TACOMA – The Tigers wrapped up their wrestling season with a trip to the Tacoma Dome last weekend, where they placed 22 of 48 1A teams.
“It went pretty good,” said head coach Dave Mitchell. “Not as good as we would’ve hoped, but still pretty good.”
Eight Tonasket wrestlers crossed the mountains Feb. 15 and 16. Nine originally qualified, but Andrew Grillo was ill and unable to attend.
“That was a real bummer,” Mitchell said. “Before we even got there we had a big disappointment. But he’s a sophomore, so he still has two more years he can go.”
Heavyweight wrestler and CTL wrestling MVP senior Josh Brazil placed fifth in his bracket in Tacoma. At 160 pounds, freshman Keegan McCormick placed sixth and at 152 pounds, senior Hayden Terrill placed eighth. Junior Trey Jensen and freshman Dustin Silverthorn each won a match in the 135 pound brackets.
“We had a lot more guys qualify this year then last for state,” Mitchell said. “That’s good. It’s real good, actually.”
The 20 wrestlers who turned out in Tonasket had a good season overall, Mitchell said.
“We had a very young team who came a long ways,” he said. “They got a lot better as the season went on.”
The nine state qualifiers was more this year then last.
“I want that trend to continue,” Mitchell said. “This is a good bunch of guys and I’m confident it will continue.”
With the season done, Mitchell is ready to prepare for next year and say goodbye to graduating seniors.
“It’s been a pleasure coaching these guys and the seniors we have. I’m going to miss those seniors,” he said. “But I’m really looking forward to the rest of the guys coming back next year.”
Graduating seniors are Jake Munsey, Hayden Terrill, Daniel Montano, Rafael and Tito Padilla and Josh Brazil.