Jose Lopez at 119 pounds knew that if won his match against his Omak opponent, he would win the match for the entire team. He went out and wrestled smart and handed his team their first league win over Omak. File Photo by Richard Uhlhorn
Goats wrestlers win league match with Omak by Richard Uhlhorn
Omak has not been happy with the Chelan Goats since the Goats beat them last year for the
Caribou Trail League Championship. So, they thought they might just be able to even the score by insisting on an early league match with Chelan.
The Chelan Goats battled to the end in Omak against a very tough Pioneer squad. “I’m not going to lie,” said Coach Jay McGuffin. “I was a little nervous (going into this match) considering that our programs have been No. 1 and 2 in the last two years in league.”
At 125 pounds, Dillon Parker started the match off with a pin. “The Pioneers moved their 125 pounder up to 130 because they thought they had a better chance of beating a less experienced Hank Burton,” stated McGuffin. “Burton came out with fire in his eyes because he knew what they were thinking.”
Burton’s match went back and fourth, but Hank owned the third round of the match and ended up majoring over Omak’s wrestler by winning this match by 8 to 14 points.
Micah Hargrove lost a tough match at 135, but Chelan followed up with pins at 140 by Gage Schmidt and 145 by Jose Garcia.
In another move, Omak sent their 145 pound kid up to wrestle at 152 pounds because they thought they might be able to get a win against Tyler Allen. It didn’t work and Tyler came out victorious.
Tyler Clark wrestled at 160 and lost. Cole Soreano wrestled and fought exceptionally hard for an athlete that hasn’t wrestled since middle school.
Omak continued to make some moves at the upper weights, which finally paid off for them. Davy Anderson lost by 3, Sean Gervais lost in double OT (overtime) and Doug Ramsey lost in the last 5 seconds of his match.
“It all came down to the last two matches,” said McGuffin. With Chelan up in team points 25-23, Luis Rodriguez lost a close match at 112 pounds, giving Omak a 26-25 edge over Chelan.
“Our final warrior of the night was Jose Lopez at 119 pounds. He knew that if he won so would the Goats,” said McGuffin. “Jose went out and wrestled a very smart match and dominated a kid that made it to state last year.”
And so went the first league match of the season. Chelan is back in top form with some new tough kids helping out.
They Goats will host their first match at home this coming Thursday evening, December 13, beginning at