TACOMA - Tonasket High School’s wrestling team captured its third straight 1B/2B state championship Feb. 15-16 at the Tacoma Dome.
The Tigers brought home five champions while scoring 348 points, the most of any team of any size in the state at Mat Classic XXXI. The score broke the team’s state record (for all classes) set last year at 286.5.
Of the 21 Tonasket wrestlers at state, 18 scored team points in the class that included 47 teams.
For the first time since five classifications in state wrestling, all five team titles went to eastern Washington teams.
Other team crowns went to Chiawana (Class 4A), Mount Spokane (3A), Toppenish (2A) and Colville (1A).
(Western Washington’s Union won the girls’ team title.)
Lake Roosevelt finished a strong second in the B’s with no champions but five second-place finishers who helped amass 219 points.
Tonasket champions included Waylon Thomas at 106, Colin Silverthorn at 120, Dawson Bretz at 126, Garrett Wilson at 145 and Isaac Gomez at 195.
Thomas took a 6-4 decision over Colton Jackson of Lake Roosevelt in the finals.
Silverthorn won his title by pin over Ethan Hoggatt of Kalama.
Brett took a 5-0 decision over Ethan Hull of Reardan in the finals.
Wilson used a 4-1 decision over Rylan Anderson of Reardan for the win.
Gomez, who earlier this month was named 2B Wrestler of the Year in District 6, took a 5-3 decision in the championship over Johnny Franke of Darrington.
Also placing for the Tigers were 2, Lane Bolich at 113; 2, Carson Sasse at 182; 3, Waylon Wilson at 113; 3, Rielan Bretz at 132; 3, Austin Wood at 160; 5, Lazaro Soria at 106; 5, Israel Gomez at 120; 5, Carsen Walton at 145.
Also wrestling for Tonasket were Angel DePaz at 126, Alexis Garcia at 132, Kevin Sanabria and Scott Kuntz at 138, Austin Brock at 160, Ryden Zabreznik at 170, Julio Alatorre at 182, Jesus Najara at 220.
The Tigers’ lone girl at state, Cailee Denison, earned nine team points while going 3-2.
Taking second for the Raiders were Colton Jackson at 106, David Crowe at 132, Kaleb Horn at 138 and Tony Nichols at 152.
Others placing for Lake Roosevelt included 3, Steven Flowers at 195; 4, Trevor Johnson at 220; and 5, Terrance Saulque at 285.
Other Raiders at state included Dylin Armstrong at 113, Robert Thomas at 113, Everett Schmidt and Taylor Circle at 126, Dakota Seylor at 132; Tyler Palmer at 152, Dylan Wiles at 160, Kaiden Palmer at 160, Sergio Galicia at 170, Brandon Long at 170, Moses Luevano and Myka Boyd at 182, Connor Klinenberg at 195, Sherwin Vargas at 220 and Joseph Tynan at 285.
Lake Roosevelt’s lone girl, Ida Sue Dick at 140, went 0-2.
“We finished up a very good season with a second in state team finish,” Lake Roosevelt coach Steve Hood said. “Congratulations to Tonasket for their first-place finish. They have a very strong team.”
The Raiders also finished second in 2013 and were third in 2003 (behind Tonasket, which was second).
For Oroville, Colby Guzman was fourth at 170 and Seth Baugher was fifth at 152.
Others for the Hornets included Kolo Moser and Cody Field at 126, Selumiel Castrejon at 138, Darian Range and Jett McCoy at 145, Elijah Burnell at 170, Oscar Cervantes at 182 and Jose Cervantes at 285.
“Mat Classic 31 was a mess,” Oroville coach Chuck Ricevuto said. “Considering the late notice and having to switch to 32-man brackets, I am glad it was not me having to make things run smoothly.
“I really missed the big boards and am not a fan of checking monitors.”
On the girls’ side, Oroville was the lone area school to finish with a medal.
Taralynn Fox finished sixth at 120 and earned 17 team points.
“Tara wrestled well,” Ricevuto said. “After a second-round loss, she caught fire and started ripping through opponents until she reinjured her shoulder.
“This caused her to lose some zip and power where she had to settle for sixth place. It was a good tournament for ‘Blondie!’”
Fox won her opening match by a 9-6 decision before being pinned.
She fought through the consolation rounds, winning four straight bouts by pin.
Fox fell in the consolation semifinals by 9-4 decision, then fell by pin in the match for fifth and sixth places.
The combined Republic and Curlew wrestling team returned with two placers - Gunnar Hilderbrandt in third at 145 and Chad Doyen taking fifth at 132.
Hilderbrandt wore a white singlet in honor of his late father, Monte Hilderbrandt, that read 11.7.1973.
Others wrestling for the Tigers included David Phillips at 106, John Walker at 138 and and Dillion Bonner at 195.
Liberty Bell returned with all four of its wrestlers at state placing.
Cody White (22-13) led the way with a fourth place at 106.
Others included fifth place to Bodie Paul (29-7) at 160, and sixth place to Jedidiah McMillan (24-12) at 120 and Noah Holston 24-16) at 145.
Will Hahn at 285 finished fourth for Almira/Coulee-Hartline.
Others wrestling for the Warriors included Tristen Wood at 126, Wyatt Zielinski at 152, Kody Higgs at 160, Jed Sconce at 170, Patrick Ruff and Connor Higgs at 182.
Brewster wrestlers at state, who each earned seven team points, were Gabriel Garcia at 170 and Rodolfo Madrid at 182.
Pateros wrestlers included Ramiro Ambriz at 106 (7.5 team points), Joshua Smith at 152 and Anthony Medel at 170.
Inchelium’s Spencer Ferguson at 120 earned three team points.
1B/2B team scores: 1, Tonasket 348. 2, Lake Roosevelt 219. 12, Oroville 76. 14, Republic/Curlew 60. 16, Liberty Bell 56.5. 20, ACH 50. 32, Brewster 14. 37, Pateros 7.5. 43, Inchelium 3.
Okanogan, Omak claim titles
TACOMA – Okanogan’s Dalton Swayze won the 195-pound title and Omak’s Navarro Nanpuya won the 170-pound crown in the 1A class at Mat Classic XXXI on Feb. 15-16 at the Tacoma Dome.
Swayze, who earned 32 team points, won his first three matches by pin.
In the semifinal he took a 3-2 decision over Toretto Metzger-Magalei of Cascade Christian.
In the championship match, Swayze wrapped up a 37-4 season with a fall over Chelan’s Skyler Gordon.
Others for Okanogan at state included Trace Kleckner at 113, Richie Meyers at 120, Sterling Ritch (25-25) at 170, Julian Cates at 182, Ian Ellis at 195 and, at 220, James Smith (36-12) and Gabe Garcia.
Okanogan girls included Crystal Harrison (11-4) finishing with four team points at 190 and Allie Eastridge (25-9) at 170.
Nanpuya, who picked up 31 team points, pinned his first two foes before winning by technical fall (16-0) in the quarterfinals.
Nanpuya took a 5-2 decision over Wayne Baker of Castle Rock in the semifinals then walloped Jesus Ramos of Connell by technical fall (18-2) in the championship.
Others wrestling for Omak included Kayden Cate at 106, Anthony Cardona at 145 and, at 285, Dillion Anderson and Leighton Jensen.