Five Tiger wrestlers win weight classes at Ephrata

EPHRATA – Tonasket’s wrestling team finished third at the Ephrata Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 14, in a meet won by the host school.
The Tigers racked up 174 points to Ephrata’s 218 and Moses Lake’s 183. Tonasket defeated Cashmere (129), West Valley-Spokane (123), Medical Lake (99), Grandview (55), Eastmont (47) and White Swan (7).

“It was a great team effort by all of our guys,” said Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell. “I was very pleased with how the whole team wrestled, and considering we were clear down in Ephrata we had a great crowd of supporters.”

Tonasket boasted five champions: Vance Frazier (106 pounds), Collin Aitcheson (120), Trevor Peterson (126), Jorge Juarez (132) and Frank Holfeltz (195).

Dyllan (Peaches) Walton (138) was the lone runner up while John Rawley (220) took third.

Fourth place finishers were Devin Walton (113), Rade Pilkinton (120) and Dallas Tyus (170), while Zach Lofthus (152) and Chad Edwards (285) won a match apiece.

In a separate JV tournament, Treven Nielsen, Austin Rimestad and Zion Butler went unbeaten, Caio Baumstein won twice and Wyatt Pershing and Ulukbek Breishekeev each won once.

The Tigers host their first home dual of the season Wednesday, Dec. 18. This weekend, seven Tonasket wrestlers travel to the Tri-State tournament in Couer d’Alene, ID, while the remainder compete at the Okanogan Invitational on Saturday.

Tonasket 59, Liberty Bell 18

WINTHROP – The match on Thursday, Dec. 12, wasn’t nearly as lopsided as the score as the Tigers racked up many of their points on forfeits. Tonasket and the defending state B champion Mountain Lions wrestled just six matches, splitting the six.

Winning for the Tigers were Dallas Tyus (170) and Chad Edwards (285), both by pin, and Frank Holfeltz (195), by 16-1 technical fall.

About Brent Baker

Brent is a reporter for the Gazette-Tribune. Prior to working at the G-T, he was the sports editor for Sunrise Publishing from 2000-2005 in Michigan. He subsequently owned and operated Buckland Media, a high school sports website, in Michigan until 2010. He and his wife Kim, who have an adult son, moved to Tonasket in 2010. Brent started work at the G-T in 2011.

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