MAT CATS FINISH SEASON: Mat Cat wrestlers attended the last tournament of the season at the Spokane Convention Center on Saturday, April 12. This is the largest Little Guy Wrestling tournament in the State and has made Guiness Book of World Records. We have shared pictures of our Medalists this season but we also want to mention that the entire team, all the coaches and parents are also recognized for the commitment and dedication shown with practices and all day Saturday tournaments for the 6 week season. We enjoyed cheering on our wrestlers and sharing our families for such a great season. Thank you to all. Pictured here are the Mat Cat Wrestlers that wrestled for Medals in the Championship round in Spokane. Pictured: Nolan Jeanneret 3rd, Malachi Norris 3rd, Logan Link 4th, Jake Jeanneret, 4th, Chad Glover 3rd, Levi Miller 2nd, Ryan Erickson, 2nd, Amber Glover 3rd, Dekota Acosta 2nd/ Not pictured is Dakota Lundquist 4th.Submitted by Chewelah Mat Cats
Chewelah Mat Cat Wrestling Club hosted a wrestling tournament on March 30, 2013. The following kids medaled at the tournament: Front row (l-r) Amber Glover-1st, Dekota Acosta-2nd, Mason Ebert-1st, Nolan Jeanneret-1st, Shade Krausz-4th, Miles Krausz-3rd, Logan Link-2nd, Jared Haden-3rd, Malaki Norris-1st. Back row (l-r) Ryan Erickson-2nd, WIll Frizzell-2nd, Levi Miller-3rd, Ben Frizzell-3rd, Jake Jeanneret-2nd, Chad Glover-1st, Cody Gilroy-3rd, Clayton Jeanneret-1st. Not pictured: Blake Burya-1st, Bode Katzer-1st, Wyatt Acord-2nd, Gavin Eggleston-2nd, Glen Eggleston-3rd, Clancy Eggleston-3rd, Justyce Acosta-4th, Zeke Crockett-4th. Great job to all our Mat Cat Wrestlers and Coaches.
Adam Collins will lead a contingent of six Chewelah wrestlers to this year’s Mat Classic XXV state wrestling tournament in the Tacoma Dome.
Collins swept the 170-pound weight division at the Bi-District Tournament in Chelan last weekend, winning all three of his matches. He is currently the second-ranked 170-pounder in the state going into this weekend’s finale.
“At Chelan, Adam defeated the third-ranked and the fifth-ranked wrestlers in the state in this weight bracket,” said Coach Patrick Mitchell. “Early in the season, he defeated the top-ranked kid.”
Collins easily handled fifth-ranked Bobby Anderson from Chelan, winning that bout by a 10-3 score. He then pinned third-ranked Cody Harvill from Omak in the championship finals.
In his first outing in the state tournament, Collins will face Noah Son from Cascade Christian.
Placing second in their respective weight brackets for the Cougars were Russell Smith and Dustin Olson. Both wrestlers won their first two matches, but they lost in the championship finals.
“Dustin weighed in at 223 pounds,” explained Coach Mitchell. “His opponent in the finals, Louis Garcia from Chelan weighed in at 283. He outweighed Dustin by 60 pounds, and he is the top-ranked heavyweight in the state.”
Smith won a pair of decisions to get into the finals at Chelan. In his opening match at state, he will battle Brandon Marquez from Mabton.
Olson pinned his first two opponents at the bi-district tournament. He will meet Miguel Morales from Forks in his first state tournament match.
Dustin Crowell, Josh Hanley, and Matthew Crise will also wrestle in this year’s state championships in the Tacoma Dome. All three won two of their bouts at Chelan last weekend and placed fourth in their respective weight brackets. Crowell and Hanley each had a pin and a decision. Crise pinned two opponents.
“Dustin was behind by two points with just a few seconds left in his first match,” explained Mitchell. “But, Dustin got an escape and a takedown to win it, 11-10.”
Action will take place on 26 mats in the Tacoma Dome where all four state classifications will vie for state titles, plus a girls’ bracket. Four mats will be reserved for the 1A classification in which Chewelah’s wrestlers will compete.
The Cougars will leave for the coast on Thursday morning. The first matches on Friday are scheduled for 10:00 a.m.
Bi-District 6/7 Tournament
113: George Dreiszus – pinned by Martinez (Quincy), 3:26, lost to Klepec (Okanogan), 7-0, eliminated.
113: Matthew Crise – lost to Peterson, (Tonasket), 11-7, pinned McNeilly (Freeman), 3:36, pinned Ulland (Lakeside), 3:18, pinned by Klepec (Okanogan), 2:20, placed fourth.
126: Kyle Connall – lost to Stedtfield (Tonasket), 12-4, defeated Thompson (Cashmere), 13-4, lost to Vera (Chelan), 13-5, lost to Jack (Riverside), 5-3, placed sixth.
138: Dustin Crowell – defeated Truini (Chelan), 11-10, pinned by James (Cashmere), 3:40, defeated Schmidlkofer (Freeman), 17-3, pinned by Aguilar (Omak), 2:48, placed fourth.
152: Connor Fulbright – lost to Bushman (Quincy), 15-2, defeated Miller (Riverside, 3-2, pinned by Trudeaux (Omak), 3:21, pinned by Finley (Newport), 2:21, placed sixth.
152: Russell Smith – defeated Ranck (Okanogan), 8-2, defeated Trudeaux (Omak), 8-4, pinned by Bushman (Quincy), 2:34, placed second.
160: Nathaniel Finley – pinned by Booker (Tonasket), 0.42, pinned by Wilcox (Riverside), 0:36, eliminated.
170: Jamie Olson – pinned by Harvill (Omak), 1:32, pinned by Gomez (Quincy), 3:15, eliminated.
170: Adam Collins – pinned Knowlton (Tonasket), 1:05, defeated Anderson (Chelan), 10-3, pinned Harville (Omak), 4:36, placed first.
195: Josh Hanley – lost to Rowley (Tonasket), 10-0, pinned Lee (Riverside), 3:59, defeated Dring (Riverside), 10-3, lost to Rowley (Tonasket), 4-0, placed fourth.
285: Dustin Olson – pinned Montez (Chelan), 3:39, pinned Kearney (Medical Lake), 4:14, pinned by Garcia (Chelan), 1:21, placed second.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Cougar wrestlers placed 4th at Chelan. Six wrestlers will be representing Chewelah at state. Pictured are (l-r) Coach Eric Ecklund, Coach Patrick Mitchell, Josh Hanley- 4th, Matthew Crise- 4th, Dustin Olson- 2nd, Dustin Crowell- 4th, Adam Collins- 1st, Russell Smith- 2nd, Coach Jim Fisk. Mickey Olson photo
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
Chewelah’s dream of a league wrestling championship was dealt a severe setback last Thursday night at Freeman when the Cougars were dominated by the Scotties by a 39-24 score.
“We didn’t wrestle very well,” said Coach Patrick Mitchell. “We lost some matches we had never planned on losing.”
When all was said and done, the Cougars had won only five bouts on the mat. Adam Collins, Russell Smith, and Josh Hanley pinned their Freeman opponents. Matthew Crise and Kyle Connall both won decisions. The remaining matches were won by the Scotties.
Collins earned Chewelah’s only first round pin as he won the 170-pound bout. Smith pinned his opponent in the second round of the 152-pound match. Hanley earned a third round pin in the 220-pound pairing.
Connall scored a 9-2 decision. Crise’s win was by a narrow 8-7 score.
Chewelah lost two bouts by a single point. Connor Fulbright was beaten 2-1 in the 160-pound bout. Dustin Olson lost the heavyweight match by a 1-0 score.
The Cougars went into this dual meet with an undefeated 3-0 league record. This loss left Freeman as the lone undefeated team in the league. Chewelah will host Medical Lake here on Thursday at 7:00 in what appears to be another tough outing for the Cougars. They finish their league schedule at Newport on Tuesday.
Chewelah got past Riverside on Tuesday when the Cougars defeated the Rams 43-35 in an away meet.
Adam Collins and Josh Hanley both pinned their Ram opponents in the second round. Dustin Olson and Dustin Crowell followed with pins in the third round.
Collins scored two takedowns and two near-falls in the opening round of his 170-pound bout to take a 10-1 lead on the scoreboard. He then got the pin with 11 seconds remaining in the second round.
Hanley scored two takedowns and an escape to take a 5-0 lead after one round of the 220-pound bout. He rolled his opponent onto his back for the pin with 13 seconds left in the second round.
After trailing 5-1 early in his 285-pound match, Olson tied the score with a takedown and near-fall in the second round. He went on to score a reversal in the third round before pinning his Riverside opponent.
Crowell had a 2-0 lead going into the third round. He scored a reversal and then got the pin with 1:18 remaining in the round.
Hunter Daniels fought to a 13-5 major decision in the 195-pound match. His score included five takedowns.
Russell Smith was behind 4-1 going into the third round of his 152-pound bout. He scored a reversal and a near-fall to win by a 5-4 final score.
Riverside did not fill the 113-pound weight division, so George Dreiszus was awarded the win by forfeit.
Chewelah 43, Riverside 35
113: George Dreisaus (Chew), won by forfeit. 120: Love (Riv) pinned James Gilreath (Chew), 5:01. 126: Calder (Riv) pinned Andrew Hansen (Chew), 2:50. 132: Jack (Riv) defeated Kyle Conrall (Chew), 18-5. 138: Dustin Crowell (Chew) pinned Lenz (Riv), 4:42. 145: Webb (Riv) defeated Quenton Smith (Chew), 12-. 152: Russell Smith (Chew) defeated Proctor (Riv), 5-4. 160: Miller (Riv) defeated Fulbright (Chew), 2-0. 170: Adam Collins (Chew) pinned Wilcox (Riv), 3:49. 182: Crabtree (Riv) pinned Ryan Bell Chew), 0:29. 195: Hunter Daniels (Chew) defeated Wood (Riv), 13-5. 220: Josh Hanley (Chew) pinned B. Lee (Riv), 3:47. 285: Dustin Olson (Chew) pinned T. Lee (Riv), 4:31.
Freeman 39, Chewelah 24
106: Roche (Fre), won by forfeit. 113: McNeilly (Fre) defeated George Dreiszus (Chew), 7-0. 120: Matthew Crise (Chew) defeated Smith (Fre). 8-7. 126: Goldbach (Fre) defeated Johnathan Crise (Chew), 13-5. 132: Kyle Connall (Chew) defeated Crane (Fre), 9-2. 138: Sims (Fre) pinned Dustin Crowell (Chew), 4:59. 145: Hoppmann (Fre) defeated Quenton Smith (Chew), 17-2. 152: Russell Smith (Chew) pinned Forshag (Chew), 3:06. 160: Smith (Fre) defeated Connor Fulbright (Chew), 2-1. 170: Adam Collins (Chew) pinned Hyta (Fre), 2:00. 182: Munson (Fre) pinned Jamie Olson (Chew), 1:53. 195: Goldbach (Fre) defeated Ryan Bell (Chew), 11-5. 220: Josh Hanley (Chew) pinned Hogan (Fre), 4:34. 285: Glidewell (Fre) defeated Dustin Olson (Chew), 1-0.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Wesley Mack wrestling at Freeman. Mickey Olson photo
Russell Smith and Adam Collins battled their way through brackets loaded with 3A and 4A wrestlers to win weight division championships last Saturday at the annual M-2 Mallet Tournament hosted by Rogers High School.
“This is probably the best we’ve done at this tournament over the past three years,” said Coach Patrick Mitchell. “For the most part, we wrestled the number two kids from the Greater Spokane League schools, but still, they were very good opponents.”
Smith pinned Brayden Schmick from Ferris High School in less than a minute of the championship finals to earn the tournament’s 152-pound title.
In his first match of the tournament, Smith pinned Wyatt Ginter from Pateros. Next, he scored another first round pin against John Ross from Mt. Spokane. That put Smith into the semifinals, where he pinned Daeri Alderman from Mead in the second round.
Collins won the 170-pound weight division bracket by pinning Richard Olsen from Mead High School in the second round of the championship finals. Collins opened the tournament with three pins, two in the first round and one in the second round.
Cougar 220-pounder Dustin Olson also fought his way into the championship finals, but had to settle for a second place finish. Olson won his first three matches of the tournament, but lost his last bout to Robinson from Rogers via a first round pin. Olson pinned his first three opponents. He had two first round pins and one second round pin.
Chewelah had two other medalists. Dustin Crowell finished fifth in the 138-pound weight division, and James Gilreath placed sixth in the 120-pound weight bracket.
As a team, the Cougars placed seventh. Among the teams they outscored were Lewis and Clark and Shadle Park. The only other Northeast A League team competing in the tournament was Medical Lake, which placed behind Chewelah in eighth place.
M-2 Mallet Tournament
Team scoring: University 247, Mead 171, Central Valley 170.5, Rogers 166, Mt. Spokane 165, Ferris 161, Chewelah 119, Medical Lake 108, Rogers JV 43, Lewis and Clark 40, Northwest Christian 39, Pateros 15.5, Shadle Park 14.
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
In This Photo: Kim Johnstone photo
It was a short turnaround for the Chewelah Cougar basketball team who played their last football game on Saturday and started basketball practice the following Monday.
After two weeks in the gym, Coach Rocky Verbeck has his 31 players divided into three teams for the quickly approaching 2012-13 season.
Likewise, the Lady Cougars have gotten in two full weeks of practice with 23 girls divided by Coach Tom Skok into two teams to prepare for their opener here this Saturday. The Lady Cougars will not have a C squad team this winter.
The Cougars hoopsters will begin this season with three home games. The first will be against St. George’s this Saturday, December 1. Next, the Deer Park Stags will come here for another non-league encounter on Tuesday, December 4. The girls will play first at 5:15, with the boys following at 7:30.
Then, on Saturday, December 8, Northwest Christian will be here. Those games will begin an hour earlier, with the girls starting at 4:15 and the boys playing at 6:30.
The Cougar wrestlers will also face their first competition this weekend when they battle for medals at the Deer Park Invitational.
Coach Verbeck has placed nine seniors on his varsity squad. All are veteran players and half were members of last year’s varsity team. Returning starters are Derek Smith, Brandon Smith, and Ben Johnstone, along with Caleb Wiebe who was the first player off the bench as sixth man. Joining them are Tommy Norman, Brady Flanagan, Cordell Bean, Springdale transfer Deylin Peone, and German foreign exchange student Lars Berger.
There are 11 players on the junior varsity team and 11 on the C squad.
“With just a couple of exceptions, everyone on the team is about 6’2″ tall,” said Verbeck. “They’re like a row of fence posts.”
With the loss of 6’7″ Andrew Pugh to graduation, there are no players with height in the lineup this season for the Cougar boys.
“We have had good practices,” continued Verbeck. “The kids have come to practice with their football attitude, so they are highly competitive. They like each other, but they also get mad at each other on the floor because they are so competitive. Then, they become friends again after practice.”
Coach Verbeck believes each of the three teams will have a good blend of players. The JV and C squad teams will be made up of juniors, sophomores, and freshmen.
The Lady Cougars will return five varsity starters. They are seniors Ryann Richmond, Mikaela Hopkins, Katelyn Garner, and Brittney Wuesthoff, along with junior Sydney Katzer.
Every starter, with the exception of Lavonne Smith, is back.
Also wearing varsity uniforms will be senior Shiloh Schneider, junior Patty Hernandez and sophomores Amanda Pugh, Kaitlin Krouse, and Kara Frederick.
Coach Tom Skok is blessed with guards. He returns three senior guards and a couple of underclassmen. In the front court he has returning varsity players Katzer, Krouse, and Pugh.
“Practices have been very competitive because the younger kids have been challenging the older girls to work harder,” said Coach Skok. “If we can get some fire from these girls, we should be competitive within our league this year. Our second team is competing hard with the first team. I’d even say the second team is pushing the first team. That has made practices very competitive.
“The girls made a lot of progress over the summer, and the younger kids got a lot better playing summer ball. We played Colville twice over the summer and we got a lot better between those two games.
“We will have lots of outside shooters this season. Brittney was our best shooter last year until she got injured. Ryann has been shooting a lot better like she did at the end of the summer. So, we will have kids who can score from the perimeter.
“We will also have some size inside with Kaitlin and Sidney, so we hope to build our inside game this season. Kaitlin is 5’11”. She will make opponents adjust their inside shooting to get over the top of her. She is so much stronger and quicker, and her footwork is a lot smoother. She’s going to make a difference for us on the inside this season.”
With three home games in a row to begin their season, playing in front of a standing room only home crowd would help get this season off to a good start for both varsity basketball teams.
Three state tournament veterans give Coach Patrick Mitchell a nucleus of experienced wrestlers to build a team around this winter. Russell Smith and Adam Collins return as state medalists. Josh Hanley begins this new season as a state competitor.
Smith brought home a fifth place medal from the Tacoma Dome. Collins came home with a seventh medal.
Hanley, Dustin Olson, James Gilreath, and Kyle Connall bring regional level experience to the mat for the Cougars.
The big question going into the season for the Cougars is: Will they be able to fill enough weight classes to be competitive on the scoreboard in league matches?
By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff
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