Jorge Villasenor had to come back from a 4-1 deficit in the third round to defeat his opponent from Mt. Baker and win the championship at Sultan’s Sky Valley Invitational. File photo.
Chelan takes second at prestigious Sky Valley Invite
By Richard Uhlhorn (report from Coach Jay McGuffin)
The goats were up early Saturday morning to travel across Stevens Pass for sultan and the Sky Valley Invitational. In the end the Chelan Wrestling team locked up a 2nd place finish out of twelve teams and some much deserved hardware to bring home.
“We are starting to do some of our best wrestling from top to bottom, which is a good thing because we start league matches this coming week” said McGuffin.
On the day Chelan had five athletes make the finals with three coming out as champions.
At 160 pounds Jorge Villasenor came back from a 4-1 deficit in the third round to defeat his opponent from Mt. Baker. “Jorge stayed patient in the third round, yet pushed the pace and grinded his opponent on top scoring five back points to come from behind and win the match 6-4.”
At 189 Cole Schwartz wrestled three matches and a combined 4 minutes total to capture his championship. “Pure domination is all I can say, Cole absolutely owned everyone he wrestled today and made it look easy doing it”. Cole pinned his first two opponents in the first round and scored a 15-0 technical fall in the second round for the finals.
At 215 Alex Cortez won his second title of the season by defeating a tough kid from Monroe. “The kid must have been 6’6” or so, he towered over Alex, but that was about it”. Alex had a tough time with the kids length and leverage, but once he figured him out Alex controlled the match for a 13-7 win.
Freshman Matt Barnes made his first final of the season, but ended up placing second. “I was very proud of how Matt wrestled today. He has come a long way this season, so this should be a real confidence booster for him.”
Billy Poppie made his first final of the season as well, but lost a tough match to a kid from eastside Catholic. “Nobody probably deserved to be in the finals as much as Billy did today. He puts in a lot of work and it is starting to pay off.”
The goats that came through the back door and placed third on the day included Justin Buyas at 119, Julio Vera at 125, Alby Paz at 171, and Jose Aparicio at 285.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better day from the athletes we brought here to battle. Everyone has been putting in the time and now it is starting to pay off”.