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By Andrew Christiansen
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Senior night out for Goldendale grapplers

 

Andrew Christiansen

SENIOR POWER: Goldendale’s senior wrestlers are putting up epic numbers for a perennially good squad. The weather derailed their senior day match in front of the home crowd, but didn’t kill their spirit. Pictured, front (l-r) are Braydon Ross and Kirk Giese; back (l-r) are: assistant coach Matt Dumolt, Zach Shattuck, Kurt Wilkins, Nolin Bare and head coach Omar Flores.

The Goldendale wrestling program took the biggest hit from weather cancelations, losing their scheduled home, double dual meet which was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 19. The rescheduling, which involved four schools (Goldendale, Highland, Cle Elum-Roslyn and Naches Valley) was particularly difficult because it also involved scheduling two referees and had to be woven into the rescheduling of basketball games. The net result was that the match was moved to Jan. 24 and was held at Highland. It also became a triple meet for the Timberwolves as Thursday’s Naches Valley meet was added onto the Jan. 24 meet.

The loss of the home meet meant that Goldendale’s senior night was canceled. With only two home matches every other year, the team has few opportunities to honor their senior wrestlers. It also means that the team also lost the revenue that normally comes at the gate and helps support wrestling.

To compound the problem, making up the match on the second day back to school put the wrestlers at a disadvantage against others who may have been able to practice and compete during the past week. Goldendale wrestlers were last on the mat Jan. 12, which is a long layoff for a sport where top competitors need to stay at the peak of conditioning as the season winds down.

The following are the 2011-12 seniors on the Goldendale wrestling squad, including their current season records through Jan. 12:

Nolin Bare - At 160 pounds, Bare is one of the top wrestlers in 1A. Bare is 20-2 on the year as he has bruised and battered opponents with his rough, compact style of wrestling. Bare skipped his freshman year of wrestling but placed seventh and fifth at State in his two years of varsity wrestling.

Kirk Giese - Giese has wrestled in the lower weight division as a four-year letterman. He is 8-2 on the year and finally settling into a division that fits his size. Giese has always had the skills and this year is one of the stronger wrestlers in his division at 120 pounds.

Braydon Ross - A four year letterman who has earned his way to State in his previous three years, Ross placed fourth in 2010. Injuries prevented Ross from competing in 2011, but he is healthy this year and has built up a record of 19-3, frequently against much larger competition. Ross has a good shot at State at 170 pounds and looks to improve on his fourth place finish.

Zack Shattuck - Shattuck is in his first full year as a high school wrestler, competing in junior varsity and varsity matches. Shattuck has taken on some tough, experienced wrestlers at 170 and 182 pounds and has more than held his own with a 4-9 record on the year. What Shattuck lacks in experience he makes up for in strength and a determined style of wrestling.

Kurt Wilkins - Wilkins like Ross, is a four year letterman who went to State his freshman and sophomore years. He was well on his way to becoming a top-seeded wrestler last year when a training injury sidelined him ahead of Regionals. Wilkins returns this year more aggressive than ever, rolling over opponents with quick pins. Wilkins is 16-2 on the season and set a Goldendale High School record for most career pins. Like Bare, Wilkins is one of the top ranked wrestlers in the State and will compete at 195 pounds.

The five seniors didn’t get their day in front of the crowd in the Goldendale Gym where Coach Omar Flores could sing their praises and they could be recognized with their parents. But their accomplishments and the great camaraderie they bring to the Goldendale Timberwolf team is no less appreciated by the school and community.

This group of seniors have more work to do and there will be much more to talk about over the next three weeks, perhaps with a State title or two to cap off great careers at Goldendale.

 

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