Two Timberwolves punch tickets to state
Read and Lembke advance to Mat Classic while Jagelski will serve as an alternate
After deciding to drop from the 220 pound class to 195, Goldendale senior Cameron Read knew he faced a road block to a potential state title in Granger’s Juan Zamora.
Since Read started wrestling at 195, which he described as another world compared to 220, he’s met Zamora three times in as many weeks. And although all three matches ended with Read getting pinned, he’s turned in better bouts each time they’ve met.
“In the first two matches, Zamora worked him over pretty good,” Goldendale head coach Matt Dumolt said, “and so we’ve been working with him in practice and his mind is ready and says he can beat him now.”
During Saturday’s WIAA Class 1A Region 2 Tournament at Highland High School, Read and Zamora each pinned their first two opponents before meeting in the finals of the 195 pound class, setting up another showdown between the two.
Although Zamora pinned Read milliseconds before the second round ended, Read put up a much better fight.
“This time, (Read) actually got a takedown on him,” Dumolt said. “He was scoring points on Zamora this match. He’s making progress. He’s getting better against him every time.
“He learns from his mistakes,” he added, “and he just gets better.”
Despite falling in the finals, Read punched his third straight ticket to the Mat Classic State Championships, which runs Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome.
Read, who finished second, also will have some company this weekend in Tacoma after senior Mykhail Lembke finished fourth in the 160 pound class, edging out senior teammate Michael Jagelski for a trip to state. The top four finishers in each weight class from the regional tournament all advance to state, with the fifth-place finisher serving as an alternate.
That was the case last week for Jagelski, who took fifth at the South Central Athletic Conference District meet in Zillah. He found out Tuesday that he would be competing in regionals after a Naches wrestler dropped out, and was ecstatic.
He entered Saturday’s tournament and had an immediate impact, pinning Meridian’s Manny Sabalza in 3:29. He dropped his next match to the 160 pound champion, Granger’s Robert Vasquez, before meeting Lembke for the second time in two weeks. He fell in a tough 12-9 decision to Lembke and then pinned Nooksack’s Gabe Diersing in 2:22 to finish as an alternate to state.
“Michael really stepped up his game,” Dumolt said. “Once he was in this tournament I think something clicked in his mind ‘Hey I can really do this,’ and he wrestled really tough the entire regional tournament.”
It’s not uncommon for two wrestlers form the same team to match up against each other in the postseason, and Dumolt remembers the Mat Classic in 2007 when two Timberwolves had to wrestle each other in the medaling round.
Lembke had to work his way out of the loser’s bracket after dropping his opening match to Diersing, a 12-10 decision.
He beat Jagelski, but fell in another tough decision in the third/fourth place match, falling 10-8 to Sabalza to finish fourth and advance to state.
Complete results from Saturday’s regional competition can be found by going to http://bit.ly/2lInglk and clicking on brackets.
Read matches up with Chelan’s Marco Arteaga in the first round of state in the 195 pound class, and Lembke faces Colville’s Thailer Morrison in the first round of the 160 pound class.
Complete brackets for the state meet can be found at wiaa.com/ardisplay.aspx?ID=1651.
Granger, the favorite to win the team state title this weekend, sends 14 wrestlers to the Mat Classic after accumulating 346 points. Sultan, the second place team, finished with 210.5.
This season was the first that the SCAC West and the Cascade Conference met in regionals. In the past, the SCAC East and West would face off in regionals but this year, WIAA realigned regionals across all levels of competition in the state.
1. Granger 346.0
2. Sultan 210.5
3. Zillah 135.0
4. Nooksack Valley 80.5
5. Cle Elum-Roselyn 73.0
6. Meridian 69.0
7. Highland 63.0
7. Mt. Baker 63.0
9. South Widbey 53.0
10. Naches Valley 51.5
11. Goldendale 42.0