Chelan senior team captain Jose Lopez is on the hunt for his first state wrestling championship this season. Lopez took third at Mat Classic last year. (File photo by Richard Uhlhorn)
Chelan wrestlers win first league match in Okanogan
by Richard Uhlhorn
The Chelan Goat wrestling team took on the Okanogan Bulldogs Thursday, December 10, in its first league match of the year and came home with a 52-28 team victory.
The match of the night had to be Solin Castro's at 135 pounds. Castro is one of two females wrestling for the Goats this year, and according to Coach Jay McGuffin, Castro earned her way onto the varsity lineup after only wrestling for a couple of months. "Let's just say that her opponent was happy to get off the mat. You could tell he was totally gassed in the third round." Solin, who ran cross-country this fall, lost the match 11-1 was still raring to go at the buzzer. "That guy will always remember her, I guarantee it," said McGuffin.
The Goats first outing was on Saturday, December 5, at the Deer Park Invitational. "This is one of the toughest tournaments of the year," said Coach McGuffin. "We returned home with four wrestlers placing and the rest of the team getting some great mat time."
At 103 pounds, freshman Erick Garcia took second. Senior team captain, Jose Lopez (119 lbs.) also placed second in the tournament, losing only to two-time state champion Drew Acorn from Deer Park. "Acorn isn't a two-time state champ for nothing," said McGuffin. "He's physical, strong and technically sound, so it was a great learning experience as well as a motivator for Jose." Lopez finished third at Mat Classic last year and is looking to become this season's State Champion.
Junior Luis Rodriquez placed fourth at 112 pounds and senior Hank Burton also came in fourth at 135 pounds.
The team traveled to Connell on Saturday and will host Warden this coming Tuesday evening, December 15.
For great wrestling action, come on out and cheer the Chelan Goats on.
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