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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Goldendale grapplers exceed expectations in first match in Yakima


December 6, 2017

John Longfellow

Lucas Anderson is shown in action during last year's home wrestling match on Jan. 26.

Goldendale wrestling head coach Matt Dumolt and the Goldendale grapplers knew last weekend's opening tournament was going to feature some of the stiffest competition they would see all season.

After all, the Davis Invitational featured 17 teams from across the state through all levels of classes, with Class 1A teams such as Goldendale, Naches, and Granger, along with a handful of Class 4A teams. West Valley, Davis, and Ephrata also were in attendance from the 4A ranks, all three ranked in the top 10 in the state among the 4A schools.

It was a 16 man, double elimination bracket for the boys, while the girls wrestled in a round robin format against the others in their weight class, whoever earns the most points earning the championship.

Goldendale had a pair of girls competing, sophomores TC Read and Faith Hastings, both finishing second place among their respective weight classes.

Hastings and Read, along with a third place showing from freshman Dusty Dodge and a fourth place showing from junior Brian Waddell, were the only Timberwolves to come away with medals on Saturday.

However, the 11 Goldendale wrestlers that were in Yakima on Saturday really came to wrestle, and really impressed Dumolt.

"The thing I can say about this tournament – we only placed four – but the team went in there and everyone exceeded what I thought they were going to do going in to it," Dumolt said.

"I always have preconceived notions of what's going to happen," he added. "I kind of have an idea, you know, watching the kids up on the floor and what they're doing in practice and everything. When they actually got out on the mat and put it out there (on Saturday), everybody, everybody exceeded what I thought they were going to do."

It wasn't easy for the 11 Goldendale wrestlers on Saturday, with many competing for the first time in their high school careers. Some of the grapplers took some lumps and only wrestled in the minimum two bouts before being eliminated from the tournament, but that didn't stop them from continuing to grind it out until the final whistle.

"But they didn't stop fighting," Dumolt said. "They went out and they took their shots and did what we had been practicing and it was just great."

For the girls, Hastings and Read both won their opening two bouts, both falling against their third opponents for 2-1 finishes on the afternoon and runner-up showings. Hastings competed in the 120 pound class while Read was in the 130 pound class. All of their wins came by way of the pin as well and Hastings got started by pinning her first competitor in less than 20 seconds.

Team scores: Toppenish 217.5, Sunnyside 119.5, Davis 104.5, Franklin Pierce 100, Eastmont 78.5, Pullman 77, Hanford 67.5, Ellensburg 62, Ephrata 60.5, East Valley 50.5, Granger 43.5, Goldendale 30.5, White Swan 9, Selah 5.

Up next

The Timberwolves have a pair of competitions this week.

First, they will be in Highland on Thursday for the first of their double dual matches, starting at 6 p.m.

Goldendale will be joined by Highland, Cle Elum and Naches as they get the early look at some of the conference opponents.

After Thursday, they head west for Saturday's White Salmon Tournament with first bouts starting at 10 a.m. It's an eight man bracket with 12 teams in attendance.


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