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By Jaryd Cline
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Mix of young and old goldendale grapplers start Saturday in Yakima

 

November 28, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Brian Waddell locked in a bout with Zillah's Wade Koerner during last year's district tournament. Waddell is in his senior season and is still recovering from an injury and may be ready toward the end of the season.

Goldendale head wresting coach Matt Dumolt has had to go back to some of the basics with many of this year's Goldendale grapplers, with around half of the team being first-year high school wrestlers.

With a big freshman class and a couple transfers and new wrestlers, the coaching staff has had to go over stuff like how to weigh in ahead of Saturday's season-opening Davis Invitational in Yakima. With a couple weeks of tough practices in the bag, the group of around 20 wrestlers have impressed Dumolt with their progress and focus.

"They are catching on so quick. It's amazing," Dumolt said. "Everyone's paying attention and they're learning quick."

It's a good thing they've been getting up to speed, because their first competition, Saturday's Davis Invite, is one of the toughest events they will wrestle in all season, ever tougher than the state tournament, Dumolt said.

Goldendale has opened its season at the Davis Invitational for the last handful of years which features upwards of 20 teams of all classifications around the state including many Class 4A teams. Dumolt said the tournament will be even tougher this year, but that's what he wants for a season-opening competition.

"That would set the bar for what we need to shoot for," Dumolt said. "That's why I like to do that tournament."

The team features a good mix of upperclassmen and fresh faces to the program, but one of the seniors won't quite be ready to go this week but is hoping to return to the mats soon.

Brian Waddell, who just missed advancing to the state tournament last season, is on his way to getting back after a knee injury forced him to miss all of football season. Waddell was at the doctor's office Monday and he may be ready to go in early January.

"He's been working extremely hard on weights and the stair stepper. All the cardio the doctor allows," Dumolt said.

Joining Waddell on this year's senior class are Lucas Anderson, first-year grappler Jeremy Patton, and Denver Horn, who started school at Goldendale this year after transferring from Gresham.

Another experienced wrestler, junior Faith Hastings, hasn't been able to wrestle yet while still recovering from a head injury she suffered during soccer season. She may return at a later date. Corbin Riley joins Hastings as the only juniors on the team this season.

After the handful of upperclassmen, the rest of the Wolves are made up of a talented sophomore class and a big and hungry group of freshmen.

Mason Conroy, Blane Waddell, Blake Waddell, Ivan Cazares, and Nathen Priddy, are back as sophomores while Dusty Dodge may join the team at a later date. Last season, Dodge, Blane Waddell, and Conroy advanced to the Mat Classic state championships in Tacoma.

Freshmen Bryson Stevenson, a transfer from Spokane, Blaise Payne, Reece Holycross, Andrew Lund, Bryce Waddell, Jerrod Herseim, Patricia Linebeck, Mikey Kessinger, and James Hastings round out the rest of the Timberwolves.Goldendale head wresting coach Matt Dumolt has had to go back to some of the basics with many of this year's Goldendale grapplers, with around half of the team being first-year high school wrestlers.

With a big freshman class and a couple transfers and new wrestlers, the coaching staff has had to go over stuff like how to weigh in ahead of Saturday's season-opening Davis Invitational in Yakima. With a couple weeks of tough practices in the bag, the group of around 20 wrestlers have impressed Dumolt with their progress and focus.

"They are catching on so quick. It's amazing," Dumolt said. "Everyone's paying attention and they're learning quick."

It's a good thing they've been getting up to speed, because their first competition, Saturday's Davis Invite, is one of the toughest events they will wrestle in all season, ever tougher than the state tournament, Dumolt said.

Goldendale has opened its season at the Davis Invitational for the last handful of years which features upwards of 20 teams of all classifications around the state including many Class 4A teams. Dumolt said the tournament will be even tougher this year, but that's what he wants for a season-opening competition.

"That would set the bar for what we need to shoot for," Dumolt said. "That's why I like to do that tournament."

The team features a good mix of upperclassmen and fresh faces to the program, but one of the seniors won't quite be ready to go this week but is hoping to return to the mats soon.

Brian Waddell, who just missed advancing to the state tournament last season, is on his way to getting back after a knee injury forced him to miss all of football season. Waddell was at the doctor's office Monday and he may be ready to go in early January.

"He's been working extremely hard on weights and the stair stepper. All the cardio the doctor allows," Dumolt said.

Joining Waddell on this year's senior class are Lucas Anderson, first-year grappler Jeremy Patton, and Denver Horn, who started school at Goldendale this year after transferring from Gresham.

Jaryd Cline

Sophomore Ivan Cazares wrestles during last season's White Salmon Invitational.

Another experienced wrestler, junior Faith Hastings, hasn't been able to wrestle yet while still recovering from a head injury she suffered during soccer season. She may return at a later date. Corbin Riley joins Hastings as the only juniors on the team this season.

After the handful of upperclassmen, the rest of the Wolves are made up of a talented sophomore class and a big and hungry group of freshmen.

Mason Conroy, Blane Waddell, Blake Waddell, Ivan Cazares, and Nathen Priddy, are back as sophomores while Dusty Dodge may join the team at a later date. Last season, Dodge, Blane Waddell, and Conroy advanced to the Mat Classic state championships in Tacoma.

Freshmen Bryson Stevenson, a transfer from Spokane, Blaise Payne, Reece Holycross, Andrew Lund, Bryce Waddell, Jerrod Herseim, Patricia Linebeck, Mikey Kessinger, and James Hastings round out the rest of the Timberwolves.

 

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