Tiger wrestlers gear up for districts

The Tigers' Caleb Lofthus gets his Chelan opponent on his back at Saturday's dual meet.

The Tigers’ Caleb Lofthus gets his Chelan opponent on his back at Saturday’s dual meet.

TONASKET – The Tonasket wrestling team wrapped up its regular season with three Caribou Trail League dual meets last week as they geared up for post-season action that begins this Friday, Feb. 3.

The Tigers split a double dual at Cashmere on Wednesday, Jan. 25, losing 39-33 to Cashmere and defeating Cascade 56-24.

Chelan topped the Tigers on Senior Night in their final home meet on Saturday, 42-30.

“I wasn’t sure what to expect with this year’s young team as our season got started,” said Tonasket coach Dave Mitchell. “They have progressed well and wrestled tough. Had we not lost Austin Booker for the season, I believe we would have gone into our last dual meet with Chelan with both teams undefeated in league and I’m not sure we wouldn’t have beaten Chelan in the dual.

“This season has been an awesome accomplishment for this group of young studs.”

The season continues Friday at Omak as the two-day Class 1A District 6 tournament gets underway at 6:00 p.m. The tournament continues Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will advance to regionals at Colville on Saturday, Feb. 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

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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