Rudy Barrios has been working hard at his skills and it paid off in
Rainier with at win in the championship match. File Photo
Chelan wrestlers place second at Sgt. Justin Nortan Memorial Wrestling Tournament
By Richard Uhlhorn (as reported by Coach Jay McGuffin)
The Chelan Goats traveled to the Rainier, Washington to compete in the Sgt. Justin Nortan Memorial Wrestling Tournament last Saturday, January 17, and brought home the second place hardware. “What I like about this trip is that it’s a great experience for the entire team,” said Coach McGuffin.
The team travels to the Supermall in Auburn where they work out at Vision Quest, a first class fitness facility. They then drive by the Tacoma Dome for a preview of where qualifying wrestlers will compete in the Mat Classic in February.
The varsity team competed against 16 other teams in Rainier while the JV team traveled on to Yelm to compete in a JV Tournament.
“I was very pleased with our performance this weekend,” said McGuffin. “We had a great week of practice that culminated in results that speak for themselves.” Six wrestlers made the finals and five of those six came home as champions.
Gage Schmidt (140 lbs), Jose Garcia (145 lbs), Rudy Barrios (171 lbs), Davey Anderson (189 lbs), Sean Gervais (215 lbs) all came home as champions. Tyler Allen (152 lbs) took second place. Luis Rodriquez (112 lbs), Hank Burton (130 lbs) and Jose Lopez (119 lbs) all came through the back door to take third place.
In the JV tournament Jorge Villasenor (160 lbs) went 3-0 and Arnie Lopez went 3-0 at 189 pounds.
Rudy Barrios entered the Rainier tournament as the number five seed and knocked off the number four seed with a pin, the number one seed with a pin and in the finals, he pinned the number two seed at the tournament. “Rudy has been working extremely hard putting in extra time during our Good Morning Club and it is starting to pay off for him,” stated McGuffin.
Davey Anderson beat the state’s number two ranked wrestler, Kane Koener out of Zillah for the championship. “Davey had a gutsy performance in the finals, pushing the pace for two rounds and owning the third round, something I’m trying to install in each of these athletes as they go to the mat.”
Chelan wrestles Cashmere on Thursday evening in Cashmere