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Warriors take Battle for the Paddle on Senior Night

By The Chronicle

ROCHESTER — One again Rochester surrendered double-digit points before they ever took the mat, a common theme this season, but this time they pulled out a 42-39 victory over Class 1A Tenino at home here on Senior Night.

It was also the Battle for the Paddle, a tradition started three years ago where the two teams grapple for a wooden paddle made by one of the Tenino wrestlers who used to wrestle for Rochester coach Jason Dick before transferring. It’s now the second-straight year the Warriors have won the paddle after the Beavers won it the first year.

The Warriors eked out the victory in front of a packed home crowd after surrendering five forfeits while losing only two actual matches. Rochester won six matches and one forfeit to take the win.

Also a highlight was the single girls match wrestled, won by Rochester’s Star Soto at 140 pounds. Soto pinned Tenino’s Ali Doig in 52 seconds.

“Star has been the bright spot on the girls team this year,” Dick said.

Dick and the Warriors also honored Tenino’s three seniors as part of their Senior Night festivities, since Tenino coach Mike Morales did the same for Rochester wrestlers during the Beavers’ Senior Night.

“I thought that was really cool of Mike,” Dick said. “I’ll do that for the rest of my coaching career.”

Notching victories for Rochester were Grayson Patterson (126), Dailin Schlecht (132), Riley Cohron (145), Ian Lupardus (152), Jayden lancaster (170), Kalob Spann (182) and Elijah Spitzer (hvy).

“Grayson getting a fall was awesome,” Dick said. “I didn’t expect him to pin [Daniel Mino]. He’s wrestling well.”

The Warriors broke a three-match losing skid with the victory. It’s been a season plagued with illness and bizarre injuries, leaving the Warriors shorthanded in most of their matches this year. They gave up 30 points in forfeit before the match even started Thursday.

“I told the kids before the match that for us to give up 30 points, the only way we’re going to beat them is if we out-wrestle them,” Dick said. “And they did.”

Next up for the Warriors is the sub-regional tournament on W.F. West on Feb. 7 and 8. The girls wrestle only on Feb. 7 at the same location.

“It’s been challenging for us this season,” Dick said. “We’re looking forward to sub-regionals.”

106: Zack Kuch (T) forfeit

113: Jon Hernandez (T) forfeit

120: Ethan Snyder (T) forfeit

126: Grayson Patterson (R) fall over Daniel Mino in 3:48

132: Dailin Shclecht (R) fall over Austin Hohner in 1:12

138: Tyson Knox (T) 9-4 decision over Kyle Lupardus

145: Riley Cohron (R) fall over Tyler Pietras in 1:12

152: Ian Lupardus (R) fall over Joseph Marco in 3:20

160: Randall Marti (T) fall over Dakota Herd in 1:03

170: Jayden Lancaster (R) fall over Carlos Wetter in 1:18

182: Kalob Spann (R) forfeit

195: Andres Capilla-Zamudio (T) forfeit

220: Robbie Marti (T) forfeit

Hvy: Elijah Spitzer (R) fall over Riley Rice 5:04

Girls 140: Star Soto (R) fall over Ali Doig in :52

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