Jose Garcia was just one of five Chelan Goat wrestlers to win their semi-final match and move on to the finals at the prestigious Mat Classic Holiday Tournament in Yakima on Saturday. File Photo by Richard Uhlhorn.
Goats shock 15 high classification schools to win
Mat Classic in Yakima
By Richard Uhlhorn
Chelan’s wrestling team traveled to Yakima to participate in the prestigious Mat Classic
Holiday Wrestling Tournament at the SunDome on Saturday. Chelan was the only 1A school out of the sixteen teams that made it and ended up winning the event. “It’s kind of funny,” said Coach Jay McGuffin. “My kids were coming up to me throughout the day saying how other schools were asking if we were a 2A or 3A school and when they would tell them, ‘No, we are just a single A school, the expressions were priceless.”
The pivotal point for the Goats was the semi-final round when five Chelan wrestlers ended up grinding out win after win, many coming from behind. “It showed me as a coach a lot of heart,” stated McGuffin.
“I told the team to just go out and have fun, wrestle hard, leave everything on the mat, and we’ll see how the chips fall,” said McGuffin. “In the end it’s all about the competition and I would be doing my athletes a disservice if I didn’t tyr togo out and find them the best possible competition needed to prepare for the State Tournament in February.”
In the finals at 140 pounds, Gage Schmidt lost a tough match to Othello’s Reuben Lopez 7-5.
At 145 pounds, Jose Garcia lost a 7-2 decision against Ephrata’s Quinton Hendrickson to take second.
At 152 pounds Tyler Allen scraped against Othello’s Amando Deleon, but lost 12-2.
At 215 pounds Sean Gervais wrestled a solid 2 rounds and then got caught and pinned against Ellensburg’s Josh Cole.
Chelan’s lone champion on the day was at 189 pounds. Davey Anderson wrestled like a man on a mission today and took down Ellensburg’s Devon McCrary 6-0.
Other placers for the Goats included 112 pounder Jose Lopez placing 5th. “ Jose lost to eventual champion Steven Romero in the quarters, but came back and dominated the rest of his matches which will pay off for him in the post season,” said McGuffin.
At 125 Dillon Parker also lost in the quarters to eventual champion Zach Nelly, but wrestled back winning the rest of his matches by fall to place 5th.
At 171 Rudy Barrios wrestled hard and placed 8th.
“All in all it was a great day for the Goats,” said McGuffin. “It is one to remember, and one to reflect on as we head into January and then to the post season in February.”
SunDome wrestling results
Posted By Scott Spruill On December 20, 2008 () In Preps blog
Chelan 151.5, Ellensburg 147, Davis 134, Wenatchee 132.5, Toppenish 132, Sunnyside 126, Othello 125, Selah 122.5, Kennewick 111, Ephrata 89, Prosser 57, East Valley 54.5, West Valley 52, Eisenhower 42.5, Wapato 33.
125 — Championship: Zach Nalley (Dav) d. Kenny Sanders (Ell), 7-6. Placers: 3, Anthony Bush (Eph); 4, John Cruz (Se); 5, Dillon Parker (Che); 6, Steven Moreno (Kenn); 7, Paul Jagla (Wen); 8, Isaac Meza (Su).
130 — Championship: Robert Espinoza (Se) d. Krayson Gates (Wen), 12-6. Placers: 3, Matt Jordan (O); 4, Nick Sauceda (Dav); 5, Mason Yates (EV); 6, Miguel Montiel (T); 7, Mark Schlagel (WV); 8, Emmanuel Tijeda (Su).