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Titans qualify 10 to Mat Classic

University took care of the first order of business in its quest for a State 4A wrestling championship. The Titans qualified 10, four of them champions, four of the second, to next weekend's Mat Classic in Tacoma.

Its 2A counterpart, two-time champion Deer Park, did likewise, advancing 11 wrestlers, six as finalists, for of them champions.

Here are their stories:

4A Regional


University advanced 10 wrestlers to state, eight of them regional finalists and won in Richland 219 to 179 over Moses Lake.

From 152 pounds on up the Titans proved stout, winning four titles. Included was Jake Mason’s 3-1 victory over Mead’s Jordan Rogers in the fifth meeting of the state championship pair with the possibility of one more next week in Tacoma.

Ryan Zumwalt began things with a 14-5 win at 152. Dustin Johnson edged Wenatchee’s Jacob Sealby 6-5 in overtime at 189 and Jake Laden won 7-5 at 285 where the Titans advanced two to Mat Classic.

Other Greater Spokane League champions were Central Valley’s Jarod Maynes over Titan Tyler Clark, 3-1 at 119, another two-Titans-to-state weight class; Jeremy Golding by pin at 125 and Tyler McLean by decision at 130 for Mead; Brandon Riehle, Ferris (135) over Titan Kevin Harder. Ryan Gabel (103) and Brandon Byers (119) were U-Hi’s other finalists.

Moses Lake had three champions among six state qualifiers, featured by Brian Chamberlain’s 5-3 win over Mead state champion Jake Trotter, at 215.

Greater Spokane Schools took 20 of 42 state berths, Mead with five, Ferris three, including finalist Scott Davis (140), and CV two.

2A Regional

Seasoned veterans or newcomers alike it didn’t matter. The Deer Park wrestling beat goes on.

Eleven Stags – three of them defending state champions, the rest first timers, including three freshmen and two sophomores – are headed to Mat Classic next week in Tacoma to see if they can make it three State 2A team titles in a row.

Deer Park had four champions among six finalists, two third placers and added three fifth-place state qualifiers to win the regional tournament Saturday at West Valley with 210.5 points, turning back Othello, 178.5, Toppenish 169 and Riverside, 167.5 respectively.

“I’m pretty happy,” said coach Matt Jorgensen. “We qualify 11 which is good and have four champions which is good. We have kids who buy in and don’t mind hard work.”

The finals were held concurrently on two adjacent mats with the heavier seven weights beginning at 285 pounds and working down, the lighter weights starting at 103 and working up.

First two matches offered ample evidence why balanced Deer Park is so strong. On one mat, defending 285-pound champion, junior Shawn Burton reversed his district loss to Clarkston’s Devin Norland with a close-to-the-vest 2-1 triumph.

At the same time, a pair of Stags freshman, Cole Harris and Jake Konzal, battled for the title at 103 on the other.

Burton had been thrown and pinned by Norland a week earlier. “I was a little bit worried so I played it a little safer,” Burton said. “I did a little knee tap and not as much shooting.”

He had been caught trying a double leg takedown. This time, he kept his distance, got a second-period escape and rode out the third round.

Harris, who was coming off shoulder surgery and lost by pin to Konzal earlier, won 10-3. Konzal was competing with a heavily wrapped broken hand.

“We’ve been pretty even,” Harris said. “It was motivating me because he beat me earlier.”

Defending state champion Billy Rhoads (140) and first-time qualifier Ammon Collins (189) also won titles. Last year Collins didn’t make it past the first day of regional.

“This year I hit the weights more, but mentality is the most important,” he said. “If you don’t go out with the fear of things you should have done you will achieve.”

Deer Park wasn’t perfect as defending state champ Blake Adams (119) lost 10-6 to Prosser’s Osmar Jaimez. But the showing was impressive nonetheless.

Great Northern League teams captured eight of 14 championships. Nick DesRoches (171) and Chase Florez (152) prevailed among four Riverside finalists.

“I came into district first seed, came up against a Clarkston kid in the semfinals and lost in overtime,” said Florez. It was reminder of a similar upset loss last year at state.

“That’s where it all started – in Tacoma,” he said. “That inspired me to come in here and take care of it.”

WV defending state champion Quinn Tate-Gannon, rallied late in the semifinals and edged Rams state placer Brenton Beard 7-5 in the 130-pound final.

“I felt he outscrambled me and can honestly say he worked a little harder than me,” said Tate-Gannon. “That’s going to fuel me this week I don’t like being outwrestled.”

The GNL had 15 of 28 finalists against rugged CWAC competition and overall had 29 of 70 state qualifiers.

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