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Wednesday’s Wrestling: W.F. West Earns Wins Over Rochester, Aberdeen at Double Dual

By The Chronicle

ROCHESTER — W.F. West, Centralia, Rochester and Aberdeen all met in Rochester for a wrestling double dual here on Wednesday, with the Bearcats prevailing in both contests while Rochester earned a win over Centralia.

The Bearcats won 55-15 over Aberdeen and 56-12 over Rochester. Wrestlers earning two wins included W.F. West’s Kyle Gray (152 pounds), Chris Powe (182), Isaac Reavis (195), Bryson Boyd (220), Caden Cunningham (113), Darren Gray (120) and Caleb Watlers (132). Evan Moon (160), Chase Conaway (285), Kayden Ryan (106), Bo Davis (126), Mason Morones (138) and  Carver Brennan (160) each earned one win for the Bearcats.

“Overall, these double duals are just kind of a weird night. It’s a strange environment, kind of flat,” W.F. West coach Jamie Rakevich said. “I tried to get a couple of guys in here and there where I could and just get guys set up for seeding in the postseason where we could. I think we were kind of sloppy. I think after the long weekend, we wrestled long and tough on Friday and Saturday, but we kind of had a let down tonight.”

Rochester fell to W.F. West but was able to earn a 36-28 win over Centralia. The Warriors’ Jayden Lancaster (145), Riley Cohron (138) and Tomas Ashton (285) each earned two wins. Jakxen Wheery (182), Nathan Kilmer, Jeremy Brant (120) and Dailin Schlecht (126) each earned a win over Centralia for Rochester.

“W.F. West is tough. Jamie does a good job down there. Our matches were very close. I’m definitely not happy with losing that badly, but props to W.F. West,” Rochester coach Jason Dick said. “Against Centralia, we’ve been training together for a while. It was great to go out there and compete because we have a little bit of rivalry. I’m proud of the way our guys wrestled.”

Dick noted the win by Schlecht over Alex Hicks-Avron, a match Schlecht lost last Saturday at the Bearcat Invite and Dick was pleased he was able to pull out a win on Wednesday.

Centralia fell to Aberdeen 42-31. Eddie Matias (132), Justin Lake (145) and Caleb Hyton (170) each earned two wins for the Tigers.

“We did not have a great night but did take some steps forward. We are really trying to get our wrestlers to understand that they all have to do their own part, set team goals, and work hard towards those goals,” Centralia coach Scott Phillips said. “We had several kids decide to skip practice, or go up a weight so we forfeited three weight classes for every dual. We also had some kids fill in for varsity who are not normally varsity. We explained to them that those are all examples of not doing their part. We are going to continue to hold kids accountable for doing their part, and continue to work to get better.”

W.F. West is back on the mats on Saturday at the Ray Westberg Tournament in Ellensburg. Rochester will travel to Fife on Saturday for the Lads & Lasses Tournament. Centralia travels to Kelso on Saturday for the Dave Holter Invite.

Saturday’s Results

Adna Places Two Wrestlers at Jim Bair Memorial Tournament

CASTLE ROCK — The Pirates had a champion wrestler and runner up here on Saturday at the 11th annual Jim Bair Memorial Tournament.

Ashton Dowell placed first at 170 pounds while Matthew Slape settled for second at 160 pounds.

“Ashton looked solid in all three of his matches, pinning all of his opponents. This is the third consecutive year he has won this tournament,” noted Adna coach Craig Ferrier.

Ferrier was also full of praise for Slape after he placed second in the historically cutthroat tournament.

“Matthew looked fantastic on his way to his second place finish. His semifinal match was against a Goldendale kid who placed third at state, and Matthew wrestled his best match of the year and beat him,” said Ferrier. “His finals match was against the defending state champ from Castle Rock. He battled hard, but came up short.”

The Jim Bair Memorial is named after the founder of the Rockets’ accomplished high school wrestling program. Bair died in 2008 after more than three decades mentoring prep athletes.

Adna wrestled Toledo in a league match on Tuesday. On Saturday the Pirates boys will wrestle at Rainier while their girls contingent will grapple at Napavine.

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