands. Thanks for making the long drive down.”
Tigers taking firsts included Dawson Bretz, Garrett Wilson, Carsen Walton and Isaac Gomez.
Seconds went to Riley Vanatta and Colin Silverthorn.
Thirds went to Lane Bolich, Seth Baugher and Austin Wood.
Fifth went to Rielan Bretz.
“Austin Brock and Troy Wood also competed and won some matches,” Denison said.
RICHLAND – Tonasket sent its girls’ wrestling team to the Winter Cup Wrestling Tournament on Dec. 29 at Hanford High School.
That included Mandi Wilson, who is ranked No. 8 at 105 pounds by Washington Wrestling Report.