Nine wrestlers on to Regionals
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Orrin Gross overpowers an opponent at the sub-regionals.
Nine Raider wrestlers will move on to regionals this Saturday after the team finished fourth at the North Sub-Regional last Saturday at Lake Roosevelt.
At the all-B North Sub-Regional, the top six in each weight class advanced on to this Saturday.
Raiders Orrin Gross and Levi Seylor each took first place in their weight classes. Gross, at 138 pounds, and Seylor (182) along the way dominated with pins or major decisions in all of their matches.
Seylor did finally face some serious competition when his championship match against Liberty Bell’s Buck Prib went into double overtime before Seylor won with a pin.
Coltin Williams, Kodie Horn, and Sean Waters all took third.
Williams defeated Leo Curiel of Oroville by a 5-2 decision to set up his placing-round match against Michael Ripley, also of Oroville, whom he destroyed in a 17-4 major decision to take third at 120. Horn (126) had to come back from a heart breaking one-point loss to Justin McMillan of Liberty Bell to beat Walker Baumbach of Republic and Emery Maupin of Selkrik to take third and move on to Regionals.
Waters also hit a speed bump in the form of a one-point loss to Shane Coleman of Libery Bell. Waters came back and beat Doug Hitch of Mary Walker and Austin Anderson of Kettle Falls to win third at 170.
The last three Raiders heading to Regionals are Oscar Pakootas at 106, Tim Loch at 132, and Nick Gleason at 160.
Pakootas fought back from two losses to win in his placing match against Jamie Mendez of Pateros in a second-round pin. Loch also shook off two hard losses to take the placing match from Alex Kelly of Oroville.
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Kodie Horn earns three points for a nearfall.
Gleason dug back from an early hole to defeat Nate Anderson of Mary Walker in a third-round pin.
The LR girls' team went to East Valley High School for the Girls All-Classification Sub Regional, where Alexa Hanway took third at 100 after defeating Rosiee Gudino of Quincy in a second-round pin.
The eight boys will be going to Kittitas on Friday for 3 p.m. first-round matches. The wrestling contines on Saturday at 10 a.m.
The top five placers at regionals will then move on to state at the Tacoma Dome, home of the Mat Classic XXIV.
Alexa Hanway will be heading to the All-Classification Girls Regional at Wahluke on Saturday starting at 10 a.m. with the top three placers moving on to the Tacoma Dome.