14-15 Chelan Sports with Rich Uhlhorn

1.15.15 Wrestling v Cascade-Omak

It was senior night last Thursday, January 15, for Chelan’s final home wrestling match of the season. The proud parents were honored with their wrestlers and gathered for a group photo.



 Chelan defeats Cascade and loses to Omak on senior night
by Richard Uhlhorn

Chelan Wrestling Coach Martin Mitchell was very happy on Thursday evening, January 15, when the varsity handed him his first team win of the year. “They are coming together as a team,” he said. “I’m excited… there is a pit in my stomach.”

The team came out during Thursday’s dual match with Cascade and Omak with an intensity that had Coach Mitchell fired up.

Ivan Reyes (126 lbs) came out and pinned his first opponent, Daniel Claros with 41 seconds remaining in the second round. Juan de la Cruz received a forfeit when Cascade made a mistake and sent its 138 pounder to the mat.

Jairo de la Cruz (145 lbs.) won by pin in the first round with 38 seconds remaining on the clock. Ty Schwartz (152 lbs) won a decisive 11-0 decision and Dane Schwartz (160 lbs.) battled to a 6-1 decision with his opponents one point coming late in the third round with an escape.

Senior Francisco Artega (195 lbs.) battled through three tough rounds with Cascade’s Mario Menor-Lopez, also a senior to a 3-2 decision. At 220 pounds, Pedro Venegas pinned his opponent in 1:51 of the first round and 285 pound Carlos Montes had no trouble finishing off the Cascade contingent with a pin on Cesar Ortiz with 1:39 remaining in the first round giving Chelan a 52-15 team win over the Kodiaks.

Omak was a tougher opponent with both Alex Gavin and Jairo de la Cruz getting pinned. Ivan Reyes had a forfeit. Guillermo Echeverria was also pinned.

Julian Buyas (145 lbs.) battled to a 8-4 decision and Juan Garcia (170 lbs.) garnered a forfeit and was quite angry when he walked off the mat. It was a decision by the Omak coach to forfeit the match. The Omak wrestler had beaten Garcia after the Christmas break when Garcia had not had any mat or training time for three weeks. Garcia was looking forward to taking the wrestler on again. “I’ll see him soon,” he smiled several days later.

Marco Arteaga (182 lbs.) won by pin in :43 seconds of the first round.

Francisco Arteaga (195lbs.) found himself in a 4-4 tie with Jaden Peterson at the end of two rounds, but started the third round from the bottom and got an escape for one point and then a takedown for two more to win the match 7-5.

At 220 pounds, Pedro Venegas lost to Michael Quezada in a 16-4 decision getting Omak to within two points 30-28 of Chelan. At the end of the match, Chelan, because of forfeits, lost to Omak 46-30.

“Statistically, I knew we couldn’t win that match, but I didn’t tell the guys because they were battling so hard for the win,” said Coach Mitchell. He is excited about the future of the season because the team is leaving it all on the mat. And Juan Garcia… “That was the worst coaching decision Omak could have made. It lit a fire in Juan.”

Chelan traveled to the Sgt. Norton Memorial on Saturday and wrestled against many of the teams they will face at Mat Classic.

This coming Thursday, January 22, the team travels to Cascade for another dual match against Cashmere, Cascade and Omak.

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