Three Wrestlers Bring Home State Medals


 Three Chewelah Cougars wrestled in the state tournament last weekend, and three of them came home with medals.

Adam Collins, Russell Smith, and Dustin Olson each returned from Mat Classic XXV in the Tacoma Dome with hardware.

Collins battled all the way to the 170-pound championship finals before losing a close 4-2 match.

Smith won four of his five matches in the 152-pound bracket and placed third overall.

Dustin Olson won three of his five matches in the heavyweight bracket and placed seventh.

Collins Places Second

Collins pinned his first two opponents. He started by pinning Noah Son from Cascade Christian in the second round. Next, he pinned Anthony Louthan from Montesano midway through the first round. His third win was a 7-5 decision over Vashon Island’s Shane Armstrong.

The three victories on the mat vaulted Collins into the 170-pound championship finals.

Unfortunately for Collins, a pair of takedowns beats a pair of escapes, so he lost a narrow 4-2 decision to Alex Myrick from Royal City. Thus, he placed second in his 16-man bracket.

Smith Places Third

Call it sweet revenge. Russell Smith was defeated by Quincy’s Carter Bushman in the finals of the bi-district tournament at Chelan. The two met again in the Tacoma Dome last Saturday in the battle for third and fourth places in the state tournament. This time, it was Smith who won the match in overtime, 10-8, and took home the third place medal.

When the score ended in an 8-8 tie at the end of regulation time, Smith and Bushman faced each other in the center circle of the mat for a sudden death overtime period. The referee blew his whistle, Smith scored a takedown, and the Cougar brought home the third place medal.

The Chewelah 152-pounder won four of his five bouts in this year’s state tournament. He earned two decisions, won a major decision, and had a pin. His lone loss was in the semifinals. Following that loss, Smith won his next two bouts to place third.

Olson Finishes Seventh

Olson came back from a first match loss on Friday to finish the day with consecutive wins. He won a 2-0 decision and followed that up with a 7-3 decision.

Then, Olson was paired with his bi-district nemesis, Louis Garcia from Chelan, to whom he lost the previous week. And, Garcia won again. That sent Olson into the battle for seventh place, which he won by pinning Eatonville’s Chase Demoor early in the third round.

Being a junior, Olson has one more year to improve his placing on the awards stand.

Crise Gets a State Win

Cougar freshman 113-pounder Matthew Crise did not bring home a state medal, but he did win a bout in his first trip to the Tacoma Dome. In his second outing onto the mat, Crise scored a pin 57 seconds into the third round. He lost two matches on Friday and was eliminated.

Dustin Crowell found himself in an extremely tough 138-pound weight bracket. He lost both of his two bouts and was eliminated.

Likewise, Josh Hanley left the tournament after only two bouts. He lost his final 195-pound match in overtime.

Like Olson, Hanley and Crise will return to the team again next winter.

State 1A Tournament

113: Matthew Crise – lost to Matt Gamino (Elma), 19-6 major decision; pinned Hunter Stockfleth (Illwaco). 4:57; lost to Jordan Booth (Castle Rock), 10-1; eliminated.

138: Dustin Crowell – pinned by Casey Heaton (Kalama), 3:32; lost to Christian Sharp (Blaine), 7-4; eliminated.

152: Russell Smith – pinned Brandon Marquez (Mabton), 3:17; defeated Jonathan Molina (Hoquiam), 13-4 major decision; lost to Pacer Said (Castle Rock), 5-0; defeated Tucker Simonton (Columbia Burbank), 8-2; defeated Carter Bushman (Quincy), 10-8 in overtime; placed third.

170: Adam Collins – pinned Noah Son (Cascade Christian), 3:18; pinned Anthony Louthan (Montesano), 1:15; defeated Shane Armstrong (Vashon Island), 7-5; lost to Alex Myrick (Royal City), 4-2; placed second.

195: Josh Hanley – lost to Preston Morris (Vashon Island), 4-1; lost to Nick Lindseth (Hoquiam), 2-0 in overtime; eliminated.

285: Dustin Olson – pinned my Miguel Morales (Forks), 5:10; defeated Louis Jovanovich (Vashon Island), 2-0; defeated Kyle Hall (Riverview), 7-3; pinned by Louis Garcia (Chelan), 1:30; pinned Chase Demoor (Eatonville), 4:38; placed seventh.


By Geno Ludwig, The Independent Staff

In This Photo: Dustin Olson (7th), Russell Smith (3rd) and Adam Collins (2nd) placed out of six Chewelah state qualifiers. Mickey Olson photo