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Raider wrestlers compete with bigger schools


Raider wrestlers took part in the Oroville Mixer and the Cashmere Invite this past week.

Fewer wrestlers attended these events than usual due to winter sickness and holidays, but those who did gained experience nonetheless.

Lake Roosevelt’s wrestlers went to Oroville Dec. 13 for their mixer, where Raiders won seven out of their 18 total matches.

Other teams competing were Liberty Bell, Tonasket, and Oroville.

“It’s just a chance to get some matches,” commented Head Coach Steve Hood.

Kaleb Horn and Tony Nichols each won both of their matches.

Dylan Wiles defeated Sergio Ocamp from Oroville, to whom he had lost in Davenport earlier in the season. “That was a good turnaround,” Hood remarked.

Ida Sue defeated her opponent, Shelby White, from Liberty Bell.

“I just look at it like it’s all practice for state,” Hood said.

The Raiders traveled to Cashmere Friday, where Horn placed first, Moses Luveno placed fourth, and Brandon Long placed fifth.

All the other schools competing were larger 1A and 2A schools. “It raises our level of competition and helps make us better,” Hood said. “There are some very good B wrestlers, and we will have to contend with them postseason wise, but there are more 1A/2A good wrestlers.”

LR placed 10th in the event in team points, with 43.5, but only had six wrestlers competing, four of whom are freshmen. Sultan won the event with a team score of 164.5.

Horn secured a first place in the event in the 138-pound division.

“Some exciting matches in there,” Hood said.

Horn defeated Odenrider from Cashmere and Salcedo from Quincy, then faced off against Fleming from Sultan.

“That match was Kaleb leading 8 or 9 to 7 going into the third round, then he just opened it up,” Hood said. Horn won the match by major decision, 16-7.

Luveno, who placed fourth at 170, defeated Lloyd from Cashmere and Sullivan from Omak, but lost to Ibarra from Cashmere twice.

Long, who placed fifth at 220, defeated Worcott from Columbia Burbank, Kobe Hersel from Cashmere, and Kanin Moa from Mount Baker, but lost to Dominguez from Warden and Andrade from Connell.

“Brandon had a very good day as far as wrestling goes, showing improvements he’s been making in practice,” Hood said.

Tyler Palmer got his first high school win by pinning Leo Macias from Warden in the 145 division.

“Our young guys are coming along nicely,” Hood said. “They go out there and may be wrestling juniors and seniors, and it’s tough, and they’re coming right along.”

Now on winter break, the Raiders’ next event is the Powerhouse Tournament at home in Coulee Dam on Thursday, Dec. 28, at 10 a.m.

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