Wrestling for an opportunity to duel University for the Greater Spokane League title, Central Valley started strong against Shadle Park with three quick pinfalls, but Terrence McKinney’s pin at the 5:52 mark over Roger Ulrich lifted the Highlanders (7-2) to a 34-33 victory at SP.
McKinney, a freshman for SP at 103 pounds, needed nothing short of a fall to take the dual away from the Bears (7-2), and he came through in the final seconds of the match to deliver.
Starting at 112 pounds, CV’s Logan Ames, Jarod Maynes and Tyler Ames each pinned their opponents to jump out to an 18-0 lead, but the Highlanders battled back, winning seven of the next eight matches, outscoring CV 28-3 to take the lead.
The Bears rallied for two straight pins and a 33-28 lead, but McKinney’s pin left them with the loss and without a shot at the GSL title, as U-Hi clinched at least a tie with North Central with a victory over Ferris.
In other GSL duals: University (9-0) rested many of its top-line starters, but still handled host Ferris (2-7) 43-19 to earn an opportunity to go undefeated in the GSL. Five consecutive wins from 103 pounds to 130 put the dual out of reach, with Kevin Harder helping to seal the deal at 140 with a last-second takedown for a 3-1 decision over Scott Davis. … Forrest Cuthbert denied three consecutive escape attempts by Gonzaga Prep’s (0-10) Hayden Mills to earn a 6-5 decision and North Central (8-1) won the first six matches of the night for a 58-8 victory at GP. … Mead (6-3) won the battle for the Little Brown Jug, the oldest rivalry match in Spokane wrestling, with a 63-3 score over host Rogers (1-8), taking all but the 119-pound match. Getting to 63 meant a pair of late comeback wins for the Panthers as Sammy Edminster (145) scored three points in the third round to beat Mike Sundheim 5-2 and Sam Voitlander (171) defeated Tyler Lehman 9-5, despite trailing by one going into the final round. … Wyatt McGuire (125) and Austin Pea (152) each earned pinfalls to continue their strong GSL seasons and visiting Mt. Spokane (4-3) handed Lewis and Clark (2-7) a 52-15 defeat. McGuire led off the dual with a fall in 3:53 to spark a string of six consecutive wins as the Wildcats won eight of the first nine matches.
Great Northern League: Trailing Cody Parker going into the final round, Sheldon Moore scored five points in the third to earn an 8-6 decision that came in the midst of a five-match run as Cheney (4-2) knocked off Medical Lake (2-5) 46-27 in Medical Lake.
At 152, Cheney freshman Trevor Askeland held off a similar run by the Cardinals’ Andrew Ryan, allowing five points in the third, but still earning the 13-11 victory.
The Greater Spokane League’s top two gymnasts, Alana Norman of Shadle Park and Mt. Spokane’s Courtney Bray, finished first and second, with No. 1 Norman taking the top spot with 36.75 points at their GSL meet at University.
Norman earned a win in the vault with a score of 9.3, placed second in the bars behind Bray and took third in the beam and floor to slide past Bray’s score of 35.75.
Mead finished the season unbeaten, taking first with a score of 170.675, followed by U-Hi (163.325) and Mt. Spokane (154.275).
Kasey Morgan scored 17 of his career-high 21 points in the second and third quarters including three 3-pointers in the third to lift Kettle Falls (2-14) to a 54-39 nonleague win over Columbia (3-15) in Kettle Falls. During those two quarters, the Bulldogs outscored the Lions 33-10. … Jake Weimer shot 11 of 16 from the field for 30 points, Eric Holbrook added 18 points and Priest River (11-3) hit 29 of 56 shots to outgun host Sandpoint (4-9) 77-61. Stefan Buratto had 25 in the loss for the Bulldogs.
Nikka Yankus collected a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds, Alexys Hall added 13 points and 14 boards and after trailing by three with a minute remaining in the game, Kettle Falls (10-6) went on a 7-0 run to beat Columbia (15-3) 48-44 in Kettle Falls.