14-15 Chelan Sports with Rich Uhlhorn

1.13.15 Chelan wrestling report

Wrestling is a combination of a team sport and individual sport. Each wrestler, based on his wins or losses contributes to the overall team score. Even if the team loses, each wrestler who wins his match will have a better chance at being seeded well when post season comes around. Chelan hosts Cascade, Cashmere and Omak this coming Thursday evening in the Chelan High School gymnasium.


Chelan falls to Tonasket Tigers in dual meet wrestling match
Tonasket defeats Chelan 42-20
by Richard Uhlhorn (from Coach Mitchell’s report)

It was a Father-Son coaching showdown. “Although my dad and I have coached against each other in multiple matches at tournaments, this match was the first time we have ever met head to head in a dual meet competition,” said Chelan Wrestling Coach Martin Mitchell.

Chelan’s new Varsity Wrestling Coach, Martin is a four-time state wrestling champion and at the time he wrestled for his Dad in Tonasket, he was only the second wrestler in state history to capture the title four times. His father, David Mitchell, Tonasket’s head wrestling coach, is a Hall-of-Famer (2010) in wrestling.

Chelan traveled to Tonasket to take on the powerhouse Tigers on Wednesday, January 7. “Tonasket is a perennial powerhouse in the State of Washington,” said Mitchell. Tonasket brought that winning tradition into the dual meet under Coach Dave Mitchell.

Coach Martin Mitchell reports that Chelan has a talented, but young group of wrestlers this year and that they will become a dominant force in the state in the very short time.

The two teams started Wednesday’s match at 152 pounds and Junior Ty Schwartz (both of his older brothers are past state champions) hammered his opponent for two rounds before getting a pin late in the second period. His brother Dane was able to close the gap on an opponent who had beaten him badly earlier in the year losing a heartbreaker in overtime after being tied with him at the end of regulation.

Hayden Habich wrestled his best match of the season, going the distance against another tough Tonasket wrestler. “With two victories under their belt, the Tigers were able to get some momentum going and win the next two matches before Pedro Venegas was able to stop the Tigers with a hard fought 2-1 decision.”

Chelan’s youth began to show later in the match, losing four in a row until Julian Buyas (152 lbs.) quieted the crowd in the last match of the meet, leaving a lasting impression with Tonasket fans as he annilated his opponent with a 18-2 technical fall.

There were 3 JV matches last night and our young wrestlers looked great! Sophomore first year wrestler Jahir Montoya moving up weight classes giving up at least 10 pounds lost a hard fought battle by only one point. Freshman Bryan Mendoza was impressive with a first round pin against his opponent. Rounding out the dual meet in the last match of the night; freshmen Jacob Bekel just would not go away in the last match of the night. Down big with time running out Jacob did just what he's been coached to do and didn't give up! He kept trying to persevere and with time running low on the clock in the 3rd period Jacob took his opponent straight from his feet to his back to pin him with only 2 seconds left on the clock giving him a much deserved win and our team the confidence and drive that we can accomplish anything through having fun with what we do, hard work, determination and a leave it all on the mat attitude that has Coach Mitchell (son) beaming with pride in his new home here in Chelan, WA.

 Chelan plays host this coming Thursday night for a double dual format with Varsity and JV teams from Cascade, Cashmere and Omak coming to town. It is the last home match for Chelan this year.


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