|2/6/2013 1:37:00 PM|
Kodiaks send two wrestlers to Regional Wrestling Tournament
League newcomer Quincy dominated the Caribou Trail League District Wrestling Tournament last Friday and Saturday at Cashmere High School. Because of this, there were fewer chances for the Cascade Kodiaks to grab spots to the Regional Tournament.
Two Kodiak wrestlers did manage to punch their tickets to Regionals, 220 pound sophomore Bernardo Maravilla and 182 pound senior Nikita Stata. Maravilla finished second, while Stata was third. The top four wrestlers in each weight class advanced.
Cascade Wrestling Coach Josh Arnold said Maravilla is the first Cascade wrestler to make the district finals in the past five years.
"I was very proud of his effort. He came back from an injury to his ear, so it was a great tournament for him," Arnold said. "Nikita came back through consolations to get third, so it was a great tournament for him."
Arnold said their numbers to Regionals are down this year, but also there were only six schools involved in 2012. Quincy and Brewster are new to the league, and grabbed their share of spots, especially the Jacks.
"Quincy did a lot of damage. They are the largest 1A school in the state," he said. "Their numbers in the wrestling program are up. They've doubled up in a lot of weight classes. They have good competition at every practice. They did the best job at the tournament."
The other hopefuls for Regionals included Juniors Nathaniel Merry (195), Fernando Gonzalez (160) and Michael Sorensen (285). Sorensen won his opening match by a pin, but was forced to default in the semifinals due to an injury. He ended up finishing sixth, as did sophomore Jonathan Blake (120).
"Nathaniel and Fernando both lost in the consolation bracket to people that they maybe could have beat," he said. "Little bitter about the results, but that is wrestling."
Both Merry and Gonzalez finished fifth, so are alternates to the Regional Tournament. They would only wrestle if, for some reason, one of the top four wrestlers in their category cannot wrestle.
The Regional Tournament is Friday and Saturday in Chelan, involving wrestlers from the Caribou Trail League and Northeast A League. The top four advance to State. Arnold is hoping his grapplers can advance to State, but he knows the road will be tough.
"They have to win two before they lose two. Winning those first two would guarantee them a ticket to State," he said. "Every match will be tough. The Northeast A League will have their best four and we'll have our best four and see how we do."
Arnold said everybody on the team will continue to practice this week, to cheer on their teammates and prepare them for the Regional Tournament.
Ian Dunn can be reached at 548-5286 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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