Kalama Rubber Chicken
KALAMA — Batting 7-for-7 in the title round, Montesano finished second in the Kalama Rubber Chicken Tournament on Saturday.
Despite competing short-handed due to illness, the Bulldogs wound up only 2 1/2 points behind team champion Sultan.
“We didn’t fill all our weights,” Montesano coach Jeff Klinger said. “To lose by only 2 1/2, the kids wrestled great. All seven finalists won, that’s outstanding.”
Montesano’s Tony Williams and Austin Cain were selected as the tourney’s outstanding wrestlers, in the lighter and heavier weights classifications.
Williams blanked Kelso’s Jakob Webb by technical fall, 15-0, to win the 138-pound championship.
Reigning state champion Cain pinned Elma’s Matt Hitchiner in 55 seconds of the 160-pound final.
Jacob Ellefson (126), Tyler Izatt (132), Carson Klinger (152), Kai Olson (170) and Taylor Rupe (285) were the other Bulldog champions.
Hoquiam’s Artimus Johnson won the 182-pound title.
Rupe needed two overtimes to outlast Toledo-Winlock’s Dalton Yoder, 4-3, in the heavyweight final. Olson edged Sultan’s Kaleb Dennis, 5-3, to win his classification.
Ellefson decisioned Sultan’s Aidan Fleming, 7-0, in the title match. Izatt concluded his title run with a 3-1 decision over Castle Rock’s Jeran Keogh. Klinger needed only 1:14 to pin Rochester’s Adrian Negrett in the 152-pound final.
Montesano’s Jesse Wojcic tied for third at 170. The third-fourth place matches were not contested.
Hoquiam’s Johnson pinned Sultan’s Anthony Hall with 38 seconds remaining in the 182-pound title bout.
Grizzly 106-pounder Lutra Felten finished second, dropping a 3-0 decision to Woodland’s Josiah Sanders in the championship match. Hoquiam’s Antonio Garcia tied for third at 132.
Elma had two finalists. Colten French was second at 120, losing by technical fall to three-time state placewinner Kaleb Carroll of Castle Rock.
Andrew Persell tied for third at 126 and Justin Sample tied for third at 145.
Eagle coach Adam Catterlin was particularly pleased with the showing of Hitchiner.
“He had an outstanding tournament. He had three amazing matches to get into the finals,” Catterlin said. “Kalama was an extremely tough tournament this year, there were a lot of state placers. I thought our guys wrestled outstanding.”
Other Grays Harbor results were not immediately reported.
PUYALLUP — Jenna Doll won the 155-pound title to help Hoquiam to a runner-up finish in Puyallup’s Viking Invitational on Saturday.
At full strength for the first time this season, with seven girls participating, the Grizzlies trailed only Rogers of Puyallup in the team standings. Five Grizzlies advanced to the semifinals.
“We only have seven girls wrestling, so that’s pretty awesome, considering the team that (finished ahead of us) had 18-20 girls,” HHS coach Buck Giles said. “Everyone wrestled very well and we’re steadily ramping up for the postseason.”
Doll pinned Rogers’ Taylor Adriance in the first round of the 155-pound final.
Hoquiam’s Bianca Lopez placed second at 105 pounds. Jefferson’s Raise Pleasants, third at state last year, downed Lopez via technical fall in the title contest.
Elyse Goulet was Hoquiam’s other placewinner, taking co-third at 125 pounds (the third-fourth place matches were not contested).
The Grizzlies will compete in the Lady Wolfpack Tournament hosted by Jackson High School in the Everett area on Saturday.