Despite having a loss on its wrestling record, Central Valley showed the wisdom of coaches favoring it to win the Greater Spokane League.
CV had its Bears in a row, dismantling visiting Mead on Thursday night 49-18, pinning five and winning four of its other five victories by major decision.
“When CV has its guns in there, they are tough,” Panthers coach Phil McLean said after losing for the second time this week.
The Bears (5-1) were at full strength, wrestlers settling into their target weight classes and a couple more seeing GSL action for the first time this week.
One, Zach Millard, had a resounding first-round pin at 220 pounds when he and Kevin McLean locked horns in throw mode. Millard got the better of the smackdown a minute into the match that put CV up 18-3.
Senior state veteran Carson Graham dropped to 106 and added a pin. Sophomore Cage Cannole dropped to 120 for a pin that started a run of five match wins that featured two more pins and pushed the lead to 49-12.
“We’re getting kids into the right weights,” said coach John Owen who allowed the showing was about as good as it could get. “We got off to a good start … 170 went our way (Chauncye Garigan, 11-3) and that huge fall (Millard) got us momentum.”
But he also added that Mead was coming off an emotional loss the night before, while CV was able to rest starters in its match against Rogers.
“I think sometimes the schedule favors you,” he said.
It was a tough week for the Panthers (4-2) who were beaten the night before by University.
“Those were two pretty good teams,” McLean said. “You have to bring your guns. This week was not too hot for us.”
Mead got a pin from Mason Ju at 285 and a win by state placer Matt Petrini at 113 over Bridger Beard.
The brothers Beard (3) and Orrino (2) comprise over a third of CV’s lineup and combined for four wins, by state third place Bryson and defending champion Blake Beard, freshman Braeden and defending state champion Colton Orrino.
University 34, North Central 27: The Titans (6-0) held off the host Indians’ rally, snapping a streak of four straight match wins by host NC (3-3) when Chris Jordan (220 pounds) pinned Jacob Koczor at 5:58 to secure the GSL dual match.
North Central’s Izaec Quintanilla (170) and Bryson Pierce (182) pinned their opponents, while Cody Kiourkas (160) and Junior Villaro (195) won by decisions down the stretch to cut U-Hi’s lead to one point before the deciding match.
Tate Orndorff (285) and and Cam Sorensen (138) recorded pins for the Titans and Mikey Garrison earned a major decision over NC’s Steven Kindya.
Mt. Spokane 52, Rogers 18: The Wildcats (5-1) pulled away with six straight match victories – four coming by pins – at the end of the meet and defeated the host Pirates (0-6). In the evening’s best match Mt. Spokane’s Kiegan Schauer (126 pounds) beat Rogers’ Charles Smith 1-0 with an escape in the third round.
Ferris 46, Shadle Park 20: Josh Puryear led the Saxons (2-4) with a pin at 160 pounds and Ferris’ Payton Irvin secured a key decision at 120. The host Saxons also benefited from forfeits by Shadle Park (2-4) at 106, 170, 182, 195, and 220 pounds.
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