The University and North Central wrestling teams entered their match with identical 1-1 Greater Spokane League records.
Fifty minutes later, the host Titans secured a 52-26 victory, the first nine of 14 weight classes decided by either pin or forfeit as U-Hi pulled away.
The Indians put themselves in a hole by forfeiting four matches. Split those matches and the outcome would have been considerably closer.
“Is that nuts?” Indians coach Luke Leifer said afterward, adding a loss in the night’s second match put his team on notice. “I thought we were in the driver’s seat and all of a sudden it went the other way.”
The teams split six-pointers in the first four matches for a 12-12 tie, with Titan Hunter Gregerson (182) pinning in a little over one minute for the tie to open the floodgates.
“I wish we didn’t have the forfeits,” Leifer said. “We were hit with bad luck. Monday we were looking great and the wheels fell off.”
But he was encouraged that half his wrestlers that took part on the mat won.
U-Hi broke the tie picking up the forfeits and an injury default during a stretch of six victories that put the Titans in front 46-12, before NC won three of the night’s final four.
“Their good kids are tough,” Titans coach Don Owen said. “Clai Quintanilla (138 pounds) could be the league’s first four-timer (state champion). (Bryan) Wais is tough in the upper weights (170) and (Clayton) Gilliam (126) is going to be a force.”
This is one of the least experienced teams University has fielded, so much so it suffered a loss to Mt. Spokane in the season opener – its first loss to the school.
“We just need to improve,” Owen said. “They haven’t wrestled much. Our goal is to be the most improved team I’ve ever coached. It’s going to be a ways.”
U-Hi’s Dylan Carr (160) and Max Clark (132) both won by fall and Tim Westbrook (120) earned a 12-2 major decision over Zack Cramer.
Central Valley 36, Rogers 35: Wyatt Wickham (285) defeated Markus Robinson 2-1 in double overtime to help the visiting Bears defeat the Pirates. Wickham and Robinson both made it to state last year and will likely see each other again at districts, regionals and state. Brock Houser (113) for Rogers needed only 12 seconds to earn quick points for his team.
Mt. Spokane 52, Ferris 18: Jacob Carr (106) started a string of six straight wins to start the match and the visiting Wildcats cruised past the Saxons. Carr’s win came as a 13-3 major decision over Nick Joss. Blake Haney (120) and Jake Howerton (132) earned pins during the stretch. At 285, Ferris’ Chase Bunker won by pin over David Azar as the last match of the night.
Mead 64, Lewis and Clark 12: Devante Goodman (145) needed only 56 seconds for a pin to help the Panthers handle the visiting Tigers. Evan Stickelmeyer (285) for Mead also had a quick pin in only 54 seconds. Mead had eight pins on the night.
Shadle Park 61, Gonzaga Prep 3: Sean Lochrie (170), Issiah Berluti (195) and Keaton Tarr (220) won by pins and the host Highlanders routed the Bullpups. Darius Johnson (285) earned G-Prep’s only points with a 6-5 decision over Tavon Sullivan.
East Valley 51, West Valley 24: The Knights won the first three matches of the meet, including Randy McDonald (132) winning by pin over Adrian Richter, and handled the visiting Eagles in Great Northern League duel meet.
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