You could call the Cascade Kodiak wrestling team the road warriors after this weekend. The team made back-to-back trips to farthest point in the realm, Tonasket on Friday and Saturday. In all, the grapplers traveled 540 miles and spent 10 hours on the bus.
Last Friday, the team lost a dual meet to Tonasket 66-12. They won two matches and one by forfeit. Senior 182 pounder Nikita Stata won a hard fought match against state opponent. Junior Michael Sorensen (285) won a decision. Bernardo Maravilla had a forfeit.
"Our team has a lot of inexperience with first and second year wrestlers from 113 to 145. There was a lot to be proud of in our losses," said Josh Arnold, Cascade head coach. "Our young men are learning to keep fighting. They did a tremendous job against some of the best kids in the state."
Arnold said his wrestlers were trying moves and fighting to stay off their back. He said 120 pounder, sophomore Jonathan Blake, had a great match against an excellent opponent.
Last Saturday, the team was back in Tonasket to compete in the Apple Pie Tournament. Stata placed second at 182 and junior Nathaniel Merry was also second at 195. Sorensen was third at 285. Maravilla was third at 225.
"Bernardo Maravilla wrestled the match of the day for our team in a loss," he said. "He took on the number on ranked wrestler from Warden and wrestled his best match of the year. You could see the growth in confidence happening, even when the other guy's hand was raised after a 12-3 victory."
Fernando Gonzalez was fourth at 160. Mario Menor-Lopez was fourth at 170.
"Chris Winters attempted his first shot ever in a match. It didn't work for Chris that time, but he has come a long way since the beginning of the season," he said. "Our guys work hard and do what I ask them to do. I am proud of the team effort and sportsmanship."
Cascade wrestles at Brewster Thursday in their only match of the week.
"I hope our hard work is rewarded with some wins," he said.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.