1-19-11 Chelan Wrestling
Junior Cole Schwartz was one of six Chelan wrestlers scoring pins against the formidable Cashmere Bulldog Wrestling Team on Wednesday night at Chelan. Schwartz has yet to be beaten in league action this year and Coach McGuffin has high hopes for his chances at the MAT Classic in Tacoma this year.
Chelan wrestlers edge Cashmere 42-38
Goats dumped Cascade 64-3 in first match
By Richard Uhlhorn
“It was pin or be pinned,” said Coach Jay McGuffin. “Luckily we got the most pins.”
Going into the last match, Cashmere was up in team points 36-38 when Billie Poppie walked onto the mat at 152 pounds to take on Cashmere’s Tanner Spikes. Poppie immediately went to work and was able to pin Spikes with 1:11 remaining in the first round. It was quick and Coach McGuffin was ecstatic because the win insured Chelan the team win. “I hate losing to Cashmere,” stated McGuffin before the match.
Chelan got the momentum going from the moment Cole Schwartz (189 lbs.) pinned Jose Gonzalez with 1:25 remaining in the first round. That got Alex Cortez (215 lbs.) pumped and he pinned Kyle Fenner with :38 seconds remaining in the first round. Then Chelan’s heavyweight wrestler, Jose Aparicio got into the act and pinned his opponent, Warren Robertson in the second round.
Freshman Matt Barnes (112 lbs.) came out fighting also and pinned Jonathon Modrell to continue the Chelan sweep. Then Justin Buyas pinned Ricardo Naranjo to give Chelan a 30 to 6 lead over the Bulldogs.
Cashmere then began to work its way through McGuffin’s younger wrestlers, pinning Chris Truini (125 lbs.), Loren Stocker (130 lbs.) and Zach Burchett (135 lbs.). Chelan’s Leo Sanchez went down in a superior decision 16-0 and all of a sudden, Cashmere was back on top leading the scoring 35-30.
In the end, Billie Poppie broke the lead and handed Chelan a satisfying win over the Bulldogs.
“I love it when the momentum gets going,” said McGuffin. “When the kids feed off each other. And I’m so proud of the freshmen.”
On Saturday, January 15, the team wrestled at the Rainier Invitational and had four champions emerge from that tournament.
Chelan hosts Ephrata on Tuesday, January 25, beginning at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
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