Wednesday’s Wrestling: Centralia’s Lucht Pins Opponent in Final Match for Tigers’ Victory
By The Chronicle
It came down to the final match of the night in a non-league dual wrestling meet between Centralia’s Austin Lucht and Montesano’s Kenny Koorad at 285 pounds.
With 0.2 seconds remaining on the clock, Lucht pinned Koorad to help the Tigers earn a 40-39 team victory in Centralia on Wednesday.
Centralia’s Eddie Matias (132) won by pin over Lucas Salstrom and Justin Lake (145) pinned Montesano’s Joel Pine.
Caleb Hylton (170) also won by pin over Montesano’s Mason Lutz. Centralia’s Juan Gaspar (120) won 16-5 over Cooper Johnson. Daniel Tekle (152) and Mike Myer (220) each earned wins by forfeit for the Tigers.
Centralia coach Scott Phillips gave the Tiger of the match honors to Lucht for his big victory to give the Tigers the team win.
“He was giving up 70 pounds and kept up battling until he wore out the Montesano kid to pick up the pin with 2 tenths of a second left on the clock,” Phillips said. “We had a pretty decent crowd and they got loud when we needed them to. Caleb Hylton, Justin Lake, and Eddie Matias looked dominant tonight as well. We are happy with the overall effort of the team and we are going to work to improve every day.”
Alex Hicks-Avron (126) lost in a close match to Aaron Lano, 8-7. Yael Martinez (138), Trevor Richey (160), Elliot Nye (182) and Sawyer Vogel (195) all fell by pin for Centralia.
Centralia competes next at the Pat Alexander Invite at 9 a.m. on Saturday in Tumwater.
Eagles Edge Warriors in Dual
ROCHESTER — The Warriors had four wins by pin, but ultimately fell 42-36 to Elma in a non-league dual wrestling meet here on Wednesday.
Rochester’s Jayden Lancaster (152) won by pin in 1 minute, 59 seconds over Ben Sowers. Jakxen Wherry (182) pinned Elma’s Blake Foster in 59 seconds.
Rochester’s Tomas Ashton (220) won an exhibition match over Ben Bridge by pin in 3:30 and Braden McMillan (113) also won an exhibition match over Elma’s Jaden Martensen by pin in 2:58.
Rochester had four wins by forfeit.
The dual came down to the final match of the evening at heavyweight. Elma’s A.J. Hernandez pinned Elizjah Spitzer in 3:58 to help Elma earn the team victory.
“I don’t think we wrestled very well at all. I thought we underestimated Elma and we need to get back in the room and get to work,” Rochester coach Jason Dick.
Rochester wrestles again next Thursday at the Mount Baker Invitational.
TIGERS 40, BULLDOGS 39
106 — Jacob Salstrom (MON) won by forfeit
113 — Andy Fry (MON) won by forfeit
120 — Juan Gaspar (CEN) def. Cooper Johnson, 16-5
126 — Aaron Lano (MON) def. Alex Hicks-Avron, 8-7
132 — Eddie Matias (CEN) def. Lucas Salstrom, Pin (1:20)
138 — Ty Ekerson (MON) def. Yael Martinez, Pin (2:45)
145 — Justin Lake (CEN) def. Joel Pine, Pin (1:40)
152 — Daniel Tekle (CEN) won by forfeit
160 — Brent Hoolatz (MON) def. Trevor Richey, Pin (3:33)
170 — Caleb Hylton (CEN) def. Mason Lutz, Pin (3:04)
182 — Auggie Araguize (MON) def. Elliot Nye, Pin (1:33)
195 — Kai Olson (MON) def. Sawyer Vogel, Pin (1:01)
220 — Mike Myer (CEN) won by forfeit
285 — Austin Lucht (CEN) def. Kenny Koorad, Pin (5:59.8)