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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Seven Wolves advance to regionals in hopes of advancing to Mat Classic


February 7, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Freshman Lucas Black grapples with Zillah's Tristan DeOchoa during a consolation bracket bout during Saturday's district tournament in Granger. Black is a regional alternate at 160 pounds.

Postseason wrestling is what the Goldendale grapplers have been grinding for all season long, and at Saturday's South Central Athletic Conference West District Tournament in Granger, six, and potentially a seventh Timberwolf kept their season alive and will continue wrestling for at minimum another week.

Ivan Cazares, Mason Conroy, Blane Waddell, Brian Waddell, Dusty Dodge, and Egan Lawyer all earned spots in Saturday's Region 2 Tournament, which gets underway at 10 a.m. in Sultan High School, while Lucas Black earned a spot as an alternate with a fifth place finish at 160 pounds.

Wrestlers who finished in the top four of their respective brackets on Saturday earned a trip to regionals, while the fifth place finisher serves as an alternate.

Dodge, a freshman, was the highest finishing Goldendale wrestler, finishing second in the 152 pound class. He advanced to the class finals with a pair of quick bouts, pinning teammate Nathen Priddy and Zillah's Neo Crossley in the first round. He met up with Granger's Diego Isiordia in the finals, but fell in a tough, controversial 6-2 decision that lasted the bouts entire six minutes.

After the freshman Priddy fell to Dodge in his first bout, he was knocked out of the double-elimination tournament after Highland's Juan Perez pinned him in the second round.

Cazares was Goldendale's lightest wrestler, competing in the 113 pound class where he finished third. It was a small bracket, with just four of the 16 spots filled. The freshman was pinned by Naches' Devon Gantt in his first bout, but bounced back with a pin of his own against Cle Elum's Tyler McCormick in the third round of the third/fourth place bout. Against McCormick, Cazares trailed in points 8-4 at the start of the third round, and went down 11-4 before pulling off a slick move that got him in good position, pinning both of McCormick's shoulders to the mat seconds later.

The Timberwolves didn't have a grappler at 120 pounds, but had a pair of freshmen at 126 who both advanced to regionals. Conroy took third in the class, and Blane Waddell finished fourth. The two teammates matched up against each other in their first bout, and Conroy came away with a 19-12 decision that sent him to the semifinals against Zillah's Joel Coronel, who pinned Conroy in the first round and went on to win the 126 pound title.

Waddell pinned Highland's Emmanuel Silva late in the second round, and was trailing 5-2 in points when he finished off Silva with just 12.5 seconds remaining in the round. That win set up a rematch with Conroy in the third/fourth place bout, with Conroy finishing on top after a 16-6 decision.

Goldendale also had a pair competing at 132 pounds in sophomore Corbin Riley and freshman Dane O'Leary, but neither finished in the top-five of the bracket, which included 10 wrestlers. The two Timberwolves went up against each other in the first round with Riley getting the pin, but neither was able to pick up another win before being eliminated.

Junior Brian Waddell is making the trip to regionals after finishing as an alternate last year. He fell in a very evenly matched bout against Zillah's Eric De La Rosa in the third/fourth place bout in a 2-1 decision, but a little earlier pushed class champ Wade Koerner to the limit in a semifinal bout. Waddell fell behind and trailed Koerner (Zillah junior) 9-0 in the third round. But with the time running low in the third round, Waddell pulled off a nice move that got Koerner on his back, nearly getting the pin before time expired, giving Koerner a 9-6 decision. The Goldendale coaches agreed that they believed Waddell did get the pin late, but it all happened quickly and the ref wasn't quite in position at the time to get a good look. Depending on how the brackets unfold, the two could meet again at regionals for another exciting bout.

At 145, junior Lucas Anderson fell in his first two bouts to Zillah's Lane Damron and Edgar Rojas. He then matched up against Highland's Pete Williams in a fifth/sixth place bout for a chance to serve as an alternate, but was pinned late in the first round.

Black dropped both of his bouts at 160, falling to third-place finisher Quinton Rogers-Burgett in his first bout and to fourth-place finisher Tristan DeOchoa in his second. He won by forfeit in the fifth/sixth place bout, giving him an alternate position for regionals on Saturday.

Black was the only Timberwolf to finish fifth in Granger, and it isn't uncommon for an alternate to fill in if another wrestler gets hurt or misses weight. Just last year, then senior Michael Jagelski, who finished fifth at districts, replaced an injured wrestler and got to compete at regionals.

The Wolves didn't have many grapplers at the heavier weight classes, but at 182 pounds, Lawyer, a sophomore, was able to punch a ticket to regionals with a third-place finish. In a bracket with just four competitors, Lawyer fell in his first bout to Zillah's Fermin Martinez, but picked up a win in the third/fourth place bout against Zillah's Christophe Molina with a 20-6 decision.

Alexxy Flores would have advanced to regionals in the heavyweight (285) class, but an injury shortly before sidelined him for the tournament.

The Timberwolves finished fifth in the team standings with 121 total points. The rest of the league scores from last Saturday are as follows: Zillah with 469.5, Granger with 247, Naches with 184, Highland with 143.5, Goldendale with 121, Cle Elum with 54.5.


The South Girls Sub-Regional tournament also was at Granger, with 28 total teams from around the area competing. Sophomores Faith Hastings and TC Read were both set to compete, but Hastings was forced to miss the tourney after she missed weight by just three ounces.

Read was among one of 12 girls competing in the 120 pound bracket, but couldn't come away on top in two tough, closely-contested bouts.

In her first match against Toppenish's Raylene Sanchez-Lee, Read went down 2-0 in points early, but cut the deficit in half by picking up a point in the second round. The two wrestled to in a stalemate for most of the six minutes over the three rounds, but the sophomore first-year wrestler came up just short in the 3-1 decision after three rounds.

She matched up with Wapato's Sitlaly Marcias, Saturday's fifth place finisher with a season record of 25-10, in the second bout, but dropped a 7-1 decision. Marcias picked up her points against Read early, and was close to a pin late in the second round but Read held strong to avoid it and advance to the third. Neither wrestler was able to gain any ground over the two minutes of the third, and Read was eliminated.


After an SCAC West school hosted last year's regional tourney (Highland), the spot of this year's 1A Region 2 Boys Tournament was moved to Sultan, which competes in the Northwest Conference.

Last year was the first year the regional wrestling alignments were changed, as the SCAC West went to regionals against the five schools (South Whidbey, Sultan, Meridian, Mount Baker, and Nooksack Valley) with wrestling programs from the Northwest and Cascade Conferences.

The brackets for Saturday's tourney have yet to be set, but should be available later in the week. They can be viewed online at by clicking on events, clicking on search, and searching for Goldendale under the 'team name' category. Clicking on the 'WIAA 1A Region 2 Boys' option after searching will pull up information, schedules, and the brackets after they are posted.

Weigh-ins for Saturday are at 8 a.m., and the first bouts start at 10 a.m.

Sultan High School's Broadcast Club,, will be streaming regionals live on Saturday. They will have all three mats streaming at the same time with their commentators calling all the action the best they can. At the very least everyone can see all the matches in High Definition online.

Visit to watch live or on-demand later. Or, if you have a smart TV at home, search for on your YouTube app to watch live on the big screen.

The Alpha

Early in the week leading up to the district tournament, the Goldendale coaching staff held the third annual Alpha competition between the wrestlers for a little friendly competition. However, the rigorous drills and exercises the Wolves had to overcome weren't friendly at all.

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Junior Brian Waddell is locked in during his 138 pound bout against Zillah's Wade Koerner, who he nearly pinned late in the third round.

Corbin Riley was able to outgrind all his Timberwolf teammates, holding off Dusty Dodge and Lucas Anderson to earn the Alpha honor in the third year of its existence. Riley will join former Goldendale grappler Mykhail Lembke as the only recipients of the award in its three years, and will have his name etched on the back of the trophy before it will be placed in the cases in the lobby outside the GHS gym.

Coaches Matt and Nick Dumolt like the near end-of-season competition because it shows them who some of the hardest workers were all season long were both on the mats during competition and upstairs in the gym during practice. The kids were able to bow out when they couldn't grind anymore, and the last Wolf standing was the winner. The drills are as follows:

● 20 stair laps in 16 minutes

● Five sprint laps each in under 45 seconds

● 10 sprints each in under 11 seconds

● Body weight rows holding for one minute

● Weight class bench hold for one minute

● 10 stair laps in under nine minutes

● Wall military press hold for one minute

● Hold plank for as long as possible, last Wolf standing wins!


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