Saturday’s Prep Wrestling: Two Bearcats, Two Tigers Win at Bearcat Invite
By The Chronicle
W.F. West and Centralia each had two winners while Rochester had one champion on Saturday at the Bearcat Invite wrestling tournament in Chehalis.
The host Bearcats finished second to Tillamook, Ore., in the final team standings, but got wins from Levi Walters and Mason Marones.
Walters, in the 120-pound bracket, pinned teammate Jake Stepp in 2 minutes, 21 seconds in the finals, after winning his two opening matches with first-round pins.
Marones, meanwhile, went 3-0 in the 132 bracket with three pins, earning a fall over Shelton’s Kevin Mann in the finals in 2:34.
Centralia’s two victories came in the heavy classifications. Aaron Adamo beat Shelton’s Ammon Anderson, 8-5, in the 195 finals after winning his initial two matches by pin. At 220, Izz Almontes beat Tillamook’s Dawson McKibbin, 7-3, after picking up a pair of major decisions — 17-7 and 19-9 — in the first two rounds.
Rochester, meanwhile, got what’s become its usual win from Jayden Lancaster. The sophomore, at 145, won his fourth tournament in a row, getting pins in the first two rounds and beating Tillamook’s Dylan Dickson, 5-3, in the finals.
W.F. West’s Darren Gray took second at 106 and Caleb Walters was second at 113. Finishing co-third for the Bearcats were Zach Evans (126), Kyle Gray (138), Ka’imi Henry (160), Chris Powe (195), Isaac Reavis (220) and Chase Conway (285).
Ben Eklund and Jasper Ellingson were both co-fifth at 170, Bryce Laufenberg was co-fifth at 145 and Jack Mallonee was co-fifth at 182.
“The kids wrestled fairly well,” Bearcat coach Jamie Rakevich said. “We had a lot of young guys in the brackets, but those guys that got into the finals wrestled pretty well.”
Centralia’s Dayvi Gaspar (120), Caleb Hytlon (160) and Manuel Aguilar (285) were all co-third, with Jacob Reyna (106) and Justin Lake (138) taking co-fifth.
Riley Cohron (132) and Nate Kilmer (170) were both co-third for Centralia, with Jay Brant (113), Dailin Schlecht (126) and Jacob Spann (126) each finishing co-fifth.
“Overall, I thought we wrestled okay,” Warrior coach Jason Dick said. “It’s a pretty tough tournament, and we definitely have things to keep working on.”
W.F. West, Rochester and Centralia will all wrestle in Centralia on Wednesday in an Evergreen 2A Conference double dual.
Note: In other local wrestling news, Adna’s Cheyeann Meyer finished fourth in the two-day Kelso Girls Tournament on Saturday. Meyer, in the 125-pound bracket, took a first-round bye and then went 6-2, losing both of her matches to Union’s Riley Aamold. Napavine’s Karley Bornstein finished eighth at 135, and Rochester’s Sufina Ahmath just missed the podium, but went 4-2 with four pins in the 125 bracket.
1. Tillamook 227
2. W.F. West 205
3. Black Hills 171
4. Centralia 116
5. White River 109.5
6. Ridgefield 94
7. River Ridge 91
8. Rochester 84
9. Shelton 65
10. R. A. Long 52.5
11. Tumwater 0
Weight Class: 106
1. Demoni Thomas River Ridge 4-1
2. Darren Gray W. F. West
Weight Class: 113
1. Nate Belcourt White River 8-6
2. Caleb Walters W. F. West
Weight Class: 120
1. Levi Walters W. F. West Pin 2:21
2. Jake Stepp W. F. West
Weight Class : 126
1. Luis Macias Tillamook 7-4
2. Dylan Draper Ridgefield
Weight Class : 132
1. Mason Marones W. F. West Pin 2:34
2. Kevin Mann Shelton
Weight Class : 138
1. Nolan Keesee Black Hills 5-1
2. Chad Werner Tillamook
Weight Class : 145
1. Jayden Lancaster Rochester 5-3
2. Dylan Dickson Tillamook
Weight Class : 152
1. Klein Carter White River 5-4
2. Cyrus Wheeler White River
Weight Class : 160
1. Julian Kennedy Black Hills 13-5
2. Tom Cruz Tillamook
Weight Class : 170
1. Gavin Chabot White River 7-2
2. Patrick Alvarado Black Hills
Weight Class : 182
1. Fabian Niami Tillamook Pin 0:29
2. Jordan Claridge Black Hills
Weight Class : 195
1. Aaron Adamo Centralia 8-5
2. Ammon Anderson Shelton
Weight Class : 220
1. Izz Almontes Centralia 7-3
2. Dawson McKibbin Tillamook
Weight Class : 285
1. Tate Elliott Black Hills Pin 3:42
2. Jaysen Jorgenson White River