Chelan’s Alex Cortez didn’t waste anytime in pinning Colt Jack in the 220 pound match at the Tuesday, December 6, home opener match against Liberty Bell. Jack
went down to a pin in less than one minute.
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Chelan grapplers lose home opener to
Liberty Bell 39-36
By Richard Uhlhorn
“It this was January and we had lost this match, I’d be so mad I wouldn’t be giving you an interview,” said Coach Jay McGuffin. The Liberty Bell Mountain Lions came to Chelan on Tuesday evening for a non-league wrestling match and ended up with a team win 39-36, mostly because of forfeits.
This year’s wrestling team is the largest in recent history which made for a long evening, particularly for Liberty Bell. Its varsity wrestlers agreed to wrestle our JV squad after the main match was over.
“We got a lot of mat time tonight, and that is good,” said McGuffin. With 35 out for wrestling, McGuffin will be struggling to get them all mat time. Tuesday night, 20 wrestlers faced off, eight of them JV wrestlers taking on Liberty Bell’s varsity team.
Chelan had to forfeit three weight classes; 106 lbs., 113 lbs., and 120 lbs. “We will be able to fill the 113 pound slot later in the season,” said McGuffin. “I won’t have any 106 pound or 120 pound wrestlers.”
The Varsity match started with Erick Garcia at 126 pounds. Coach McGuffin is excited about Garcia being back on the active list. He didn’t wrestle last year because of an injury. “I expect good things out of Erick this year.” It didn’t take long for Garcia score ahead of his opponent, Justin McMillian, one of Liberty Bell’s old wrestling names. By the end of the first round, Garcia had a commanding 6-1 lead and by the end of the match Garcia won a major decision 14-1.
Victor Flores at 138 pounds found himself in deep trouble in his match against Emmett Fink. He was down 2-9 in the first round, 5-11 in the second round and then got serious with Fink scoring point after point on reversals, takedowns and escapes to end the match with a 13-15 loss to Fink. It was a great comeback by Flores who showed a lot of moxie to battle back to a near win.
At 170 pounds, Billie Poppie came out strong scoring a takedown and near fall in the first round against Liberty Bell’s Jonathon McMillian to lead the match 5-1 at the bell. In the second round Poppie score on a reversal and two near falls to take his lead out to 12-1. McMillian was able to score a reversal in the third but Poppie finished the match off with another near fall and a major decision 14-3.
At 182 pounds, Bobbie Anderson battled Shane Coleman to a 6-6 tie near the end of the third round, but fell to Coleman by a pin at the end of the match. Anderson showed he will be a tough match for opponents in the future.
There wasn’t much Liberty Bell wrestlers Stoney Hulon and Colt Jack could do with Cole Schwartz and Alex Cortez at 195 and 220 pounds respectively. Defending state champinon Schwartz pinned Hulon with 48 seconds remaining in the first round and Cortez took an even shorter path to the pin had had Jack on his back with 57 seconds remaining in round 1.
Liberty Bell’s coaches agreed to pitting its varsity against Chelan’s Junior Varsity with some interesting results. Liberty Bell’s Stoney Hulon lost by pin to Michael LaHaye as did Colt Jack who fell to Joseph Martin at 285 pounds. Asa Schwartz defeated Shane Coleman in a 3-2 decision at 189 pounds.
The mat time for the Junior Varsity was as important to Coach McGuffin as the varsity match. The Junior Varsity will help us a lot when it comes to tournament time,” said McGuffin.
McGuffin’s biggest problem isn’t wrestlers this year, but how to get all of his team mat time. If other teams are as generous as Liberty Bell, the JV team will see lots of action also.