Like most of Chelan’s wrestlers, Tyson McGuffin had to come back through the back door to gain a medal at the Mat Classic held in the Tacoma Dome last weekend. One of his opponents in the struggle to get to third place was an old nemesis, Omak’s Andrew Miller whom McGuffin beat 6-5 in a close match.
Seven medal at the Mat Classic
By Richard Uhlhorn
Eight of Chelan’s wrestling team qualified to battle it out with the best the state has to offer at this year’s Mat Classic XX. Washington’s state wrestling championships is the largest such high school tournament in the nation. Each classification from 1B/2B to 4A including a girls class are on the mat at the same time.
Out of the eight Chelan Goat wrestlers to qualify to compete at the state championships, seven came home with medals. “I’m very happy with the results,” said Coach Jay McGuffin. “We brought eight and seven medaled despite a poor second round where seven lost their matches,” said McGuffin. It was a pretty low point for us, but we had a good third round with seven coming back to win their matches.”
Sophomore Dillon Parker (112 lbs.) was expected to do well at the State Tournament and he handily won his first match in a 4-0 decision over Travis Patrick of Castle Rock. Unfortunately, Skylor Davis of Zillah defeated Parker in a tough battle 8-6 and Parker then went on to get caught in a cradle by Eddie Protzeller (Vashon) and lost by fall which ended his 2007/08 season.
Junior Jose Garcia (135 lbs) won his first match against Mabton’s Andy Rivera with a pin into the match, but lost his second round match to Highland’s Forrest Kopta in a 5-0 decision. This put Garcia down in the consolation bracket for Saturday’s rounds.
Garcia faced Tonasket’s Trey Jensen next and defeated him by a pin in of the match, but on Saturday morning as the consolation matches cranked back up, Garcia lost a 7-3 decision to Newport’s Steffen Ellison. This put Garcia against Connell’s Jacob Rae for 7th or 8th place. Garcia was able to come backand win this contest with a 7-2 decision over Rae to take seventh place.
Junior Gage Schmidt (140 lbs.) had a great tournament winning his first match 14-2 against White Salmon’s Kevin Kreps, but losing in the second round to Orting’s Jeff Fetter in a tough 4-0 decision that knocked Gage to the consolation round. Schmidt went on to win three of his next four rounds. The first was a 14-3 decision over Rick Woodruff of Onalaska. Schmidt then defeated Royal’s Luke Tonnemaker in a 6-2 decision and then defeated Tyler Eccles of Castle Rock 9-2.
Schmidt then faced Fetter one more time. Fetter was the Orting wrestler that had already defeated Schmidt in second round action. The final match for third and fourth was a barnburner with neither wrestler giving up. Fetter ended up winning again and taking third place with at 2-0 decision and Schmidt had to settle for fourth place.
Junior Tyler Allen (145 lbs.) had a horrible first match to begin his run for a medal. Kalama’s senior Joe Fistolera handed Allen a 20-5 technical fall. To Allen’s defense, he got back up and went after his opponents with a vengeance, defeating Derick Brickman of Cle Elum by fall in of his second match. He then took on Kiona-Benton’s Sam Landoe and won that match by a 7-2 decision.
Allen lost to Kyle Buck in a 4-2 decision which put him in contention for seventh and eighth place at the tournament. That match was won by Devin Ossman of Cascade Christian in a 10-6 decision which gave Allen eighth place.
Senior Tyson McGuffin (152 lbs.) came into the Mat Classic after a very good regular season. He won his first match 17-4 over Montesano’s Ryan Campbell, but lost his second round match to Angel Ledezma of Royal in a 3-1 barnburner that could have gone either way. This put McGuffin into the consolation round.
McGuffin won his third match by an 11-3 decision over Goldendale’s Caleb Ferch and continued to dominate by defeating Hayden Terrill of Tonasket by pin in and then Omak’s Andrew Miller in a tough 6-5 decision before losing to Onalaska’s Quinton Vickaryous in a 7-4 decision.
At 171 pounds, Jesse Allen won a close match 2-0 over Castle Rock’s Rowdy Payne before losing his second round match to Nick Dumolt of Goldendale 14-4. Allen then moved through the competition without much difficulty. Cle Elum’s Drew McCoy lost to Allen in a 8-6 decision and Montesano’s Brent Phillips lost to Allen in a 6-0 decision. This pitted Allen against Chewelah’s Russell Whitley whom Allen defeated 8-2.
Allen then had to face Dumolt again and lost to him in anther close match 4-3 to take home fourth place honors.
Junior Davey Anderson (189 lbs.) won his first match against GeranWebbofVashonIsland in a 5-0 decision before being knocked off by Hector Ledezma of Royal 9-3 in the second round of the action.
Anderson came back in third round action and defeated Cascade Christian’s Bryan Ide 4-0. Anderson then fell to Gullermo Galeno in a 8-6 decision putting him in the seventh and eighth place bracket against Webb again. This time it was Webb who caught Anderson and pinned him in of the match giving Anderson the eighth place honors.
Junior Sean Gervais (215 lbs.) won his first match by fall in agaisnt Tanner House of Forks. Gervais then lost to Tyler Working of Onalaska in a 9-2 decision.
Gervais came back in the third round to defeat Warden’s Joey Mass in a 7-2 decision, but lost to Mychael Woods 12-4 and then to Bryan Jones of NachesValley by fall in 56 second of his final match.
“I’m excited with the program. I only lose two seniors this year and bring back five state experienced wrestlers next year,” said Coach McGuffin.