Saturday’s Prep Wrestling: Rochester’s Kester Claims First Place at Lady Athena Tournament
Rochester’s Kester Claims First Place at Lady Athena Tournament
AUBURN — Alycia Kester pinned her way to a tournament title here on Saturday at the Lady Athena wrestling tournament at Auburn High School.
“She’s been having a quietly improved season and i’m very proud of her,” said Rochester wrestling coach Jason Dick.
The 155-pound grappler started the day off with a first round pin of Mackenzie Sheffield of Auburn and followed that up with a first round pin of Rayne Kramer from Auburn-Riverside. In the finals Kester took a little longer but wound up with a win by fall over Payton Elenbaas from Meridian in the third period.
The Warriors’ girls coach, Matt Marchant, was also full of praise for Kester’s performance.
“That’s actually her first tournament win of her career. So it’s a big deal for her,” said Marchant. “She was lights out this weekend. She was on point.”
Marchant added with the playoffs set to begin later this week Kester is poised to earn herself some more ink.
“If she can stay out of her own head then I think she can make a deep run in the postseason,” Marchant said. “Sometimes she can be her own worst enemy.
Rochester will participate in the sub-regional tournament at the NW Sports Hub on Saturday.
Strong Showing for Centralia at Fort Vancouver Invite
VANCOUVER — Centralia headed to Fort Vancouver on Saturday with five girls ready to wrestle and came home with five medals, as well as fourth place finish as a team, to show for their efforts.
Syrena Edwards placed second at 190 pounds to pace the Tigers. Analeese McAllister (120 pounds) Angie Contreras (135), Berenice Ramirez (145) and Marely Farfan (170) all won their final match to finish in third place.
Centralia will wrestler at the sub-regional tournament on Saturday at the NW Sports Hub.
Pirates Return With Mixed Bag of Booty from Beach Brawl
ILWACO — Adna wrestling had a pair of boys and girls place here at the Beach Brawl wrestling tournament on Saturday.
Lucas Ashley claimed a title at 152 pounds while matthew Slape finished second at 160 — losing only to Castle Rock’s defending 1A state champion, Wayne Baker.
In the girls bracket Zarine Walker was the runner up at 130 pounds while Keaton Dowell placed third at 145 pounds.
“Lucas Ashley is wrestling the best that I’ve seen him all year,” said Adna coach Craig Ferrier. “On the girls side, Zarine Walker has been out with an injury, so it was nice to see her come back and compete on such a high level. Keaton Dowell also looked ready for postseason on her way to a third-place medal.”
Ferrier noted that his team did not travel with a full roster as they attempt to get healthy for playoff wrestling.
“We are nursing some slight injuries so we only had about half the team competing. (Of) the ones that did it was a great tune up for our district tournament on Saturday,” said Ferrier.
Adna’s boys and girls wrestlers will both compete at the sub-regional tournament at the NW Sports Hub on Saturday.