Oroville wrestlers win 12 of 15

The Tigers' Kevin Aitcheson hung on against Brewster's Erik Gomez into the third period of his 152-lb. match with Brewter's Erik Gomez before being pinned.

The Tigers’ Kevin Aitcheson hung on against Brewster’s Erik Gomez into the third period of his 152-lb. match with Brewter’s Erik Gomez before being pinned.

EAST WENATCHEE – Oroville’s wrestling team competed in a rare Monday match at Eastmont on Jan. 23, winning 12 of their 15 matches on the night.

Highlighting the Hornets’ night was Nick Perez’s performance. Perez (145 pounds), who missed the first half of the season with a football injury, showed he is fully recovered with an 8-2 victory over Eastmont’s Ali Valdovinos, who last year was a state runner-up while at Pateros. Perez also pinned his other opponent.

Also winning two matches were Alex Kelly (one pin), Mike Lynch (two pins), Eddie Ocampo (138, pin and technical fall) and Eric Herrera (285, two pins). Michael Ripley (120) had a pin, and Corey Childers (145) had a pin while splitting his two matches, falling 6-5 in the final seconds of his first match.

Leo Curiel (126) went 0-2 in a pair of matches that coach Chuck Ricevuto said could have gone either way.

No team scores were kept.

The Hornets wrestle Eastmont again this Friday night in their final home match of the season, then travel to Republic for their league finals mixer on Saturday.

The district tournament is at Lake Roosevelt on Saturday, Feb. 4 for the boys, while the girls will head to East Valley (Spokane).

About Brent Baker

Brent, is a former reporter/photographer for the Gazette-Tribune and sometimes works as a freelance sports reporter for the G-T. 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 worked as a full time reporter/photographer at the G-T from 2011 - 2014).

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