CHELAN – In the last league match before districts, the Tonasket wrestling team lost to Chelan, 46-27 on Thursday, Jan. 29.
At 160 pounds, Kevin Cruz won his match by decision, 9-0. Sophomore Keegan McCormick won his match at 171 pounds by a technical fault, 17-1. Senior Trey Jensen won by a pin at 135 pounds.
“The match with [McCormick] was the highlight because the other guy had a pretty good record and we were expecting a pretty close match,” Dave Mitchell, head coach, said. “[McCormick] just dominated him and beat him by a technical fault.”
On Friday, Feb. 6, the district tournament begins at Chelan High School. All Caribou Trail League schools will be in attendance. Districts start up again on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and finals begin at 6 p.m.
“The big thing now is to get ready for districts,” Mitchell said. “The top six qualify for regionals and we want to get our guys to qualify.”
On Thursday, Jan. 22, Tonasket wrestled at home against Okanogan, winning 35-30. At 140 pounds, sophomore Lee Leavell beat sophomore Jovan Lopez by a pin. At 152 pounds, sophomore Dustin Silverthorn won his match against sophomore Ethan Colbert by decision, 4-0. Senior Kevin Cruz won his last home match against sophomore Angel Niebla at 160 pounds by a technical fault. Junior Andrew Grillo won his match against sophomore D.J. Moses at 171 pounds by a pin.
Sophomore Keegan McCormick lost his match against junior Jed Mintzer at 189 pounds by a pin. At 215 pounds, sophomore Josh Lufthus lost his match by decision, 9-6, against sophomore Garren Brown. At 285 pounds, sophomore Brandon Hudson also lost his match by a pin against junior John Delap.
“They did just fine,” Dave Mitchell, head coach, said. “It was closer than I would have liked, but we did just fine.”
On Friday, Tonasket wrestled their make-up match against Cascade at Cashmere High School, winning, 16-0.
“Cascade only had four guys,” Mitchell said. “The final score was 16-0 because I didn’t take a bunch of forfeits and run up the score.”
At 135 pounds, sophomore Peter Williams won by a pin. Leavell won his match by decision, 14-6 at 140 pounds. At 152 pounds and 171 pounds, Silverthorn and Grillo both won their matches by a pin.
Tonasket also wrestled Cashmere on Friday night, losing 55-15. Mitchell said McCormick won his match at 171 pounds by a pin, Hudson won his match at 215 pounds by a pin and that Cruz won his match by decision, 6-0 at 160 pounds.