By Geno Ludwig/The Independent Staff
Northeast A League 195-pounders beware! Chewelah’s Conner Krouse has dropped down to this weight class and recently placed third at the Tri-State Tournament in Coeur d’Alene.
Before dropping down, he was ranked second in the state in the 220-pound weight class.
Now, as a 195-pounder, Krouse is a prime contender for a state championship.
At Tri-State, Krouse won four of his five bouts on the mat after being awarded a first round bye. He pinned his first two opponents, one in 30 seconds and the other early in the second round.
Krouse lost in the tournament semifinals by a 5-2 decision, but came right back to win an 8-0 major decision.
He then won the match for third place by injury default.
Kaden Mackowiak and Dayton Smith also competed in the prestigious tournament that draws wrestlers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. Neither Cougar made it into the medal rounds, but both battled hard. Mackowiak scored a pair of second round pins to begin the tournament on Friday, one in 2:53 and the other in 2:48. However, he lost by fall in the quarterfinal pairing and then lost a 6-3 decision. Both of his losses were to opponents who received medals in the 138-pound bracket.
Smith lost both of his bouts by decision in the 113-pound bracket. He was outscored 9-2 in his first match. He then lost a close 2-1 decision in his second tie on the mat.
Springdale also entered three wrestlers in the Tri-State tournament. Charger 126-pounder Randy Dixon won two matches, and 220-pounder Hunter Schurger won one. Matt Donahue also competed. With only three wrestlers competing, Chewelah still placed 35th in the tournament.
Colville was the league’s top finisher, placing 12th . Lakeside was 22nd , Deer Park was 25th, Freeman was 32nd and Riverside was 40th. Altogether, league wrestlers brought home eight medals, including one tournament champion.
Chewelah’s match at Medical Lake last Thursday was cancelled because of the bomb scare at Jenkins High School.
Hopefully, it will be rescheduled. Over the Christmas break, the Cougars will compete in tournaments at Cashmere and Royal City.
“I sure hope our Medical Lake match can be rescheduled,” said Couch Tim Slater. “Our teams match up really good, and it should be a good battle.”