Saturday’s Prep Wrestling: Rochester’s Lancaster, Cohron Win at Rubber Chicken
KALAMA — Rochester’s Jayden Lancaster and Riley Cohron both took home the coveted phony fowl awards here Saturday after winning their respective brackets at Kalama’s Rubber Chicken Invite wrestling tournament.
Lancaster, a sophomore at 145 pounds, won his sixth-straight tournament, beating Rainier, Ore., wrestler David Katon with a pin in the finals, 3:23. He won his first match with a first-round pin, got a 10-2 decision in the quarterfinals and won 15-5 in the semifinals.
Cohron won at 126, beating Kelso’s Jacob Fowler in the finals with a third-round pin.
The duo, Warrior coach Jason Dick reported, celebrated by running through Saturday night’s winter ball in their singlets — brandishing their freshly-won chickens — before changing into formal attire.
“They are funny, goofy kids, those two,” Dick said. “They’re just goobers.”
Lancaster, who finished second in Aberdeen’s tournament back in December and hasn’t lost in a tournament since, has a 35-3 record this season.
“He’s been working just really, really hard this year. He’s had some lofty goals of his own, and you can’t ask for a harder worker,” Dick said. “But when it comes down to rubber-meets-the-road, he’s 100 percent coachable.”
Dallin Schlecht (120) finished co-third and heavyweight Elizjah Spitzer finished co-fifth, reaching the podium for the first time this year.
Tenino’s Ty Weyrauch was a finalist at 182, losing via pin against Sultan’s Tre Sargent in the finals. Also placing for the Beavers were Guy Murillo (co-third, 145) and Cutter Copeland (106), Chase Blankenship (152), Robby Marti (220) and Hunter Sampley (285), each of whom took co-fifth.
Rochester finished sixth and Tenino was seventh. West Valley, out of California, won the tournament with 220 team points.
Rochester wraps up the regular season on Wednesday in a double-dual at Aberdeen, facing Tumwater and Black Hills. Tenino hosts Rainier in a dual on Tuesday.
Tigers Win Lumberjack Classic
LONGVIEW — Centralia finished with seven finalists, six winners and 17 team pins to take first here on Saturday at R.A. Long’s Lumberjack Classic wrestling tournament.
Eddie Matias, Dayvi Gaspar, Mykka McAllister, Tristan Dickey, Aaron Adamo and Izz Almontes all won their respective brackets for Centralia.
Gaspar, in particular, was a highlight, according to Centralia coach Scott Phillips.
“People don’t realize that Dayvi is a first-year wrestler and what he is doing this season is not normal,” Phillips said of Gaspar, owner of a 25-7 record. “He’s placed at every tournament. We are so proud of not only how hard he works and listens to his coaches, but also the integrity he has as a person.”
Gaspar, at 120, pinned East Valley’s Micah Miller in 2:53 in the title bout.
Matias (113 pounds) beat East Valley’s Dylan Bangs, with a pin in 1:31, in the finals. McAllister, at 132, beat East Valley’s Stephen Nugent in a tight 1-0 decision in the finals, and Dickey (170) pinned East Valley’s Alexis Martinez in 3:35 in the championship.
Adamo, at 182, won his first two matches by pin and took an injury default win over Castle Rock’s Peyton Watts in the finals. Almontes won the 220 bracket, taking his first two matches by pin, accepting a forfeit from Hunter Robbins in the semifinals and picked up a 19-4 technical fall win over Castle Rock’s Levi Huls in the finals.
Jacob Hallseth (138) finished second, while Juan Gaspar (106) and Jacob White (126) both finished third for Centralia. Jessee Weeks finished fourth at 152.
The Tigers are back in Evergreen 2A Conference action on Wednesday with a dual match at rival W.F. West with the EvCo title on the line.
Four Tigers Make Finals at Coyote Classic
KITTITAS — Four members of the Napavine wrestling squad finished second here Saturday at the Kittitas Coyote Classic.
In boys action, Aydan Costin lost to Colfax’s Dane Hall, 1-0, in the 170-pound finals, while Grant Bennett lost in the finals to Oroville’s Zane Scott.
On the girls side, Sydney Burdick was second at 135 and Pearl Cave was second at 145.
Napavine hosts a mix-and-match event on Thursday for senior night.
Pirates Compete at Dream Duals
SPOKANE — Adna went 3-2 over the weekend here at the Washington Dream Duals wrestling event, losing to the Mary Walker/Northwest Christian combo squad and Tonasket but picking up wins over Davenport, Ilwaco and Liberty.
The tournament, held at the Spokane Convention Center, featured over 30 teams across all classifications, with the Pirates finishing third among the B schools in attendance.
“This was the first time we’ve been there, and it was an incredible experience for us,” Adna coach Craig Ferrier said. “We had to deal with an injured wrestler and juggle our lineup a bit, but we were still able to compete.”
Luke Wellander moved up a weight class to 152 and went 2-1 on the day, and Ashton Dowell went 4-0 at 170 for the Pirates.
Adna wrestles at Napavine on Thursday and at Ilwaco’s Beach Brawl on Saturday.