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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Wrestlers compete in first home contest, more Timberwolves expected to become eligible after Christmas break


December 20, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale junior Brian Waddell works to break free of a Zillah wrestler's grasp during Thursday's double dual meet in Goldendale.

Everyone in Klickitat County knows all too well about last winter and the record-breaking snowfall the area received around this time last year. But none more than the Goldendale wrestlers, who had a handful of matches canceled before Christmas last year including one of their two home competitions.

That hasn't been the case so far this year. With very little snowfall in the area, no sporting events have been postponed or canceled due to weather.

Last Thursday, Goldendale's grapplers competed for the first time in front of the home fans, falling in a pair of matches against fellow South Central Athletic Conference schools Zillah and Granger, while Cle Elum also competed in the double dual meet. It was the second double dual meet for the Timberwolves this season, the first coming a week earlier in Highland.

The young and light Timberwolves had their ups and downs against the big Zillah squad and new-look Granger team, winning some bouts via forfeit while also surrendering some matches due to not having eligible wrestlers in each weight class.

The Timberwolves hit the mats against Zillah first, the No. 8 ranked Class 1A team in the state according to the Washington Wrestling Report (, and had some trouble against the much larger team.

The Leopards were able to strike for six pins against the Timberwolves while winning another five bouts via forfeit, recording 72 points to Goldendale's six.

Junior Corbin Riley, wrestling in the 138 pound class, picked up the lone points for the Timberwolves with his second-round pin of Zillah's David Soto, and he did it in come-from-behind fashion too.

He faced a 3-2 deficit after the two-minute first round and was brought to the ground and close to being pinned by Soto with less than a minute left in the second. But Riley didn't give in. He landed a big reversal that flipped Soto onto his back, and Riley, one of just four returning wrestlers from last season, held both of Soto's shoulders to the mat for the pin. He was trailing in points at 5-2 at the time of the pin, but that changed in a matter of seconds.

Goldendale sophomore TC Read also was able to pin her opponent last Thursday in the first match of the evening in an exhibition bout, but the points didn't carry over to the team total. Read was taken down in the waning seconds of the first down, giving her opponent a 2-1 point advantage after the first two-minutes. She emerged with a pin just over a minute later in the second round.

Read and Riley were the lone bout winners against the tough Leopards, but there were a handful of tough matches that went Zillah's way.

Junior Brian Waddell, wrestling at 152 pounds, grappled closely with Neo Crossley for three rounds before falling in a 9-4 decision to the junior from Zillah. Waddell was up on Crossley 3-2 after the opening round and tied at four entering the third round, but fell just short. Crossley is the No. 9 ranked wrestler among Class 1A competition in the 152 pound class.

Freshman Dusty Dodge, coming off a 152 pound title the weekend before during the White Salmon Tournament, came about as close to winning as you can during his 160-pound bout with Zillah's Quinton Rogers-Burgett.

Nearly pinned with around 40 seconds left in the first round, Dodge was able to escape. Down 5-0 after one round, the two wrestled to a stalemate in the second with Dodge down 6-0 in points entering the third round. Dodge just missed getting points for a takedown seconds after the second round concluded. He gained a point with an escape early in the third and pulled a nice move shortly after that had the Zillah wrestler on his back, but just missed the pin. The sequence earned him five points, but he still trailed by one. Dodge came close to another takedown late in the third, but just missed and fell 7-5.

106: Jesus Alejandre (Z) won by f. 113: Nathaniel Mendoza (Z) p. Ivan Cazares, 3:05. 120: Olyvia Smith (Z) p. Faith Hasting, 1:01. 126: Gustavo Cisneros (Z) p. Dane O' Leary, 0:57. 132: Joel Coronel (Z) p. Blane Waddell, 1:53. 138: Corbin Riley p. David Soto, 3:24. 145: Eric De La Rosa (Z) p. Lucas Anderson, 3:01. 152: Neo Crossley (Z) d. Brian Waddell, 9-4. 160: Quinton Rogers-Burgett (Z) d. Dusty Dodge, 7-5. 170: Tristan DeOchoa (Z) won by f. 182: Isaac Vargas (Z) won by f. 195: Jose Alejandre (Z) won by f. 220: Cristobal Alejandre (Z) won by f. 285: Wyatt Tynan (Z) p. Alexxy Flores, 1:11.

Goldendale vs. Granger

Last season, the Granger Spartans tore through the SCAC and the rest of the state, winning the Class 1A championship while also finishing with four individual championships and 12 medalists.

The Spartans look a little different this year though, losing many wrestlers from last year's team to graduation and transfers and are no longer the unstoppable force they were last season.

The Timberwolves competed against the Spartans for the first time this season during their second match of last Thursday's double dual, with the Spartans finishing with a 42-30 edge.

Each team picked up a few wins by forfeit, with the Timberwolves missing some of the heavy wrestlers while the Spartans couldn't fill out some of the lighter weight classes. Neither team could fill the 106 or 220 pound spots. Each team earned 18 points from three forfeits. Forfeits and pins are worth six points each, technical falls (15 point decision) are worth five points, major decisions (eight to 14 point decision) are worth four points, and regular decisions (seven points or fewer) are worth three team points.

The Timberwolves also earned six points with pins from sophomore Faith Hastings and Dodge.

106: No match. 113: Jeremiah Salcedo (Gr) p. Ivan Carares, :56. 120: Faith Hastings (Go) p. Omar Solis, 1:28. 126: Mason Conroy (Go) won by f. 132: Blane Waddell (Go) won by f. 138: Juan Arteaga (Gr) p. Corbin Riley, 1:33. 145: Juan Isiordia (Gr) p. Lucas Anderson, 1:38. 152: Brian Waddell (Go) won by f. 160: Dusty Dodge (Go) p. Jose Campos, 3:34. 170: Robert Berger (Gr) won by f. 182: Ramon Olivera (Gr) won by f. 195: Jorge Monreal (Gr) won by f. 220: No match. 285: Jose Mendoza (Gr) p. Alexxy Flores, :10.

Warden double dual

For the first time in Dumolt's coaching career at Goldendale, which has spanned 14 years, the Timberwolves were competing in Warden for a double dual meet along with Connell and Cle Elum.

Matching up against Connell, Riley, Blake Waddell, and O'Leary all pinned their opponents while Anderson won via major decision with his performance in the 145 pound class. The Eagles outscored Goldendale 41-34, although 18 of those points came by forfeit.

However, Goldendale won't be surrendering free points via forfeit for much longer. A handful of wrestlers have yet to get in their 12 practices to be eligible to compete, but when they do, Dumolt expects the team to be able to fill every weight class except one.

Jaryd Cline

TC Read is shown in action prior to pinning her opponent during Goldendale's home contest on Dec. 14.

Against the Warden Cougars, Conroy started off the competition with an exhibition win via a regular decision. TC Read also wrestled in an exhibition but fell in a 12-5 decision.

The Timberwolves opened up against Warden with back-to-back pins coming from Cazares and Hastings, and also got a decision win from Dodge at 160. Blane Waddell (132) and Riley (138) also earned six points each by forfeit.

Even though school's out for Christmas break, the Goldendale grapplers will continue to grind over the break with a heavy dose of conditioning to be ready for the second half of the season.

"We're the best conditioned team when we get out on the mat," Dumolt said. "We win matches because of our conditioning."

They return to action on Dec. 29 for a dual meet in Stevenson.


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