Thursday’s Wrestling: Rochester’s Lancaster Wins, Several Warriors Place at Mount Baker Invitational
By The Chronicle
DEMING — Rochester had nine wrestlers place at the Mount Baker Invitational wrestling tournament here on Wednesday.
Jayden Lancaster captured the 145-pound title. Lancaster won his opening match by pin, followed by a 9-1 decision to reach the finals, pinning Lynden’s Levi Oostra in 1:41 to earn the crown.
Dailin Schlecht finished second at 126 pounds. Schlecht won his opening match by a 5-4 decision, but won by technical fall and by pin in his next two matches to reach the finals. Schlecht faced defending state champion Luke Weaver of Sultan in the finals, falling by pin in 3:43.
Riley Cohron finished third at 132 pounds for the Warriors. Cohron won his first two matches by pin before falling to Ariel Morales of Forks. Cohron rebounded with a pin against Mount Baker’s Eli Freeman.
Jakxen Wherry finished third at 182 pounds. He started the tournament with two pins but fell in the semifinals. Wherry rebounded with a pin of South Whidbey’s Aiden Coleman to take third.
Rochester’s Jeremy Brant placed fourth at 120 pounds. After winning by pin in 49 seconds to get into the semifinals, Brant lost the next two matches to finish fourth.
Rochester’s Christian Soria had a breakout performance at 138 pounds. After winning his opening match, he lost to Cru Demorest of Forks. Soria pinned his next two opponents in the consolation round before defeating South Whidbey’s Caleb Mcarthur in the finals by a 3-1 decision to finish fifth.
James Jimenez placed fourth at 152 pounds. After winning his first two matches by pin, Jimenez lost in the semifinals and then the third place match to take fourth.
Nate Kilmer placed fifth at 195 pounds. Kilmer won his opening match by pin but fell in his second match. Kilmer bounced back with a win by pin and a 6-3 decision to reach the fifth place match, pinning Darrington’s Elrik Lynd for the fifth place trophy.
Tomas Ashton finished fifth at 285 pounds. After an opening match pin, he lost in the quarterfinals. Ashton was able to regroup and earn two wins by pin before defeating South Whidbey’s Dylan Davis by pin in 1:15.
“I thought we did well. It was back and forth, we were leading part of the tournament,” Rochester coach Jason Dick said. “Forks is loaded in 1A’s and we were right there with them and leading for a few rounds. We had guys in the semis and wrestled well. I’m proud of the way the guys wrestled.”
Rochester will wrestle next at the Washougal River Rumble, with the girls wrestling next Friday and the boys wrestling next Saturday.