QUINCY - Chelan’s wrestling team hit the road and brought their A-game to the WIAA Region 4 Regional Wrestling Tournament hosted at Quincy High School. The stakes were high, with the top three placers in each weight class securing a coveted spot in the upcoming WIAA State Tournament.
One standout performance came from the talented 126-pound sophomore, Sebastian Cisneros. Ranked #6 in the state, Cisneros dominated his competition, securing a pin over Riverside in the second period, followed by another impressive pin over the #10 state-ranked Greenhagen from Colville High School. In a challenging match against the #9 state-ranked Allen from Freeman, Cisneros clinched a 3-0 decision win, securing a well-deserved 1st place and a state berth to the Mat Classic
Senior Ron Hooten battled in the 150-pound category, facing tough opponents throughout the tournament. Despite a 1-4 decision loss to the #6 state-ranked Berger from Deer Park, Hooten showcased resilience with a second-period pin over Hawk from Freeman. He then moved on to a 3-8 decision loss to the # 7 ranked wrestler being Garcia From Omak. Hooten ultimately secured a 6th place finish by taking down Daily from Deer Park in a Sudden Overtime Victoryin a highly competitive bracket to finish out his career as a Mountain Goat Wrestler. Thank you Ron!!
Freshman Maddoc Finch at 157 pounds exhibited determination with a swift pin over Hyatt from Newport High School in just 46 seconds. Despite facing adversity, including a loss to the #5 state-ranked DesRoches from Riverside and a loss to Medical Lake, Finch rallied with a 3-1 vicotry over Graves from Cashmere High School and secured a 5th place finish.
Zimri Kelling, a sophomore at 165 pounds, faced tough competition, including a loss by pin to McDaniel from Newport High School. Kelling showcased resilience with a pin over Bernal from Quincy High School where he would then lose to the # 6 ranked Scapelli of Riverside High School. He ended the day with an impressive OT sudden victory win (6-4) over Duran from Omak High School, ultimately earning a 5th place finish.
In the girls’ division (1B/2B/1A/2A), senior Amiee Gordon competed at 125 pounds. Despite a tough loss by pin to the #9 state-ranked Haden from Chewelah High School, Gordon bounced back with a quick 15-second pin over Santos from 2A Ephrata High School. Gordon continued her strong performance with another pin over Flores from Royal High School. This was followed by a late loss by Pin to the #9 ranked Haden of Chewelah High School ultimately securing a 4th place finish and earning an alternate spot at the state level. Amiee will travel with the team in the event that a wrestler does not meet the requirements for the Mat Classic.
Coach Linton Adds, “We competed really hard today. Everyone came and wrestled the best they’ve wrestled all season which was a lot of fun to see. We have a really young team and for some of our freshman and sophomore’s to be competing so well with top ranked opponents is really encouraging. We still have one and possibly two more wrestlers in the state tournament so we will be going back to work Monday.”
The Goats will send Gordon and Cisneros off on Thursday (Time TBD). The Mat Classic in Tacoma starts at 10 am on Friday!
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