By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Wolves whip Warriors in last home meet, have busy week ahead

 

January 24, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Nathan Priddy shoots for a takedown during a 152 pound bout against Cle Elum's Salvador Zamora last Thursday in Goldendale.

The Timberwolves were at home for their second home meet on Thursday against Cle Elum, who made the trip down with just five wrestlers. However, Dumolt and Cle Elum head coach Jim Briggs agreed to wrestle another dual exhibition meet against each other, 45 minutes after the beginning match started.

Instead of having just five total bouts for the scheduled dual meet, the extra exhibition allowed the Cle Elum wrestlers to each get in two matches while 10 Goldendale grapplers went to the mat once.

Goldendale easily won the dual, taking five bouts via forfeit while freshmen Blake Waddell (126), Dusty Dodge (152), and Ivan Cazares (113) combined for 17 team points with Waddell and Dodge getting pins and Cazares winning with a technical fall after he went up by 15 points in his bout.


Blane Waddell was on the purple and gold mat first for the Timberwolves, matching up with Cle Elum's India Briggs. The two wrestled pretty evenly for the first two rounds, with Briggs leading 4-0 late in the second. Waddell reversed Briggs onto her back, and was close to the pin before the two-minute round ended.

The two traded points and leads a few more times throughout the third, but Waddell avoided a near pin, and trailing 9-8, held both of Briggs' shoulders to the mat with 40 seconds left for the win.

Freshman Dane O'Leary faced a tough challenge in his 132 pound matchup with Warrior junior Joey Moen, falling behind 2-0 after a takedown, and getting pinned with 52 seconds left in round one. Moen is one of two Cle Elum wrestlers with state experience, and won a bout at last year's Mat Classic in Tacoma.

After the 132 bout, juniors Corbin Riley (138) and Brian Waddell (145) won by forfeit before freshman Dusty Dodge recorded a first-round pin of Cle Elum sophomore Salvador Zamora. Dodge cruised to the quick pin, and had an impressive move where he flipped Zamora over onto his back, pinning him shortly after.


Freshman Lucas Black was making his debut in front of the home fans after becoming eligible around Christmas break, but was matched up with senior Nick Fordham in the 170 pound bout. Fordham recently returned to the Warriors after recovering from a broken leg he suffered during football season, and finished seventh last year at the Mat Classic in the 152 pound class.

Black pushed Fordham into the second round, but the senior was too tough for the freshman, getting the pin with 39 seconds left in the round.

Although the two freshmen (O'Leary and Black) dropped their bouts, they were good measuring sticks against state-level competitors that should help show where they need to be down the road.

The match continued with Egan Lawyer winning by forfeit at 182, no matches at either 195, 220, or 106, and Alexxy Flores (forfeit) and Ivan Cazares (technical fall) also winning to add to the team's point total.

The first, official, double dual ended at 120 where TC Read won by forfeit.

After the last round of the first dual, the team introduced and thanked manager Cassandra Wedgewood as the only senior on the 2018 Goldendale grapplers. Wedgewood is in her third year as manager of the squad, and her brother, Daniel, used to wrestle on the team before graduating.

After a short wait, the second dual meet started with Riley falling to Moen in the first in a 138 pound bout, Nathan Priddy falling via pin after a close, three-round match to Zamora, and Blake Waddell falling to Fordham by technical fall.

Read then matched up with Tyler McCormic, wrestling three, very close and evenly matched rounds before the third round buzzer sounded with Read trailing by just one point at 6-5.

Mason Conroy rounded out the evening of wrestling with a winning decision against Briggs in a 126 pound bout. After a back-and-forth first round, Conroy took control in the second and led 13-5 going into the third. The two minutes ran out in the third with the freshman on top 17-5.


Up next

The Timberwolves were away in action on Tuesday, going up to Cle Elum for the double dual meet that originally was set for Jan. 4 but was postponed. Goldendale wrestled against Columbia Burbank and River View, but results weren't available at press time.

They go back up to Cle Elum again Thursday for another double dual, this time against Wahluke and Royal.

Their busy week continues over the weekend, where the Timberwolves board the bus 5 a.m. Saturday morning for an 18-20 or so team tournament in Royal.

The Timberwolves will travel a total of 814 miles in this week's three away events.

John Longfellow

The referee signals Alexxy Flores as the winner of the 285 pound class by forfeit during the opening dual meet vs. the Warriors last Thursday. The Timberwolves won the 120, 138, 145, 182, and 285 pound classes by forfeit.

 

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