12-13 Chelan Sports

Chelan Wrestling v Cashmere

Defending state champion, Asa Schwartz took on Cashmere’s Tyler Carrillo and pinned the Cashmere senior in the first round.

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Goats win over Cashmere Bulldogs 52-15
in first home wrestling match
by Richard Uhlhorn

The Chelan Goats hosted their first home wrestling match on Thursday, January 16, and came away with a 52-15 victory over the Cashmere Bulldogs. The score included five forfeits (30 points), so the win wasn’t as lopsided as it looks.

“We’ve got a lot of kids out this year,” said Coach Jay McGuffin. “And we haven’t been plagued with any injuries yet.” McGuffin said he’s just looking forward to the team’s next match against Liberty Bell next Tuesday on Chelan’s mats. “They have a strong team this year, so it should be good.”

Chelan began its run on Cashmere with Mauricio Reyes (120 lbs.) who wrestled Austin Steele to a 14-5 major decision. This match was all tied up at the end of the second round 6-6. Reyes got to work in the third with a 2-point takedown followed by a 2-point near fall. He got two more points on a takedown. Steele was able to escape twice for two points, but in the end it was all Reyes.

His brother, Ivan Reyes (126 lbs.) came out strong, defeating Nathan Thompson in a major decision, 8-0 with a takedown, 3- point near fall, an escape and a 2-point reversal.

Julio Vera (132 lbs.) pinned Page Bates in the first round for Chelan’s first pin of the evening.

At 138 pounds, sophomore Ty Schwartz wrestled hard against Cashmere’s senior Ethan Visser. Visser scored first with a takedown, but Schwartz turned him and got 3-points in a near fall in the second round. Visser escaped to tie the match at 3-3 and went on to score on another 2-point takedown to win the match 5-3 over Schwartz.

Jario De La Cruz (145 lbs.) used the second round of his match to defeat Bryant Bube in a 12-6 decision.

Juan Garcia (152 lbs.) had a hard night on the mat against Brock Steele, losing a tough match 9-3.

Matt Barnes (160 lbs.) lost to Jacob James in a 6-1 decision. “He hasn’t wrestled for two years,” said Coach McGuffin. “He wrestled Jacob who is a two-time state placer tough.” Barnes will get a lot tougher to beat as his experience level goes back up.

Saul Garcia (170 lbs.) hit the mat against Cashmere’s Zach Trailkovich. Garcia forged a takedown and reversal to gain a 4-1 lead over Trailkovich before being caught and turned in a reversal that ended with Trailkovich pinning Garcia.

The last varsity match of the evening was between defending state champion Asa Schwartz and Tyler Carrillo. It didn’t last long. Schwartz pinned his opponent in 1.50 of the first round.

In the JV matches, Loren Stocker, Julian Buyas and Justin Buyas won their matches.

The Liberty Bell Mountain Lions come to town next Tuesday, January 28, to face the Chelan Goats. If you’ve never experienced high school wrestling, this is a great time to come and watch these kids work hard on the mat. Wrestling is a tough personal and team sport that requires dedication and hard work to succeed at.

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