Two meets for Goldendale wrestlers after tough opening tournament in Yakima
December 5, 2018
There wasn't much success in terms of winning matches for the Goldendale wrestlers during Saturday's Davis Invitational, the first tournament all year the Wolves competed in, but there was plenty of success for the grapplers in terms of picking up tough matches against what could be the best competition they face all season long.
Head wrestling coach Matt Dumolt knows that last weekend's event is one of those tournaments where many of his wrestlers will take some lumps and get worn down by stronger and more experienced grapplers, but that's why he likes to have the Davis Invite on the schedule at the beginning of every season.
The Wolves recorded just 17 team points which was 15th out of the 16 teams in attendance, but their team score is no way indicative of how they sit so far this season. Goldendale was just one of four Class 1A schools in attendance, joining fellow South Central Athletic Conference West schools Highland, Naches, and Granger. Also competing were wrestlers from traditionally powerhouse wrestling schools such as Hanford and Ephrata, along with other large schools from around the state. Toppenish also was competing, which is the No. 2 ranked Class 2A school in the state, according to the initial rankings posted by http://www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net.
None of the Goldendale wrestlers reached the finals or semis, but many of the 11 who made the trip up won at least one bout.
Many of the Timberwolves, said head coach Matt and assistant coach Nick Dumolt, are still in the process of dropping a weight class or two and wrestled in a heavier class on Saturday than they will throughout the rest of the season.
Bryce Waddell, wrestling at 120 pounds, won his first round match against Eastmont's German Jimenez, fell in his next match to drop into the loser's bracket, and then knocked off West Valley's Jaxon Whittum by a 5-0 decision. He was the lone Wolf to win two bouts, but a handful of Goldendale grapplers picked up one win.
Mason Conroy, wrestling at 132, won via a 16-3 decision over Toppenish's Jesse Blackburn but fell in his next two matches and was eliminated. Lucas Anderson went 1-2 while wrestling at 152, Nathen Priddy also was 1-2 in the 170 pound class, and Blake Waddell also won one bout and lost two while wrestling at 182 pounds.
Davis Invite team scores:
Hanford 146, Ephrata 145, Toppenish 137, Selah 120, Davis 105, Sunnyside 91.5, Ellensburg 84, West Valley 51.5, Pullman 51, Heritage 49, Eastmont 47, Naches Valley 35, Granger 27.5, Highland 20.5, Goldendale 17, East Valley 16.
The Wolves have a pair of competitions they will be at this week, starting with a long trip to Connell on Thursday.
Goldendale will make the three-hour bus trip to Connell for Thursday's Mix and Match meet which included the Wolves, Granger and Zillah from the SCAC West, along with Connell, Warden, and Kiona Benton from the East side of the league.
At the meet, wrestlers from Goldendale will get matched up with wrestlers from either of the SCAC East schools.
It will be a late night for the Wolves though. The match kicks off at 6 p.m. and should last a couple hours before a three-hour bus ride home puts them back around midnight or later.
After traveling to Connell, Goldendale will be back on the road for a shorter trip to the west side of the county. They will be in White Salmon Saturday morning for the Bruin Invitational, a seven-team tournament that should feature full, eight-man brackets.
The Timberwolves, along with wrestlers from Hood River, Columbia (White Salmon), Stevenson, Washougal, Battle Ground, and Putnam High School in Milwaukie, Oregon, will be in attendance. Putnam High School also is the school Dumolt graduated from.
Wrestling starts at 10 a.m. Saturday.