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After two canceled meets, Goldendale wrestling faces Granger, Ki-Be and Wahluke in home double dual


Jaryd Cline

The referee is moments away from signaling a pin during junior Joseph Randall's bout at the Davis Invitational on Dec. 3 in Yakima.

After his kids matched up against some of the best wrestling competition in the state during the Davis Invitational on Dec. 3 in Yakima, Timberwolves head coach Matt Dumolt was excited to see how his team would respond at last week's double dual meet in Connell and at the White Salmon Invitational.

However, Dumolt had to wait a few more days to get another early-season look at his team after last Thursday's meet in Connell and Saturday's invitational in White Salmon were canceled due to snow.

After the 14-team Davis Invitational, the Timberwolves were slated to return to the mats last Thursday in Connell and last Saturday for the 10-team White Salmon Invitational but the weather had other plans. Both meets were canceled giving the Wolves a week off of wrestling aside from practice.

The Goldendale grapplers returned to action on Tuesday for a nonleague double dual meet at Columbia High School in White Salmon, but results were unavailable at press time.

While Dumolt was excited to see his team in action against some league competition in Connell last week, this week he wasn't pleased having to wrestle with an undermanned team. He said his team would be able to fill 10 or 11 of the 14 total spots in a dual meet, but with a few kids ineligible this week and a few kids injured, he said Goldendale might be able to fill six of the spots at Tuesday's meet and Thursday's home opening meet.

"Right there, if they've got all their guys," Dumolt explained, "we can win every match that we go up against and still lose the meet."

On Thursday, the Timberwolves play host to a South Central Athletic Conference double dual meet against Granger, Kiona-Benton and Wahluke. It's the home opening meet for the Timberwolves and just one of two home meets for the purple and gold. Goldendale closes its regular season with a dual meet against Granger at home on Jan. 27.

"I'm really excited to have a home meet this week, gives the kids a chance to come in and show off a little bit," Dumolt said.

He's expecting some tough matches against Granger and Ki-Be, but is definitely welcoming the competition.

The Spartans, which Dumolt described as one of the more "beastly" teams in the SCAC, are coming off a fifth place team showing at last year's Class 1A Mat Classic. The Ki-Be Bears finished 13th overall among Class 1A teams at last year's Mat Classic.


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