Tonasket wrestling finishes third in CTL

Ryker Marchand of Tonasket pinning Itzel Valera of Chelan in the 112 pound weight class on Friday, Jan. 29 during the Tiger’s final league match of the season. Photo by Emily Hanson

Ryker Marchand of Tonasket pinning Itzel Valera of Chelan in the 112 pound weight class on Friday, Jan. 29 during the Tiger’s final league match of the season. Photo by Emily Hanson

TONASKET – With a 45-28 home victory over Chelan on Friday, Jan. 29, the Tonasket wrestling team (5-2) finished their season third in the Caribou Trail League.

“We had another great crowd on hand last Friday night when Tonasket defeated Chelan,” Dave Mitchell, head coach, said. “That dual made our team league record 5-2 and the league standings are as follows: Cashmere, Omak, Tonasket, Lake Roosevelt, Chelan, Okanogan, Cascade and Brewster. Friday night was senior night where our two seniors, Andrew Grillo and Corey McCrarey and their parents were recognized for their contributions to the Tonasket Wrestling program.”

McCrarey won by forfeit at 189 pounds while Ryker Marchand at 112, Tyler Laurie at 130, Dustin Silverthorn at 152 and Grillo at 160 all won by pins. Lee Leavell at 145 pounds, Keegan McCormick at 171 pounds and Brandon Hudson at 215 pounds won by major decisions and Peter Williams won by decision at 140 pounds.

“It was a good match,” Grillo said. “I think the team did really well and won a lot of key matches. I think we can finish pretty high at districts.”

Beginning on Friday, Feb. 5 and continuing into Saturday, Feb. 6, the Tigers will be wrestling at the district tournament in Chelan. Mitchell said wrestling begins at 6 p.m. on Feb. 5 and at 10 a.m. on Feb. 6.

“The top six in each weight class qualify for the Regional wrestling tournament in Tonasket the following weekend,” he added. “At Regionals, the number six wrestler from District 6 will wrestle the number four wrestler from District 5 and the number 5 wrestler from District 6 will wrestle the number three wrestler from District 5 on Friday night to get into the Regional wrestling tournament on Saturday.”

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