Saturday, April 7, was the culminating wrestling meet of the year for 22 of Chewelah’s Mat Cats. The Jason Crawford Memorial Wrestling Tournament, held at the Spokane Convention Center this year, is considered the state tournament for the little guy wrestling program. Teams from as far away as Cle Elum, Yakima, Sunnyside, Wenatchee, and the Tri- Cities converged in Spokane for this one-day event. These teams are all part of the Eastern Washington Little Guy Wrestling League.
The 22 wrestlers, listed below will be in a picture for the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records. With 1,339 participants ages 5-14, this wrestling event is the largest one day event of its kind in the world.
After battling throughout the day, six of our wrestlers made it to the finals. In 4th place, Aaron Norris, 13, 173 lbs, Logan Link, 8, 48 lbs, 3rd place, Jake Jeanneret, 8, 82 lbs, Gage Smith, 10, 71 lbs, Amber Glover, 7, 59 lbs.
This being his last match in Mat Cats, the highlight for Quenton Smith, 13, 139 lbs, wrestling a boy from Benton City, was taking home a 1st place trophy.
The Chewelah Mat Cats team and parents wish to convey a special thanks to Coach Patrick Mitchell, Virgil Smith, Mark Glover, Jeremy Link, Sean Crockett, Johnny Triplett, Billy Frizzell, and Luke Jeanneret and all other dads who helped volunteer their time coaching at practice and meets while building the Mat Cats’ confidence and skills. Also thanks to all those moms like Polly Triplett, Rebecca Dreiszus, Cortney Burya, and Lalee Link for their leadership and organizational skills and for the manning of our score tables.
The following wrestlers participated in the tournament: Mason Ebert,5, Nolan Jeanneret, 5, Malaki Norris, 5, Connrad Bowers, 7, Zeke Crockett, 7, Amber Glover, 7, Joshua Smith, 7, Levi Miller, 8, Logan Link, 8, Nicholas Skok, 9, Wyatt Smith, 9, Blake Burya, 10, Joe Dreiszus, 10, Ryan Erickson, 10, Jake Jeanneret, 10, Benjamin Smith, 10, Gage Smith, 10, Sam Aldous, 11, Angie Erickson, 12, Chad Glover, 12, Aaron Norris, 13, Quenton Smith, 13.
In This Photo: Six Mat Cat wrestlers made it to the finals of the Jason Crawford Memorial Tournament on April 7. Pictured (l-r) are Aaron Norris, 13, 173 lbs, 4th place; Amber Glover, 7, 59 lbs, 3rd place; Quenton Smith, 13, 139 lbs, 1st place; Gage Smith, 10, 71 lbs, 3rd place; Jake Jeanneret, 10, 82 lbs, 3rd place; and Logan Link, 8, 48 lbs, 3rd place. Lillian Smith photo