|1/23/2013 2:30:00 PM|
Kodiaks grapplers defeat Brewster in hard fought dual match
|Photo submitted by Jaclyn
Cascade’s 195 pounder Nathaniel Merry works for the pin against Brewster. The Kodiaks scored a big dual match win over the Bears.
The dual match against the Brewster Bears on Jan. 17 came right down to the last match. This is just what makes a wrestling match so exciting, particularly when two evenly matched squads are competing.
For the Kodiaks, it could not have worked out better as the outcome came down to 182 pound senior Nikita Stata, one the best wrestlers for Cascade, fresh off his championship at the Warden tournament.
Cascade was ahead 39-36 heading into the final match, so Stata had to win to preserve the victory. Despite being taken down in the first round, Stata came back working ahead in points by the end of the first period. He led 8-7 going into the third round, and finally Stata was able to work his way to a pin in the final minute.
Cascade won the match 45-36.
"He wore the other guy out, turned him on his back and pinned him," said Josh Arnold, Cascade head coach. "It was a great finish to a hard fought match."
The match began in the middle of the Kodiak line up against some of their strongest wrestlers. Nathaniel Merry (195) began the match with pin, followed up by Bernando Maravilla with pin. Maravilla is now ranked 10th in the state.
Jonathan Blake wrestled his best match of the year, Arnold said.
"It was a back and forth match that ended with Jonathan winning 14-10," he said. "He had been out of practice a few days with the flu during the week. It was his determination and work ethic in practice that allowed him to never quit in a hard fought win."
Fernando Gonzalez also had an exciting match, pinning his opponent in the final seconds.
"Fernando was dominant in the match and the guy fought hard not to get pinned," he said.
The regular season for the Kodiaks wraps up this week with a match Thursday at league leader Chelan. On Saturday, the regular season wraps up at Cashmere, with matches against Omak and Okanogan.
Arnold hopes Garrett Burris returns from injury this week. Junior Cody Fritz-O'Brien was lost for the season last week with a knee injury.
"I am proud of the effort Cody put into the season," he said. "Please keep Cody and his family in your thoughts and prayers. In his extended family, they have lost two homes to fire. Life has been pretty heavy on this young man. I know he will overcome this injury and be ready for his senior season next winter."
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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