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By Andrew Christiansen

Wolves pin loss on Wahluke, can't overcome forfeits against Royal


Andrew Christiansen

FUTILE: Jesse Call gets back points just before winning by pin over Wahluke's Saulo Lopez. It was the first of two first round pins for Call.

Goldendale defeated Wahluke 37-36 by virtue of tie-breaking criteria, out-pinning the Warriors 2-1 during wrestling action in Goldendale last week. It was the second double-dual wrestling meet of the year for the Timberwolves, who are now 3-1 in non-league meets.

Last week's match was the first of two double-duals to be held in Goldendale this year. The next will be Jan. 15 against Cle Elum-Roslyn and Granger. Goldendale is traveling with Zillah this year to double-duals. Last week, both teams took on Wahluke and Royal. Royal defeated Goldendale 40-27, the Timberwolves' only loss. Zillah defeated both teams and is 4-0.

The night started strong for Goldendale as Mark Briggs came from behind to pin Francisco Tapia with 51.6 seconds left in the third round. Briggs injured his leg in the second round of the match and Tapia agreed to a neutral starting position. Briggs took advantage of the break and took Tapia to the mat to tie the match at 10. Briggs made overtime unnecessary when he got the pin to put Goldendale up 6-0.

Next up was Jesse Call at 160 pounds. Call wasted no time with a quick take down and a first round pin with 41.8 seconds left.

The next three matches were forfeit wins for Goldendale's Bryce Wilkins, Demetrius McCoy and Zane Cully.

At 220, Cameron Read took on Reyes Ramirez. Read threw the Warrior wrestler, but couldn't stop the momentum and was rolled to his back and pinned in the first round.

The next five divisions, 113 through 138 were all forfeits, putting Wahluke up 36-30. The final match was Leroy Miller at 145 and Wahluke had nobody at that weight, so it was a 36-36 tie. Goldendale got the winning point on tie-breaking criteria.

The second meet against Royal also had a number of forfeits, but they all went to Royal, giving the Knights a 30-0 edge before any matches were wrestled. Call started the mat work with another pin, even quicker than his first. Wilkins followed with a quick take down and pin with 1:16 left in the first round.

McCoy had a tough battle, and was pinned by Darrin Miller in the third round.

Next up was Cully at 195 and he would pin his opponent just over one-minute into the first round.

Read defeated Hunter Follett in overtime and Miller pinned his man in round two.

Briggs wrestled the final match in an entertaining battle that kept the referee jumping to keep up. Briggs came on strong in the third but lost a major decision.

There were also exhibition matches with Nic Foss and Joseph Randle winning by pin and Daniel Wedgewood had a close match, but lost by pin when he came up short on a takedown in round two.


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