Jesse Allen has been unstoppable this year on the mat and was a first place finisher at the Rainier Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Seattle this past weekend. File Photo
Chelan wrestlers do well at the Rainier Invitational
By Richard Uhlhorn (as reported by Jay and Beth McGuffin)
“Our trip to Seattle was a great bonding experience for the team. Not only did we get the opportunity to compete at a high level against some great competition, we also brought back some hardware,” reported Jay and Beth McGuffin on Chelan’s trip to the Rainier Valley of Seattle on Saturday.
“The Rainier Invitational was our last tournament before this year’s post season and so I told the guys to go out, have fun and be confident,” said McGuffin. “Although we didn't win the tourney as a team, it was the best overall day we have had all season!”
“I am really happy and even more excited about how the team is coming together as we approach the post season.”
Chelan only has two weeks left in its regular season after which they will shift focus to winning a second consecutive league championship. This would be Chelan’s second league championship in team’s 49 years with a wrestling program.
Rainier Invitational results:
103 - Freshman Jacob Prezpoleski has only been wrestling for three years. He placed 3rd out of a tough 16 bracket. Freshman Adelberth Guillen also scrapped it up and ended up finishing with 1 win, 2 losses.
112 - This might have been the toughest bracket of the day with a number of the state veterans, but that didn’t stop Sophomore Dillon Parker and Jose Lopez placing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Watch out for these two as the post season approaches because they will be turning some heads around the state.
119 - Hank Burton is getting better and better as the season progresses, He is determined to do whatever it takes to win and show a lot of heart every time he steps onto the mat. Hank pulled off a huge upset in the semis by pinning the #1 seed before losing in the finals by 1 pt. (10-9) (Beth’s (McGuffin) comment… “Awesome”- okay, that is all I will do)
125 – Micah Hargrove is showing a lot of improvement and I am happy to see him wrestling at this tournament weighing 125, he went 2-2 but was 1 point away from placing . Evile Jimerez, a freshman went 1-2 and will be a guy to watch because of his dedication to the sport.
135 - Memo Venegas (freshman) went 1-2 and continues to get better and better each week.
140 – Gage Schmidt is the six minute man because he wrestles hard the entire match.. Schmidt placed second losing to Zillahs David Castillos (4-0) I bet we see the two meet up at state and I guarantee the outcome will be different.
Jose Garcia made his season debut and went 1-2. He will wrestle 135 in the post season. And this will be crucial to the teams success as we reach districts, regionals and state.
145 - Both Steven Swinford and Tyler had a great tourney. They both made the semi finals and lost to two tough opponents. Tyler came back to place third and Swinford went to OT to take 5th.
152 - Tyson McGuffin was unstoppable on his feet this weekend. He was 1 of 6 to make the finals. He battled but he got caught while leading in the finals and lost.
Freshman Jorge V. went 1-2 on the day and really looks like he is improving in all his positions; top, bottom and neutral.
160 - Tyler Clark bumped up a weight to fill 160. He went 0-2 but his improvement over last year has been a complete 180.
171 - Senior Jesse Allen dominated the tourney, pinning his first opponent before winning in the finals with a score of 16-2. On and off the mat Jesse has been a key component to this teams success all year. I expect him to reach all of his own goals he has set for himself this year.
189 - Davey Anderson is 2-2 in tournament victories, since his injury earlier this season. I don’t know what happened while he was out injured but since his return he has the confidence that no one can beat him and I love it.
215 -Sean Gervas lost a close one in his first match but battled back and placed third. Sean could be the hardest worker on the team and with his determination to be successful I think he will surprise some people in the post season.
285 - Our big man, Doug (triple H) Ramsey used his size and strength to place third in his second tournament back from a knee injury. Doug has the raw talent to go far this season and I expect we will see him in the Tacoma Dome this season.
Chelan will host the Tonasket Tigers on Wednesday evening beginning at 7 p.m.