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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

More wrestlers eligible as second half of season begins


January 3, 2018

John Longfellow

Freshman Ivan Cazares tangles with a Zillah wrestler during the home meet on Dec. 14.

Prior to the Christmas Break, Goldendale head wrestling coach Matt Dumolt was excited for a group of wrestlers to become eligible and join the team for the second half of the season.

The Timberwolves were losing multiple bouts to forfeit at each of their dual and double dual matches by not having kids in each of the 14 weight classes.

Now, after the break and a few more matches, four grapplers are closing in on taking the mat for the first time outside practice. Sophomores Tyler Telford and Eagan Lawyer, and freshmen Lucas Black and Nathen Priddy are set for their season debuts within the next week or so.

"We're starting to get a little bit bigger team," Dumolt said.

During a relatively quiet weekend in sports, the Goldendale grapplers were on the road grinding on Friday and Saturday, and returned to practice on Tuesday.

Friday the Wolves were in Stevenson for a dual tournament, matching up against Stevenson, White Salmon, Corbett, and Rochester. The Timberwolves had a total of four dual meets against each of the teams listed above.

Goldendale had seen wrestlers from White Salmon and Stevenson already this season, and Dumolt was impressed with the wrestlers from Rochester.

"That was a good matchup for us," Dumolt said. "They had some tough kids."

While the Timberwolves haven't been able to fill each weight class so far this year, they had two wrestlers weighing in at 145 on Friday, juniors Brian Waddell and Lucas Anderson, and one of the other teams had an open spot at 145. Instead of a forfeit, Anderson went and wrestled for the other team for the dual against Goldendale.

In the dual against Stevenson, Goldendale didn't have a wrestler at 106 pounds but Stevenson had two, and he wrestled for the Timberwolves and beat his teammate to earn points for Goldendale.

"We're trying to get matches for those guys and that's the biggest thing," Dumolt said.

Dumolt was pleased that every wrestler on his team was able to get in three or four matches on the day.

They weren't done on Friday though. The Timberwolves were back at it, boarding the bus early Saturday morning for a tough, double elimination tournament in Washougal, where most of the Goldendale wrestlers went two and out.

"It's a beastly tournament," Dumolt said. "Some really good kids."


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