Wrestling Strong at Darrington Tournament, home meet next Thursday
January 16, 2019
The Goldendale grapplers are back from up north after a strong showing at the Darrington Invite last Saturday, and set for a busy week with three separate events on the schedule.
Six Timberwolves placed in Darrington, including first place marks from sophomores Dusty Dodge and Blake Waddell in their respective weight brackets.
But in Darrington, along with the six Goldendale wrestlers placing, the team also placed fourth among the 10 teams in attendance, totaling 94-5 points coming from 16 total wins and nine losses.
Dodge (160) and Blake Waddell (170) came out on top of the brackets, senior Lucas Anderson medaled for the first time of his career at 152, sophomores Ivan Cazares (120) and Mason Conroy (132) both took third, and sophomore Blane Waddell finished fourth at 138.
Dodge cruised through the 160 pound bracket with three pins, including a pin with just seven seconds left in the final round of the championship bout. He already was ahead in points, but the pin was the icing on the cake to a great tournament.
Blake Waddell came away with another top finish, using an 8-4 decision in his opening bout before finishing with back to back pins to take the top spot. He took down South Whidbey’s Cameron Martin just 32 seconds into the championship bout.
Anderson picked up wins in his first two bouts via pin and a 10-9 decision, but fell in the winners bracket semifinals to the eventual class champ Preston Goodwin, from Cedarcrest.
He won with a pin in his first consolation bout to lock up a third place finish. Head coach Matt Dumolt loved the way Anderson competed on Saturday. He came back from deficits and went on to win in a couple of his bouts where his superior conditioning was the factor. He had great technique and was able to perfectly execute what Matt and assistant coach Nick Dumolt have been teaching in practice onto the mat on Saturday.
At 132 pounds, Conroy fell in his first bout, but went on a run in the consolation bracket to win his next three bouts, all pins, to take third.
In a small, four person 120 pound bracket, Cazares dropped his first bout to champ Xavier Aguirre but returned with a pin in 54 seconds in the consolation final to lock up third place.
Blane Waddell was a 22-13 decision winner in his opening bout and after falling by pin and dropping to the consolation, he recorded a technical fall (ahead by 15 or more points) that sent him to the third/fourth place bout. He was pinned in that matchup by Sultan’s Willie Bennett to finish fourth in the eight-man bracket.
1. Sultan 156
2. Cedarcrest 152
3. Monroe 133.5
4. Goldendale 94.5
5. Darrington 92.5
It was an extremely tough matchup against Granger, which is the top ranked Class 1A school and No. 5 in the state, regardless of school size, according to http://www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net. Zillah is right up there too among 1A schools, ranked No. 6 by the same source.
Against Zillah, the Wolves picked up points on pins from sophomores Ivan Cazares and Blane Waddell, along with Nathen Priddy winning via forfeit. Cazares, at 126 pounds, pinned Juan Valencia midway through the second round to earn six points, and Waddell, at 138, pinned Isaias Ochoa 24 seconds into the second round. Priddy also picked up six points after the Leopards didn’t have a wrestler at 160 pounds.
Since I just missed getting the complete info from the Jan. 5 Castle Rock Invite before press time last week, here is how Goldendale’s wrestlers fared on the west side.
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 Snape, 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.
1. Union 212.5
2. Castle Rock 184.5
6. Royal 116.5
7. Stevenson 113
12. Goldendale 52
13. White Salmon 40
The boys will be in Naches on Thursday for a double dual starting at 6 p.m. Goldendale and Cle Elum will wrestle against Naches and Highland. Goldendale’s lone girl, Patricia Linebeck, will wrestle at a mix and match meet in Wahluke starting at 6 p.m.
They will be on the road for one more event this week, Saturday’s Stevenson Invitational, which starts at 10 a.m.