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By Jaryd Cline

Balanced Wolves wrestlers open season at Davis Invitational in Yakima


Jaryd Cline

Goldendale assistant coach Braydon Ross, left, grapples with Goldendale senior Cameron Read during Monday's practice upstairs in the Goldendale High School gym.

There's been one constant for Goldendale wrestling for the majority of head coach Matt Dumolt's 13 years with the program.

In years past, Dumolt explained, the Timberwolves have been a top-heavy team, with many wrestlers weighing in at higher weight classes or at the heavyweight level (220 pounds and up).

This year the team is comprised of a mix of many wrestlers checking in at many different weight classes, something Dumolt hasn't seen at Goldendale since 2006.

"This year we're very well balanced," Dumolt said after Monday's practice in the Goldendale High School gym.

Dumolt said in years past that the Wolves would have four, sometimes five kids competing in the same weight class, which provides a challenge toward the end of the season as the kids compete in the district meet and potentially the state meet.

This year Dumolt won't have that problem as he and a weight-mixed pack of Wolves open the season Saturday at the Davis Invitational at 9 a.m. in Yakima.

The Davis Invitational is a 16-team meet with a double elimination tournament style. Teams from all classes in the valley will be competing.

Dumolt is looking forward to having many of his wrestlers compete in hard, physical matches at Davis early in the season which will be beneficial down the road.

"It's what you need to have in order to make it to the state finals," Dumolt said. "The more tough matches you can see, the better off you're going to be in the end."

The Davis Invitational is comprised of a varsity tournament, junior varsity tournament and a girl's tournament.

After losing seven seniors from last year's team, three of which wrestled at the Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome, this group of grapplers is relatively young and inexperienced.

Cameron Read returns as the only wrestler having competed for the team in each of his high school years, and headlines a group of five seniors this season. Read made the Mat Classic as well last season, but didn't place in the 220 pound class.

What many of Goldendale's young wrestlers lack in experience, they've been making up for it with courage and grit.

"I'm really impressed by the determination of everybody," Dumolt said. "We've got a bunch of new wrestlers and they're determined to stick it out with the experienced wrestlers."

"Their determination to be successful is awesome," he added.

Something Dumolt hasn't experienced in his tenure at Goldendale has been the amount of girls on this year's squad.

The Wolves have three girls this season, Jeeneeva Lawrence, Faith Hastings and Savannah Ross.

In previous years Goldendale has had female wrestlers, just never three in a single season. Goldendale girls also have been successful in the past. Sonja Grant took fifth place at the Mat Classic in 2011.


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