1.24.12 Chelan wrestling
Senior Jose Ruiz (152 lbs.) had a tough match against James Sandlan of Cascade, but was finally able to pin the young upcoming wrestler with 21 seconds remaining in his match to help lift the Chelan Goats to an impressive 71-11 team win over the Kodiaks.
Chelan wrestlers take Cascade to the mat 71-11
Jay McGuffin voted ‘Coach of the Year’ in wrestling
By Richard Uhlhorn
It didn’t take long for Cascade to recognize they were wrestling against a large group of dedicated Chelan wrestlers.
It was senior night and seniors Erick Garcia, Jose Ruiz, Saul Garcia, Alex Cortez and Luis Garcia and their parents were all honored for their dedication to the wrestling program over the past four years.
The varsity wrestling began at 170 pounds with BobbyAnderson pinning Cascade’s Mario Meno-Lopez with :36 seconds remaining in the first round. He was followed to the mat by Pedro Venegas at 182 pounds and Venegas was pinned by Cascade’s Nikita Sata.
At 195 pounds, Alex Cortez controlled his match against Nathaniel Merry and pinned him with only :03 seconds remaining in the first round. Then it was Asa Schwartz at 220 pounds pinning Bernardo Maravilla at the beginning of the second round.
Both Luis Garcia (285 lbs.) and Angel Hernandez (106 lbs.) drew forfeits giving Chelan a 30-6 team edge over the Kodiaks. There was a double forfeit at 113 pounds.
Ivan Reyes (120 lbs.) also scored a pin against Johnathan Blake in the second round of his match. Reyes was up 5-0 at the end of the first round with three of those points coming from a near fall.
Erick Garcia (132 lbs.) got his pin against Salvador Sanchez in the first round with 1:16 remaining on the clock. Chris Truini (138 lbs.) also scored a pin with :42 seconds remaining in the first round. Juan Garcia (145 lbs.) also scored a pin with 1:13 remaining in the second round.
Jose Ruiz (152 lbs.) had a much rougher time winning his match against a Cascade freshman, James Sandlan. At the end of the first round, Ruiz was ahead 4-2, but by the end of the second round the two wrestlers had both scored back points and the match was still up for grabs with the score 8-6. Ruiz scored first in the third round with a reversal to take his lead out to 10-6 and then with :42 seconds remaining, added three more back points to lead 13-6 and finally scoring a pin with :21 seconds remaining in the match.
Saul Garcia (160 lbs.) found himself on the losing end of his match against Fernando Gonzales and ended up losing in a 16-1 superior decision that had Gonzales completely controlling the match throughout.
The JV matches followed the varsity match and both teams had some winners and losers.
“I have to hand it to Leavenworth,” said Coach Jay McGuffin. “They’ve come a long way to building their wrestling program back up. They beat Cashmere this year for the second time in their history. That was huge.”
McGuffin, who was just honored at Wrestling Coach of the Year, is excited for the team’s chances in the post season. “I feel like we are ready for the post season,” he said. “They are all working hard every day.”
Chelan attends District in Cashmere this coming Friday night and Saturday. Regional wrestling will take place in Chelan’s Community Gymnasium on February 8 & 9.
If you have never enjoyed the sport of wrestling, you should come out for the Regional tournament. This is the tournament that will decide which wrestlers from Chelan will represent the school at the upcoming state tournament in Tacoma later in February.