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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Two long trips for Goldendale grapplers this week after returning from Castle Rock

 

January 9, 2019

Jaryd Cline

Goldendale freshman Reece Holycross makes a move against a Stevenson Wrestler during an early season tournament while coaches Matt and Nick Dumolt look on.

Three Timberwolves returned last weekend after placing in Castle Rock in an event head coach Matt Dumolt described as 'a pretty beastly tournament,' as Goldendale's grapplers continue the regular season grind.

The tournament included teams such as Union (No. 10 ranked 4A team), a handful of other large schools, along with Royal, Stevenson, and White Salmon.

Sophomore Dusty Dodge, returning to the mat for the first time this season, joined Blake Waddell as the highest placing Timberwolf with his third place finish in the 160 pound bracket. He wrestled well, but still has some work to do to get to where he wants to be. After a first round bye, Dodge pinned Union’s DaMario Yebra, but fell in a 6-4 decision to Adna’s Matthew Slape in the championship semifinals.

Into the consolation bracket, Dodge pinned Washougal’s Jeffrey Wells in his last bout for the third place finish.

Waddell, the other third place finisher, rolled through his first two matchups with pins against Toledo’s Riki Hanzwa and Washougal’s Kris Massey, but fell to eventual class champ Ashton Dowell, from Adna, via pin. In the third place bout, Waddell came away with his third pin of the tourney, touching both of Nick Davis’ (Aberdeen) shoulders to the mat to claim third place.

Sophomore Blane Waddell also returned to Goldendale as one of the top finishers in his weight class, finishing fifth in the 138 pound class. He started strong, winning back-to-back decisions over Stevenson’s Angel Tovar (14-4) and Wahkiakum’s Jamil Dimaano (14-10) before falling by pin in the semifinals to eventual class champ Scott Lees from Washougal. He then fell in the third place bout in his only matchup in the consolation bracket to Union’s Marcus Cantu.

Freshmen Blaise Payne, Reece Holycross, and Mikey Kessinger, and sophomore Ivan Cazares each dropped their first two bouts and were eliminated, but going up against tough out-of-district competition will only help now and down the road when taking the mat against wrestlers from the Valley.

Sophomore Mason Conroy, a state alternate last season, fell to the eventual third place finisher in his first bout, but pinned Napavine’s Scott Burdick in his first consolation bracket bout before falling by pin in his next match.

Junior Corbin Riley and sophomore Nathen Priddy each won one bout before being eliminated. Riley, wrestling at 152 pounds, felly by decision in his first bout, but bounced back with a pin of Royal’s Clinton Garnick before falling to the third place finisher in his next bout.

Priddy, at 160 pounds, also dropped his opening bout to Slape, the runner-up in the class, before bouncing back with a pin in his first consolation bracket matchup. He took down Aberdeen’s Garret Springer but then was eliminated in his next bout.

Lucas Anderson, the lone senior on the team this season, was one match away from placing after dropping his first bout, winning his next two, and falling to the third place finisher at 152 pounds.

He fell by a 10-3 decision in his first, but came back with a 10-5 decision over Eatonville’s Tyler Stratton and then won 13-4 against Aberdeen’s Kaden Shubert before third place finishing Buddy Kayser pinned him.

Next

The Timberwolves will be spending a lot of time on the bus later this week with two long road matchups scheduled, including their first league double dual match.

Goldendale will travel 130 miles north to Cle Elum for Thursday's double dual where the Wolves and Warriors will wrestle against the Granger Spartans and Zillah Leopards.

It will be one of the first opportunities this season for the Wolves to see some of the other wrestlers from around the conference. The double dual starts at 6 p.m.

After Thursday's match and a short Friday practice, the Wolves will be back on the bus for another long ride. Taking off on Friday after practice, the team will head to the northern part of the state for Saturday's Darrington Invitational, the second straight year Goldendale has attended the event. One way, it's nearly 280 miles from Goldendale to Darrington.

Goldendale started traveling for the Darrington Invite to get a look at different wrestlers and different teams from Region 2 after the conference realignments a few years ago, but the regional tournament was changed again just this season.

Instead of wrestling against teams from region 2 at the regional meet, things went back to how they used to be with competitors from the SCAC East and West meeting in regionals to determine who advances to state. However, the Darrington Invite still is one of the team's favorite events to attend.

At last season's Darrington Invitational, Dusty Dodge came away with the 152-poind title while Blake Waddell (160) and Corbin Riley (138) finished as runners-up along with a third place mark from Ivan Cazares at 113 and a fourth place showing from Faith Hastings at 120 pounds.

The Wolves have one more match before the next paper comes out, next Tuesday's mix and match in Zillah which kicks off at 6 p.m. Goldendale, along with Granger, Zillah from the SCAC West, and Royal, River View and Wahluke from the East, will be in attendance.

Goldendale's lone home meet is scheduled for Jan. 24 for a dual meet against Cle Elum.

 

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