(BRANDON HANSEN/Managing Editor of the Chewelah Independent)
With this weekend’s Mat Cat tournament heading to JJSHS, it refreshed my memories of wrestling as a youth where I amassed an impressive 1-23 record and fixed more wrestling matches than Vince McMahon. You see, unlike the two recent state champions that Chewelah crowned, I was not a hard-nosed wrestler. The time standing in line waiting for my match to start was spent with me explaining to my opponent why he should let me perform a few take downs and vise versa, just to keep the crowd happy and give both sets of parents what they wanted to see: a competitive wrestling match.
Needless to say, after two years of Mat Cats, my parents let me know “they could tell I wasn’t a wrestler.” But what they didn’t realize is this set me on a road to become a journalist to pull the curtain back on the world of seven-year olds fixing youth wrestling matches so they didn’t look like fools in public.
If you’re a wrestling fan, it might be worth going down to Pein Lynch Gym over the weekend to see some of the tiny wrestlers. If you’re not yelling like some dads probably will, it will be an enjoyable bit of entertainment. My favorite are the kids who:
1. Hawk over the snack table like batman and take at least 30 orange slices
2. Can never get their headgear to fit, no matter what
3. Treat getting pinned like its all good fun and enjoyable. These kids are the best. “Oh I got pinned? Well, by gawrsh. Is it over? Can I go play out in the lobby now?”
I feel like I’m obsessed with the Nordlig Motel being the former homestead of Colonel Jenkins after whom our schools are named after. That means the motel office is done with turn of the century craftmanship. Are their secret rooms and trap doors? Are there like Civil War sabres in the basement? What did the house overlook when the highway didn’t cut through town? It must of had a great view of the park.
Either way, it’s great that Chewelah can have a cool historical motel like the Nordlig. Now quick, everyone go into Sety’s and tell Paul he needs to turn his building back into a hotel, but provide no funding or business plan. Just tell him to do it because you said so. Business owners love when people do that.
THE BIGGEST GONZAGA FAN IN CHEWELAH
I want to host a “biggest Gonzaga fan in Chewelah” contest. So if you think you are the biggest Gonzaga fan in the town, fill out these simple questions and return them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
BIGGEST ZAG FAN
Why do you root for the Zags?
Who is your favorite player now or historically?
What have you skipped to watch a Zag game? Work? School? A wedding?
The winner of the contest will get something. I also have to finish up the cutest cat in Chewelah contest. I’m working on it! I just need to get a few more photos of the cute cougars roaming around in the mountains.
Larry Frownfelter is a well known former teacher and community member in Chewelah. He and I were talking about the weather and how much snow we got in February and March. He recalled driving through Wyoming and seeing large signs with arms that would come down and block the passage of cars. “If closed because of storm, return to nearest town.” I didn’t realize Wyoming was basically one big Monopoly board where if you didn’t travel in sunny conditions, you had to go back to jail and you didn’t get to pass Go.