Wolves strong in only home meet of season
January 30, 2019
Goldendale's wrestlers finally had their chance to compete in front of the hometown fans during Thursday's dual meet with the Cle Elum Warriors and the Washougal Panthers, turning in an impressive night of wrestling while picking up a league win against the Warriors.
Thursday's meet was set to be just the Warriors and Wolves, but a full team of Washougal wrestlers were able to make the trip. After Goldendale and Cle Elum completed its dual meet, which featured a handful of forfeits, the Wolves and Warriors combined and competed in a separate dual meet against the Panthers.
Taking on the Warriors first, who only had six wrestlers, the Wolves came away with a 46-24 win in the dual meet. Goldendale won five bouts via forfeit in weight classes that the Warriors couldn't fill.
In the bouts that weren't forfeits, sophomore Blake Waddell, at 170 pounds, won in an 11-2 decision, sophomore Nathen Priddy won with a quick pin, and sophomore Blane Waddell fell via pin early in the second round of his bout. Freshman Patricia Linebeck, the only girl on the Wolves this season, also was pinned in her only bout. The Warriors also picked up a couple of wins by forfeit in weight classes the Wolves couldn't fill.
After the initial dual, Cle Elum and Goldendale joined forces against a familiar Washougal team that the Wolves have seen at a handful of tournaments this season. Across the river from Troutdale, Washougal is a Class 2A school that had two kids place at state last year, including the champ at 145 pounds. But on Thursday, it was mostly Washougal's second-team wrestlers who made the trip to Goldendale to get in some extra bouts.
Starting off the Wolves was freshman Blaise Payne, who, at 113 pounds, held strong near the end of the first round to avoid a pin before eventually falling by pin late in the second round.
Freshman Bryce Waddell was next at 120 pounds, and after a big first-round lead (8-1), was able to pin both of Stephen Warren's shoulders to the mat in the second round for a pin.
Sophomore Ivan Cazares followed up Waddell and pinned Dakota Hinshaw just over a minute into the first round of their 126 pound matchup.
Blane Waddell, wrestling at 138 pounds, made it three straight pins for the Wolves after falling behind early in his bout with Brody Olson, but bouncing back with a pin in the second round with less than 30 seconds on the clock.
Corbin Riley, the only junior this year for the Wolves, dropped an 8-0 decision after three rounds at 152 pounds, and freshman Reece Holycross also fell by points after six minutes in a close bout. Down 2-0 after one round, Holycross nearly got a pin toward the end of the second round, but got points for a near fall and led 5-2 going into the last round. However, Washougal's wrestler made up the gap, and earned two points for a take down with less than 30 seconds to go and ended up with the 6-5 decision.
Priddy (152 pounds) and Lucas Anderson (152 pounds), the only senior this year, fell in back-to-back bouts via pin.
Sophomore Dusty Dodge won by technical fall at 160 pounds, building a 15 point lead before the bout was stopped early in the third round.
Sophomore Blake Waddell added another win for the Wolves with his 13-4 decision, never trailing in points in the match.
Sophomore Mason Conroy, competing in the last bout of the evening at 132 pounds, didn't waste any time, pinning Dakota Hinshaw 27 seconds into the bout.
Nearly a week earlier last Saturday, the Wolves were in Stevenson for the seven-team Columbia Gorge Invitational, where three of Goldendale's grapplers came away medals, including the third first-place mark of the season from Blake Waddell.
Blake, who's medaled in every tournament the Wolves have competed in this season, came out on top in the 170-pound bracket. He rolled through the tournament, winning his first and third bouts by pin and his second by a 16-5 decision. In his third bout, which was for the class title, he pinned Castle Rock's Austin McQuilliams with just two seconds remaining in the second round.
The heaviest wrestler on the team, you wouldn't believe it by looking at Blake, who's a stocky 5-foot-8 and has dropped some pounds since the season started. Dumolt said he's excited to see him compete against some of the bigger guys from the Valley at districts and regionals. There are a couple 170 pounders in the SCAC with previous state experience, but with the way Waddell's been wrestling this season, he's a serious threat to earn one of the region's five bids at 170 pounds to state.
Waddell was joined on the placing podium by two of his brothers, sophomore Blane who took fourth at 138 pounds and freshman Bryce, who finished third at 120.
A state competitor a year ago, Blane dropped his opening bout to Washougal's Scott Lees, the eventual class champ at 138 pounds before bouncing back with a pin in 58 seconds to push him into the third/fourth place bout. He fell in that bout to Washougal's Sampson Figueroa. Washougal took the overall team title with 242 points, more than 70 higher than the second-place finishing team in Ridgefield.
Bryce was pinned in his initial bout against Washougal's Stephen Warren and dropped into the consolation bracket, but responded with back-to-back pins for the third place finish. He got another chance at Warren in the third/fourth place matchup, and touched both of his shoulders to the mat with 27 seconds left in the second round for the pin and third place medal.
Also competing at 126 pounds for the Timberwolves was freshman Blaise Payne, who finished with one win in his three bouts. In his second matchup, he took down Castle Rock's Colby Granberg with a second-round pin before being eliminated by Warren.
Anderson and Riley both won a bout competing in the 152 pound bracket, but both fell one bout shy of reaching the third/fourth place match. Both lost their opening bout, with Riley falling to eventual class champ Gus Shelley and Anderson falling to second-place finisher Logan Coffman, both from Washougal.
In the consolation bracket, Anderson pinned his opponent from White Salmon in 26 seconds and Riley took down his opponent from White Salmon in 1 minute, 33 seconds into the second round. They both dropped their second consolation bout to just miss placing.
The rest of the Wolves in attendance Cazares, Mikey Kessinger, Conroy, Holycross, and Priddy dropped their first two bouts and were eliminated.
1. Washougal 242
2. Ridgefield 170.5
3. Castle Rock 166
4. Stevenson 125.5
5. Goldendale 53
6. Corbett 49
7. Columbia (WS) 36
After the Wolves were in Royal last Saturday, the next stop is the postseason. The SCAC West District Tournament is next up on the slate, kicking off on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Zillah's Intermediate School.
Wrestlers who finish in the top five of their respective weight class advance to the SCAC Regional Tournament, which is set a week after districts in Royal. The fifth-place wrestler earns a spot as an alternate and can still reach the tournament if one of the top-four finishers gets hurt, misses weight, etc.
Last season, seven Timberwolves advanced past districts, including five currently on this year's team. Cazares (third at 113), Conroy (third at 126), Blane (fourth at 126) and Brian Waddell (fourth at 138), and Dodge (second at 152) all advanced to regionals after a strong district tourney in Granger.
Three went on to advance to state, Dodge, Blane Waddell and Conroy, although Conroy went as an alternate and didn't get to wrestle. Dodge finished third at 152 pounds and Waddell dropped his first two bouts at 126 pounds, wrestling against two guys who went on to finish No. 5 and No. 8 in the class.
The 2019 Mat Classic XXXI is held at the Tacoma Dome and includes all sizes of schools and runs from Feb. 15-16.