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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Blake Waddell takes 182 pound title in White Salmon


December 12, 2018

Jaryd Cline

Blake Waddell makes a move during his second bout on Saturday against Hood River's Maverick Geller. Waddell won that bout by a 9-1 decision before winning the 182 pound class with a pin in his third and final bout.

The Goldendale wrestlers are continuing their early season grind and continuing to work to get down to the right weight classes and had a little more success over the weekend than they did in their opening tournament in Yakima.

Just five wrestlers picked up wins during the Davis Invitational on Dec. 1 in Yakima – Bryce and Blake Waddell, Mason Conroy, Lucas Anderson, and Nathen Priddy – but the Wolves had a lot more success at the Bruin Invite on Saturday at Columbia High School in White Salmon.

One Timberwolf, Blake Waddell, came away with a title in his weight class while a handful of other grapplers placed among the top four.

Waddell, with two pins and a 9-1 decision, came away on top of the 182 pound, eight-man bracket. He pinned Hood River's Andrew McCreery in the first, won a 9-1 bout against Hood River's Maverick Geller, and pinned Hood River's Clayton Morris Reade in the title bout to come away with the 182 pound class championship.

With Waddell claiming the only Goldendale title on Saturday, four other Timberwolves came away with fourth place finishes in White Salmon.

Lucas Anderson won two bouts and lost two and claimed fourth place in the 152 pound bracket, Nathen Priddy also went 2-2 for fourth place at 170 pounds, Ivan Cazares finished 1-2 at 126 pounds for fourth place, and Blane Waddell also went 1-2 at 145 pounds for a fourth place mark on Saturday.

Even though the Wolves were just competing in White Salmon less than a week ago, they were back on the west side of the county on Tuesday for a double dual against the Bruins which kicked off at 6 p.m. Results from that meet weren't available when the papers were sent out.

After wrestling again in White Salmon, the Wolves are off for an extended period until they travel to Washougal for an invite on Dec. 29 that starts at 9:30 a.m.


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