1-24 Chelan Wrestling
Erik Jimenez, a freshman wrestling at 130 pounds has been helping the Chelan team out against more experienced wrestlers in his weight classification.
Chelan wrestlers become league champions
after defeating Omak 46-21
by Richard Uhlhorn
In the last league match of the year which took place in Omak on Thursday, January 24, the Chelan Wrestling Team became the Caribou Trail League Champions by defeating the Pioneers as a team 46-21. This is the second year in a row that Coach Jay McGuffin’s wrestlers have attained this honor. “We are now 14-0 in league over the past two years,” remarked a happy McGuffin in a telephone interview.
“It was a chess game with a few moves, but it worked out for us really nice,” said McGuffin. He expected Omak to make some weight moves to give them the advantage. “When the Captains go out a coin is tossed and you get your choice of evens or odds. We wanted odds.” Omak planned on moving their 112 pounder up to 119 pounds, but being even, they would have to declare first and McGuffin told the Omak coach he would just move Dillon Parker to 119 pounds too. As it turned out, Omak left their 112 pound wrestler at 112 pounds and Parker won by fall.
“There was a lot of intensity at this match,” said McGuffin. “I felt that the referee was poor in his calls.”
McGuffin was particularly pleased with Tyson McGuffin’s match at 152 pounds. “Tyson won a big match. The kid was undefeated and Tyson’s win will make the seeding (for District) really interesting.” McGuffin, after not wrestling in the 2006/07 season has had a great season this year. “He’s definitely dangerous,” said Coach McGuffin.
“It’s a great feeling to win the league championship,” said McGuffin. “It’s been a real fun year. The parents are getting together for team dinners with the kids… we are working hard and playing hard as well.”
The team travels to Lake Roosevelt on Friday, February 1, for the District Championships Friday evening and Saturday, February 2.
103: Jacob Przespoluski won by decision 11-6
112: Dillon Parker won by pin (State rank – 3rd)
119: Hank Burton accepts forfeit (State rank – 10th)
125: Micah Hargrove lost by decision
130: Erik Jimenez lost by decision
135: Memo Venegas accepts forfeit
140: Jose Garcia won by pin (State rank - 5th)
145: Gage Schimidt won by tech fall (State rank – 4th)
152: Tyson McGuffin won by decision (State rank – 5th)
160: Jorge Villasenor lost by pin
171: Jesse Allen lost by decision (State rank – 1st)
189: Davey Anderson won by pin (State rank – 4th)
215: Sean Gervais won by decision (Not ranked in top 10, but will surprise many)
285: We forfeit