ROYAL CITY – The Tonasket High School boys’ wrestling team edged Ephrata, 206.5 to 191, to claim a rare team championship at the Royal Christmas Tournament on Dec. 28.
“A great tournament for the boys at the Royal City Christmas Invitational where 17 teams were represented,” Tonasket coach Cole Denison said. “We have been going to this tournament for 25 years and have only won as a team one other time, back in 2000.”
Winning individual titles for the Tigers (2B school) were Waylon Thomas at 106 pounds, Garret Wilson at 152 and Isaac Gomez at 182.
The closest match found Wilson (No. 1 ranked in the B’s at 152) taking a 4-3 decision over Thomas Perryman (No. 3 at 160) of Reardan in the finals at 152.
Thomas (No. 3 at 106) took a 10-1 major decision over Cory Perryman (No. 4 at 106) of Reardan at 106.
Bretz (No. 1 at 126) was to meet teammate Colin Silverthorn (No. 1 at 120) in the finals at 126.
Denison said 126 was loaded with four state finalists and a third-place state placer.
“They decided to not wrestle each other in the finals so we consider them as co-champs,” Denison said.
Gomez (No. 2 at 182) pinned Alejandro Llerenas of Kiona-Benton (No. 8 at 182 in 1A) at 182.
Tonasket’s Jose Cortez (132) and Austin Wood (160) finished second.
Others included Waylon Wilson third at 120, Lazaro Soria fourth at 113 and Jesus Najera sixth at 220.,
“This was a great team effort from all who went; almost everyone had at least one win and even though we could only have one scorer per weight, our non-scorers were preventing other teams from scoring. So everyone contributed to this awesome achievement. Also thank you to the supporters who came down to cheer us on.”
Team scoring 1, Tonasket 206.5. 2, Ephrata 191. 3, Castle Rock 173.5. 4, Reardan 151. 5, Medical Lake 101. 6, Moses Lake 100. 7, Royal 81.5. 8, Newport 73. 9, Riverside 67. 10, Warden 64.
White, Paul finish third
ROYAL CITY – Liberty Bell’s Cody White (106) and Bodie Paul (160) finished third at the Royal Christmas Tournament on Dec. 28.
Jed McMillan (120) was fourth and Noah Holston (160) went 2-2, just missing the consolation finals.
White (No. 5 at 106 in the B’s) fell by pin to Cory Perryman of Reardan (No. 4 at 106) in the semifinals then pinned Kayden Wilder of Cle Elum (1A) for third.
Paul was pinned by Wayne Baker of Castle Rock (No. 3 at 160 in 1A) in the semifinals before taking an 11-5 major decision over Allen Stewart of Kiona-Benton (No. 10 at 160 in 1A) for third.
McMillan (No. 3 at 120 in the Bs) pinned his first two foes before falling 16-0 in a technical fall to Caleb Lawson of Moses Lake in the semifinals.
Tonasket's Waylon Wilson (No. 2 at 120) pinned McMillan in the match for third and fourth places.
Holston lost his opening match 3-1 to Holden Haworth of Warden (No. 7 at 152 in 1A) at 160.
Holston stayed alive by pinning Brighton Roylance of Othello and taking a 16-3 major decision over Coleman Darvell of Castle Rock (No. 12 at 152 in 1A).
Holston fell in the consolation semifinals 2-1 to Jarod Pendell of Medical Lake.
Tonasket girls compete at Hanford
HANFORD – Missy Martinez finished fifth at the Winter Cup girls’ tournament Dec. 28 at Hanford High School.
Jamie Wilson and Yamilet Nunez each finished eighth.
Athena Rietveld and Savannah Bones each won two matches. Cailee Denison won a match.
The Tigers finished 24th (32 points) out of 37 teams.
“Our girls wrestled at a very tough tournament yesterday in Hanford,” Tonasket coach Cole Denison said on Facebook. “Some of our wrestlers ran into some returning state placers and competed well. We are very thankful that we have opportunities such as this tournament to see where we want to be and what we need to work on.
“This group has a great attitude about these experiences and are willing to put in the effort necessary to be competitive with the best.”
Omak, Okanogan compete in Winter Classic
ROCKFORD - Okanogan finished 11th (65 points) behind champion Dalton Swayze at 195 and Omak 16th (52 points) behind champion Navarro Nanpuya at 170 at the Freeman Winter Classic Dec. 29 at Freeman High School.
Swayze , 18-3 and ranked No. 1 at 195 in 1A, opened with a bye followed by three straight pins, including over Joey Allen of Colville (No. 12 at 195 in 1A) in the finals.
Also wrestling for the Bulldogs were James Smith (16-7) fifth at 285, and Brenden Warner (4-5) sixth at 145 and Matt Zesiger (2-5) sixth at 220.
Those not placing included Richie Myers at 120, RyLee Heath at 132, Sterling Ritch at 170 and Ian Ellis at 182.
Nanpuya (No. 1 at 170 in 1A) won his first three matches by pin then took a narrow 8-6 sudden victory over Gaje Caro of West Valley (2A) in the finals.
Also competing for the Pioneers were Kaden Cate (2-1) at 106, Raziel Buenaventura (1-2) at 113, CJ Arcasa (0-2) at 120, Matt Boyne (0-2) at 126, Rey Buenaventura (3-1) at 126, John Cardona (3-1) at 152 and Leighton Jensen (0-2) at 285.
Raiders power to team crown
COULEE DAM - Lake Roosevelt blasted to the top at its 16th annual PowerHouse Invitational wrestling tournament Dec. 28.
The Raiders, which are ranked No. 2 behind Tonasket in the latest state B poll, finished first with a commanding 169.50 points in the 12-team tournament.
Rainier was second with 97.5 points.
Lake Roosevelt champions included Colton Jackson at 113, David Crowe at 132, Tony Nichols at 152, Moses Luevano at 182 and Steven Flowers at 220.
Crowe won by forfeit over teammate Taylor Circle.
Luevano took an 11-8 decision over teammate Brandon Long in the 182 finals.
Flowers won by pin over teammate Sherwin Vargas for the title.
Going 3-0 in round robin competition were Kaleb Horn at 138 and Tyler Palmer at 152.
Oroville's Darian Range won the 145 title with a pin over Republic/Curlew's JJ Walker.
Omak's Navarro Nanpuya won the title at 170 with a bye and two pins.
The Pioneers’ Kaden Cate went 3-0 at 106 in round robin matches.
Team scores: 1, Lake Roosevelt 169.5. 2, Rainier 97.5. 3, Omak 76. 4, Republic/Curlew 67., 5, Wilbur-Creston-Keller 53. 6, Oroville 51. 7, Almira/Coulee-Hartline 47. 8, Brewster/Pateros 31.5. 9, Columbia (Burbank) 17. 10, Inchelium 15.5. 11, Kittitas 0.
106 - Round robin (RR): Kaden Cate, Omak, 3-0. Jason Ducey, Rainier, 2-1. Justice Serano, BP, 2-2.
113 - 1, Colton Jackson, LR. 2, Tucker Townsend, CLBK. 3, Ramero Ambriz, BP. 4, Drew Jackson, WCK.
120 - RR: Corvan Lasher, Rainier, 3-0. Robbie Thomas, LR, 2-1. Gabe Price, Rainier, 1-2.
126 - 1, Tyler Barlass, Rainier. 2, Spencer Ferguson, Inchelium. 3, Rey Buenaventura, Omak. 4, Kolo Moser, Orov.
132 - 1, David Crowe, LR. 2, Taylor Circle, LR. 3, Damon Jager, R/C. 4, Tristen Wood, ACH.
138 - RR: Kaleb Horn, LR, 3-0. Chad Doyen, R/C, 2-1. Dakotah Seylor, LR, 1-2. Brenden Hill, WCK, 0-3.
145 - 1, Darian Range, Orov. 2, JJ Walker, R/C. 3, Tony Marchand, LR. 4, Ira Reynolds, Rainier.
152 - 1, Tony Nichols, LR. 2, Wyatt Zielinski, ACH. 3, Gunnar Hilderbrandt, R/C. 4, Anthony Cardona, Omak.
152 - RR: Tyler Palmer, LR, 3-0. Nolan Haddenham, R/C, 2-1. Jeff McCoy, Orov., 1-2. David Brashear, CLBK, 0-3.
160 - 1, Brody Klein, Rainier. 2, Ray Strozyk, WCK. 3, Jon Atkins, WCK. 4, Dylan Wiles, LR.
170 - 1, Navarro Nanpuya, Omak. 2, Colby Guzman, Orov. 3, Elijah Burnell, Orov. 4, Julian Hambly, Rainier.
182 - 1, Moses Luevano, LR. 2, Brandon Long, LR. 3, Patrick Rueff, ACH. 4, Rodolfo Madrid, BP.
220 - 1, Steven Flowers, LR. 2, Sherwin Vargas, LR. 3, Trevon Johnson, LR. 4, Drew Critchett, Rainier.
285 - RR: Cole Rosman, WCK, 3-0. Will Hahn, ACH, 2-1. Leighton Jensen, Omak, 0-3.