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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Three Goldendale grapplers medal in Castle Rock

 

January 10, 2018

John Longfellow

Faith Hastings works for the pin on her opponent during the Dec. 14 double dual meet in Goldendale.

It was only a matter of time before one of Goldendale wrestling competitions was canceled after many were last year.

The Timberwolves were set to head up to Cle Elum last Thursday for a double dual meet against Cle Elum, Columbia Burbank, and Connell, but freezing rain and slick roads forced the event to be canceled and not likely to be made up.

However, that wasn't Goldendale's only competition of the week. Head coach Matt Dumolt was excited to take the kids over to the west side of the state for the Castle Rock Tournament, once again matching up against some top competition.

Three Timberwolves placed in their respective weight classes in the double elimination tournament, wrestling for the first time since returning to school on Jan. 3.

Dumolt loves taking the kids to the tougher tournaments around the state, knowing many of the kids will take some bumps along the way. That's the best way to prepare for district, regionals, and state, Dumolt said, matching the kids up against bigger and better competition throughout the regular season rather than attend easy tournaments in which the kids roll through the competition.

But the Castle Rock Tournament was a little easier than it's been before, and the Wolves fared a little better than Dumolt expected.

"It wasn't as tough as it's been in years past," Dumolt said. "We did better than we thought we would."

It was a 19 team tournament with all sizes of schools, with freshman Dusty Dodge finishing third in the 152 pound class, junior Brian Waddell taking fourth in the 145 pound class, and freshman Ivan Cazares also finishing fourth in the 113 pound division.

It also was the first matches for some of the younger Timberwolves who just became eligible as well.

The Timberwolves have just one competition this week, a double dual in Kiona Benton along with Cle Elum and College Place. The double dual kicks off at 6 p.m.

After that, Goldendale hosts its last home meet of the season on Jan. 18 against Cle Elum. Although Dumolt was looking at the possibility of bringing another team in since the Warriors have just four grapplers.

 

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