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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Four Wolves place in Royal, district meet Saturday in Granger


January 31, 2018

John Longfellow

Goldendale sophomore TC Read gets dialed in for her bout during the Jan. 18 dual meet against Cle Elum.

Goldendale head wrestling coach Matt Dumolt and his family were busy Monday before practice preparing for the league meeting that same night in Granger.

Later that night, coaches from the six South Central Athletic Conference West wrestling teams created the brackets for Saturday's district tournament, which starts with weigh-ins at 8 a.m. and the first bouts at 10.

Granger athletic director Dave Pearson was still arranging the brackets on Tuesday, and said they should be available today or Thursday. They will be available to view on by clicking on events and searching for Goldendale.

Different from last year, the girls district tournament will be held in the same location as the boys. Last year, the boys wrestled in Zillah while the girls were in Hanford.

After the grind of the regular season, the Timberwolves have another week of what Dumolt called hardcore practices, starting with The Alpha competition on Tuesday.

The Grapplers were put through a series of vigorous workouts, such as how many sprints and stair laps they can complete in a set amount of time, and other tough weight workouts.

"It's a competition between all the wrestlers of who can be the fittest, strongest, and hardest worker in the group," Dumolt said.

This is the third year the competition has been taking place among the Goldendale grapplers, and is a good chance for them to prove how hard they've worked all season. 2017 Goldendale graduate Mykhail Lembke was the recipient of the award the first two years.

The Timberwolves had a very busy week prior to taking the mats on Monday in preparation for districts.

The team was in Cle Elum twice early last week for a pair of double duals against SCAC East schools. They finished the week at a tournament in Royal, where four of the seven Timberwolves came away with top four finishes.

Ivan Cazares came in third in the 113 pound bracket, Lucas Anderson finished fourth at 145, Brian Waddell was third at 145, and Dusty Dodge came away with the championship at 152 pounds.

Over the weekend while the boys were competing at a tournament in Royal, Hastings and Read were with assistant coach Nick Dumolt in Cle Elum for the Girls Mountain Madness Tournament where they combined for 29 team points, more than league schools Cle Elum and Naches among others.

Read took fifth place in the 120 pound bracket, and Hastings was third at 115. The girls also were at another competition last Tuesday at a mix and match in Granger. Read won her only bout and Hastings won both of hers.

Now, the Wolves have the postseason in the future, and are more than prepared. Matt and Nick Dumolt listed off all the tough tournaments they competed in this year to help get the kids ready to make a run at regionals and state.

"For the most part, districts will be easier than many of our tournaments," Matt Dumolt said. "Difference is, is that if you don't win, your season's over. There's a lot more at stake.

The top four finishers in each weight class advance to regionals, which is held Feb. 10 in Sultan. The fifth place wrestler will serve as an alternate, and could end up competing if another wrestler from the weight class gets hurt, misses weight, or just can't make it to the competition.


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