By Geno Ludwig/Staff Correspondent
Two Cougar wrestlers brought home medals from the season-opening Deer Park Invitational Tournament last Saturday. Conner Krouse earned the second place medal in the 220-pound weight division, and Dayton Smith earned third place hardware in the 113-pound bracket.
Krouse fought his way into the championship finals, but lost the title bout.
Smith started the day with a pair of pins. He pinned Jeremy Blom from Cheney in 3:10. He then pinned Cole Roman from Riverside in 31 seconds.
His lone loss was a 4-0 decision to Jeremiah Salcedo from Granger. In his last bout, Smith pinned Kyron Ray from Colville in 4:57 to capture the third place medal.
Like Smith, Krouse opened the tournament with two pins. First, he pinned Amir Nuriddeen from Deer Park in 21 seconds. Next, he pinned Shadle Park’s Keaten Tarr in 3:37. In the finals, however, he was pinned by Noel Orozco from Granger in 5:02.
Jerry Kramer won two bouts, a pin and an 8-6 decision in the 120-pound bracket. Also winning matches were Jake Jeanneret, Kaden Mackowiak, Wade Baker, and Gage Smith.
Krouse is currently ranked second in the195-pound weight class behind Juan Zamora from Granger. Smith did not appear in the first class-1A top ten rankings. The only other Cougar to make the list was 145-pounder Kaden Mackowiak, who was ranked fourth in the 132-pound weight division.
Rankings will change over the next few weeks as wrestlers shrink into their expected weights and more results are posted.
The young Cougars received a rough initiation to the mat, competing in one of the most prestigious tournaments in the early part of the season. In all, seven won matches, although only the two made it to the medal round. A few had a quick introduction to the sport, being eliminated after two trips to the mat.
Nonetheless, the experience was a step forward.
This Thursday, the Cougars will host Colville in one of their three home matches this season. On Saturday, they will compete in the Othello Tournament. In the first publishing of the state rankings by the Washington Wrestling Report, four Northeast A Teams were included in the top ten. This first listing looks back on state tournament medalists and participants to rank teams at the beginning of the season.
Dixon places fifth for Springdale
Going up against programs and schools much bigger than Mary Walker, Randy Dixon placed fifth in the 126-pound weight class to kick off the season for the Chargers.
Dixon pinned West Valley’s Bryn Jones in his first round matchup, then picked up another pin against Granger’s Diego Isiordia. He fell to Freeman’s Logan Holt in a tight 4-3 decision and then lost to Lakeside’s Andrew Smith 9-4 in the third-fifth place match.
Here are the top ranked 1A wrestling teams in the state…
3. Deer Park
7. Castle Rock
Deer Park Tournament Team Scores
Mead 251, Granger 194, Colville 154, Mt. Spokane 134, Deer Park 125, Ferris 101, Lakeside,97, Freeman 5, Central Valley 76, Clarkston 74, Cheney 64, Lewis & Clark 62, Chewelah 52, Chelan 36, Shadle Park 34, Riverside 23, Springdale 23, West Valley 18