|1/9/2013 2:04:00 PM|
Cascade wrestlers beat Cashmere
for only second time in school history
|Photo submitted by Jaclyn Fritz-OBrien|
Cascade’s Mario Menor-Lopez in action at the Warden Tournament last Saturday in Warden. The Kodiaks finished fifth at the tournament. Menor-Lopez took home a fifth place individually.
It turned out to be a fairly historic week for the Cascade High School wrestling team. Four years ago, the team nearly folded, and now the boys can hold their heads high boasting an achievement pretty rare in Kodiak country.
On Jan. 3, Cascade beat Cashmere for only the second time in school history. It could be sign of how far the Kodiaks have come or how far the once mighty Bulldogs have fallen. In reality, it is a little bit of both.
Even though Cashmere was severely depleted, it took victories in the final two matches to seal the historic win. The Kodiaks trailed 36-34 with two matches to go. Nathaniel Merry (195 lbs.) won his match, so then it was up to Bernardo Maravilla (225) to nail it down, which he did, in a hard fought match.
"There were nine matches and we won four," said Josh Arnold, Cascade head coach. "It was a good night for Kodiak wrestling. It was the first dual match win against Cashmere since 1997 when assistant coach Sandoval was freshman."
Last Saturday, Cascade competed at the Warden Tournament along with Warden, Brewster, Mount Baker and Tonasket. The Kodiaks finished fourth as a team with 79 points. But the big news was 182 pound senior Nikita Stata, who captured the first tournament title for the Kodiaks this year.
"Nikita finished the day with three pins. His hard work in practice paid off with a first place dog tag," he said. "No medals are handed out at the Warden Tournament, in honor of a fallen alumni of the program, who gave his life in Iraq."
Michael Sorensen (285) and Fernando Gonzalez placed third. Lane Sandlan was fourth. Mario Menor-Lopez, Nathaniel Merry and Cody Fritz-O'Brien finished fifth. DJ Ferry and Salvador Sanchez placed sixth.
First year coach Arnold is pleased with the progress of his wrestlers.
"We are making improvements on all levels. Some of our success can't be measured in wins. We have kids learning to wrestle and not get pinned," he said. "We are working hard and it is good to see the improvement and success we are having."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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