There was the possibility, however remote, that two of the best upper-weight wrestlers, Mead’s Chandler Rogers and Central Valley’s Tanner Davis, could have met during Greater Spokane League wrestling between the league’s two unbeaten teams.
“I think Mr. McLean would have wanted me to get a chance at him,” two-time state champion Rogers said.
Coach Phil McLean didn’t dispute him.
“I thought it might come down to that,” he said. “It would have been a great match.”
Instead, the two avoided each other like the plague, each wrestling up two weights and each winning as the Panthers (7-0) beat the visiting Bears (6-1) 36-20, taking sole possession of first place with two matches remaining.
Rogers, typically a 170-pounder, has wrestled in Davis’s 182 pound class most of the year, where both are perfect in GSL meets. Wednesday night they wrestled at 195 and 220, respectively. By then the team outcome was decided.
It was unusual that through 10 weight classes there had been no pins, only two major decisions and one technical fall, with Mead leading 18-16.
Then the Panthers lowered the boom, with Tyler McLean, Richard Olsen and Rogers all pinning in succession between 170 and 195 pounds. Davis anticlimactically took a 12-2 victory for CV in the finale.
Both teams were plagued by the flu bug. In particular, Mead was without league unbeaten 120-pounder Max Peterson and CV was missing freshman standout Bryson Beard at 113.
It resulted in considerable jockeying of personnel other than just Rogers and Davis. For instance, Bears state placer Colton Orrino, who has wrestled up a weight most of the league season, bumped up another to 145 pounds and still won by major decision, 14-4.
“I was just trying to win matches,” CV coach John Owen said following the match. “The stars had to really align right for us.”
Through all the juggling, Phil McLean was satisfied with his team’s effort.
“We were grinding tonight,” McLean said. “Kids stepped up in a few spots. And I was pleased we didn’t give up one pin.”
• Elsewhere, Mt. Spokane (6-1) won the final six matches, five by pin, for a 48-24 win over visiting Rogers (1-6). Tom Harvey’s 2-0 win at 220 stopped Rogers from winning the first five matches. Rogers’ Ken Keller (285) posted a 12-6 win over Andrew Kissinger, who wrestled up from 220. … University (6-1) won eight consecutive matches, including pins by Tanner Orndorff (195) and Brandon Clark (120), during a 49-14 win over visiting North Central (3-4). … Dakota Numbers (182) defeated Casey Hornbeck 2-0 in a rematch between regional placers from last season as Lewis and Clark (2-5) posted a 59-15 win at Gonzaga Prep (0-7). … Defending state champion Terrence McKinney (145) pinned Elijah Ross in the first period as Shadle Park (3-4) posted a 40-19 win over visiting Ferris (1-6). Shadle freshman Ryan Farrell beat Korey Hickson 8-6 at 106 with a takedown with 3 seconds left in overtime.
Cameron Schlotter (195) and Zac Corean (220) capped the match with pins as Cheney (2-2) overcame a 30-6 deficit for a 35-33 win over visiting Clarkston (2-2). Cheney won six of the final seven matches, including Eli Mason’s 17-2 technical fall over Logan Brown at 182. … Elsewhere, Jacob Jones (132), Tanner Edwards (138) and Eli Hartshorn (145) had consecutive pins and East Valley (4-1) picked up five forfeits during a 63-9 win over visiting Pullman (0-2). … Colville (4-1) won four early close decisions and posted four pins and one forfeit from 152 to 195 pounds during a 49-21 win at West Valley (1-4).