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By Jaryd Cline
Sports Editor 

No medals for Gdale grapplers at state

Lembke and Read eliminated on first day of Mat C

 

Esther Read

URPLE POWER: Goldendale senior Mykhail Lembke escapes from the grasp of Connell's Jekoby Tuttle during Friday's Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome. Lembke pinned Tuttle early in the third round.

The lone four-year senior on this year's Goldendale High School wrestling team had aspirations of competing for a state title after dropping weight classes before the postseason.

He had wrestled the best competitor in his weight class once in each the last three weeks and seemed on the verge of a breakout entering the WIAA Mat Classic last weekend in the Tacoma Dome.

However, Timberwolves senior Cameron Read, after winning his opening match competing in the 195 pound class, dropped the next two matches and stunningly exited the Mat Classic without a medal.

"It wasn't like he was manhandled at all at state," Goldendale head coach Matt Dumolt said. "It just wasn't his best matches that he's wrestled all season."

Goldendale's other state competitor, senior Mykhail Lembke, also finished the tournament with a one win, two-loss performance in his first trip to state while competing in the 160 pound division.

The week before heading up to Tacoma, Dumolt said he worked with Lembke and wanted to change his mentality entering the Mat Classic to not just make state, which had been a season-long goal, but to win at state, and that's what happened in his second match against Connell's Jekoby Tuttle.

Lembke was pinned by Colville's Thailer Morrison 20 seconds into the second round in his first match, but bounced back in his second bout with a third-round pin of Tuttle.

"We did manage to change his mindset. All the sudden it was like 'Hey, I'm here. I want a medal.' So he was starting to think about medaling and what he can do and how high can he place," Dumolt said. "So he got that in his mind and went out and wrestled really tough against the kid.

"He dominated that Connell kid the entire match," Dumolt said. "He just kept going as hard as he could."

It was a good bounce back and a dominant match for Lembke after being pinned in his first match to Morrison, who entered the tournament as the No. 2 wrestler in the weight class and finished second.

"He wrestled him tough, but the Colville kid was a very tough wrestler," Dumolt said.

Read, on the other hand, went three full rounds with Chelan's Marco Arteaga in the first round and came out on top with an 8-6 decision. He led Arteaga from start to finish in the bout, and the first thing he said to Dumolt after the match was how strong his opponent was. Arteaga might have been stronger, but Read's superior stamina and conditioning was the deciding factor in the match.

"He started out a little slow, but picked it up and pulled the match out, so that was good," Dumolt said.

Read then engaged with Mike Garrison, of King's Way Christian in Vancouver, for a very close match which also went the distance. However, Read fell 7-3 and was sent into the loser's bracket.

Read trailed 3-2 early in the third round before taking a shot and trying to record some points against Garrison. However, Garrison was able to counter Read's move and turned it into a takedown of his own for a 5-2 lead.

Read escaped to narrow his deficit to 5-3 and with about 30 seconds left, missed on another takedown opportunity and Garrison escaped with the win.

"He had to really scramble and take some chances and that's where it got (Read)," Dumolt said.

With time running down and trailing, Read needed to make something happen or else Garrison would've ran the clock out on him. He tried to make the best of the opportunities he had, but with limited time remaining, you don't have many great chances and have to take what you get.

"If you're standing around waiting for that good shot and don't get one, you're still going to lose," Dumolt said.

Both wrestlers fell in their third and final matches on Friday and were eliminated.

Read faced Devin Roberts, from South Central Athletic Conference East rival River View and fell 11-0.

"The score wasn't exactly indicative of what the match was," Dumolt said.

Roberts scored six points off early takedowns of Read, but the Goldendale senior started to become more familiar with his opponent's wrestling style as the match went on. However, the clock was working against him much like his second bout.

"It got to the point where he figured the guy out, how to wrestle him," Dumolt said, "but he was down by so much he had to take a bunch of chances toward the end.

"And sometimes that can work for you and it can work against you," he added.

This time it worked against him and Read was sent home earlier than anyone expected.

It was also a strange coincidence that Read and Lembke were wrestling in their third matches at the same time. Dumolt said he tried to watch Lembke's match while Read's was going on, but it was tough with 24 different matches going on at the same time.

Lembke met Riverside's Sammy Desroches in his third match and wrestled at a very quick tempo against the freshman, but Desroches was too tough and finished with an 8-0 decision over Lembke. Desroches went on to finish fourth in the 160 pound class.

Granger's Juan Zamora, who Read fell to in each of the last three weeks before state, took the 195 pound title while Granger took the team title with 198 team points, holding off Colville who finished second with 185.5 points. Three other Spartans won individual state titles and the 198 team points is the second-highest state score in Valley history.

It was a down year for the Timberwolves, but many of the younger wrestlers made big strides throughout the season. Despite neither wrestler medaling at the Mat Classic, Dumolt was still pleased with the showing at state.

Esther Read

SENIOR STALEMATE: Cameron Read tries to flip King's Way Christian senior Mike Garrison onto his back during their second round bout on Friday in Tacoma.

"The sportsmanship was great. The effort was great. What you want to have out of your Goldendale kids," Dumolt said. "It was awesome. It was just a great experience for the whole team."

Dumolt believes next season will somewhat mirror that of this season. The Wolves will once again be young and a little inexperienced, and also will be without a four-year wrestler.

"Normally we have just one kid who can lead through the state process," Dumolt said.

This season, Read was the guy. He was the only Timberwolf with state experience and was the team's lone four-year wrestler. However, Dumolt doesn't think it will be a problem to replace some of the leadership that the Timberwolves lost this season.

"I really do have confidence that the other kids are going to step up and lead the team," Dumolt said.

 

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