Senior Jose Lopez finished his District VI Championship run by defeating
Omak’s Mike Goble in a 8-4 decision.
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Chelan crowns three district wrestling champions
10 qualify for Regionals
by Richard Uhlhorn
Chelan wrestling Coach Jay McGuffin was happy to have three District champions and another seven wrestlers do well enough to represent Chelan at next week’s Regional Championships in Tonasket.
“They all went full throttle and wrestled tough throughout the day,” he said. “The three champions fed off each other. One would win and it would pump up the other to go out and win also.”
McGuffin also noted that the winners came from the lower weights where last year, the winners were in the upper weight classes.
At 103 pounds, Erick Garcia handily won his championship by beating Omak’s Greg Skiar in a 16-0 Technical Fall in the second round of that match. He then wrestled for the championship against Tonasket’s Jared Stedtfeld and was able to pin him in of the 6-minute match.
Next up was junior Luis Rodriguez (112 lbs.) who defeated Cashmere’s Trevor Mashburn in a 5-3 decision advance to the championship round where he defeated Omak’s Austin Covington in an 8-2 decision.
Senior Jose Lopez (119 lbs.) took on teammate Erick Shannon (8th place) first and pinned him in . Lopez then faced LakeRoosevelt’s Orin Gross and handed Gross a fall in of their match, which put Lopez up against Omak’s Michael Goble in the championship match. This match was tied at 3-all at the end of two rounds, but Lopez came out in the third round and scored a 3-point near fall to go out 6-3. In the end, Lopez won the championship match 8-4.
Adelberth Guillen (125 lbs.) took third place, pinning James Stolhammer in 28 seconds of that match. He won his first match 10-1 over LakeRoosevelt’s Skye Gooler, but lost a 4-0 decision to Cashmere’s Chris Chipman. Chipman became the District VI champion.
“He’s got a real shot at getting to the T-Dome,” said McGuffn about Guillen. “He’s always doing the extra things… like getting stronger and learning the new techniques. I hope it works out for him.”
Senior Hank Burton wasn’t fortunate enough to get to the championship round, but ended up with a strong third place finish. Burton started out Friday night handing a 56 second fall to Cascade’s Ryan Rosenau, but fell to Omak’s Jeff Condon in of his first match Saturday morning. Burton and Condon have battled it out this year with both trading wins over the season. Burton just got caught with the wrong move at the wrong time.
Burton came back through the back door to take Chelan junior Jacob Prezpoleski in a tough 7-2 decision and then battled it out for third place with Tonasket’s Riley Buzzard, pinning him in of that match.
Prezpoleski came back and won fifth place by defeating Tonasket’s Austin Booker by a pin in of that match.
At 145 pounds, sophomore Billie Poppie took fourth place beating Cashmere’s Josh Powell by fall in of that match. He then lost to Cashmere’s Colton Sims by a 9-3 decision and faced off with Tonasket’s Derek Rimestad winning a tough match by pin in for fourth place. He than lost by injury default to Tonasket’s Lee Leavall in the third and fourth place bout.
In Poppies second to last match against Derek Rimestad, he thought he had won the match by pin, but not enough time had elapsed before the first round bell and it was called back for the second round with the two wrestlers tied at 4-4. At the end of the second round, Poppie was behind 4-6, but came back with a nice pin in . Rimestad in the first round slammed Poppie to the mat and after losing his last match by injury default, was rushed to the hospital to check his back.
“That was a huge match for Billy,” said Coach McGuffin. “It was a mental gut check to pin your opponent and have it called back. It kinda bursts your bubble, but he went back into that match determined not to lose it.”
Sophomore Jonathon Santos (152 lbs.) took fifth place, winning his first match by decision over Cashmere’s Kyle Weiler 8-3 and then losing to Brewster’s Clark Wengel by fall in of that match. This put him up against Cashmere’s Cody Ream for 5th and 6th and Santos battled to a 4-2 overtime decision over Ream to take fifth place.
At 171 pounds, junior Jorge Villasenor took fourth place defeating Cahsmere’s Mithc Kraus 10-3 in his first match, falling to Omak’s Kyle Trudeaux in and then losing to Cashmere’s Clyde Sims for third and fourth by a close 5-4 decision. “This year has been a big improvement for Jorge,” said Coach McGuffin.
At 215 pounds, freshman Alex Cortez battled his way to a fourth place finish defeating Okanogan’s Garren Brown by fall in of that first match and then losing by a 6-0 decision to Omak’s Jordan Velasco and losing to Levi Sayler 9-4 in the third and fourth place battle. “He takes his losses hard,” said McGuffin. “He has a real temper and we just need to channel it into the match where he will become dangerous.”
At 285 (unlimited) freshman Luis Garcia placed fifth, winning his first match by pinning Cashmere’s Austin Bailiff in , but losing to LakeRoosevelt’s Gary Summerlin in a 22-7 technical fall and winning over Okanogan’s John Delap in a 23-7 technical fall.
“It’s been a really reflective year for me,” said Coach McGuffin. “My first two years were pretty easy as a coach. This year has been different. Losing some wrestlers has been hard and I’ve had to reflect on myself as a coach more than ever.”
In reality, McGuffin has overcome some adversity with the team this year. Losing wrestlers to athletic code infractions is never easy. “They weren’t thinking about the team,” said McGuffin. But in the end, if you look at how young this team is, and how 10 wrestlers qualified for the Regional Championships and a chance to go to MATT Classic, McGuffin and his assistants have done a great job.