Chewelah won four weight division championships at the District 7 Tournament at Medical Lake last Saturday and qualified ten Cougar wrestlers for this weekend’s Bi District Tournament at Chelan.
Winning their bouts in the championship finals were Matthew Crise, Russell Smith, Adam Collins, and Dustin Olson.
Crise shocked Lakeside’s Jacob Ulland, pinning the tenth-ranked 113-pounder with 55 seconds remaining in the second round of their championship match. Crise is a freshman. Ulland is a state veteran senior.
“Matthew lost the opening takedown,” explained Coach Patrick Mitchell, “but he came right back with a reversal and a three-point near-fall before pinning Ulland with a nearside cradle in the second round.”
Smith scored a 10-2 major decision over Riverside’s Darrin Miller to win the 152-pound championship bout. He pinned his first opponent in less than a minute and won his second match by injury default.
Collins took only 52 seconds to win the championship of the 170-pound weight division when he pinned Austin Anderson from Kettle Falls halfway through the first round. Collins pinned his first opponent in only 48 seconds. So, altogether, he spent only 100 seconds on the mat.
Olson won the 285-pound district championship by pinning Alex Solis from Newport with 16 seconds remaining in the second round. In his one other match, he pinned his opponent in the first round.
All four Cougar champions went undefeated through the tournament, winning all of their bouts. Some had to wrestle only twice because they were given a first round bye.
Placing second in their respective weight brackets were Josh Hanley and Dustin Crowell. Finishing third was Kyle Connall. Placing fourth were George Dreiszus, Connor Fulbright, and Jamie Olson.
The top four finishers in each weight class will advance to the Bi-District Tournament in Chelan this weekend.
District 7 Tournament
113: George Dreiszus – defeated by McNeilly (Free) 11-0, defeated Anderson (KF) injury default, defeated by McNeilly (Free) 9-3, placed fourth.
113: Matthew Crise – defeated Anderson (KF) injury default, pinned Ulland (Lake) 3:05, placed first.
120: Johnathan Crise – lost to Judd (Lake) 16-1, lost to Klemke (ML) 14-0, pinned by Ahrendt (Lake) 2:00, placed sixth.
126: Kyle Connall – pinned Braun (Lake) 0.42, pinned by Jack (Riv) 5:38, pinned Crane (Free) 2:32, defeated Goldback (Free) 5-3, placed third.
132: Zach Armstrong – pinned by Lauderdale, (Lake) 0:30, pinned by Brudage (ML), 3:57, eliminated.
138: Dustin Crowell – pinned Collins (Lake) 0:21, defeated Schmidlkofer (Free) 9-5, pinned by King (ML) 3:47, placed second
145: Quenton Smith – pinned by Proctor (Riv) 5:07, lost to Forshag (Free) 8-0, lost to Lobtzenhiser (ML) 16-2, placed sixth.
152: Connor Fulbright – pinned Hansen (Free) 5:05, lost to Smith (Chew) injury default, defeated Hyde (KF) 11-5, pinned by Finley (New) 4:29, placed fourth.
152: Russell Smith – pinned Fitzgerald (ML) 0:59, defeated Fulbright (Chew) injury default, defeated Miller (Riv) 10-2 major decision, placed first.
160: Nathaniel Finley – pinned by Sears (New) 3:53, pinned by Justus (Lake) 0:23, pinned Penn (ML) 2:16, placed fifth.
160 – Riley Olson – pinned by Wilcox (Riv) 0:53, pinned by Penn (ML) 0:40, eliminated.
170: Jamie Olson – lost to Hyta (Free) 8-3, defeated Kissack (ML) 8-6, lost to Hyta (Free) 4-1, placed fourth.
170: Adam Collins – pinned Hyta (Free) 0:48, pinned Anderson (KF) 0:52, placed first.
182: Ryan Bell – lost to Thompson (New) 3-0, pinned by Munson (Free), 1:37, defeated Guldry (ML) 12-2 major decision, placed fifth.
195: Josh Hanley – pinned Lee (Riv) 3:59, pinned by Dring (Lake) 2:57, placed second.
285: Dustin Olson – pinned Sohl (KF) 1:32, pinned Solis (New) 3:44, placed first.
Team scoring: Freeman 245, Chewelah 205, Riverside 177.5, Medical Lake 164, Lakeside 156.5, Newport 90, Kettle Falls 80.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Back Row: Nathaniel Finley- Alt, Josh Hanley- 2nd, Jamie Olson- 4th, Kyle Connall- 3rd, Connor Fulbright-4th, George Dreiszus- 4th.
Front Row: Adam Collins- 1st, Dustin Olson- 1st, Dustin Crowell- 2nd, Russell Smith- 1st, Matthew Crise- 1st. Not Pictured- Ryan Bell- Alt, James Gilreath- Alt. Mickey Olson