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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 12, 2019

Prep wrestling preview: Coaches select Mead, Mt. Spokane as favorites in competitive Greater Spokane League

Mead, Mt. Spokane and everyone else. That’s been a common sentiment for the deep and talent-heavy Greater Spokane League, which has long produced state finalists and team trophy winners.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 11, 2019

New University wrestling coach Ryan Montang has good grip on teaching sport he loves

Ryan Montang is well into his first season as the wrestling coach at University, where he takes over from Don Owen – recently elected to the Washington State Wrestling Coaches …


Wrestle Like a Girl

For years, high school girls who want to compete in wrestling have had to take on boys on the mats, but thanks to a push from small-town Montana, MSHA could …


A Grip on Sports: It’s a crowded Saturday night even if there may not be the biggest crowd in Pullman

A GRIP ON SPORTS • We’re going to play a little game. You are a sports fan. Not a fan of any school or team, per se, but a fan …


College wrestling takes over Convention Center for Spokane Open

A potpourri of collegiate wrestling programs will compete in the Lilac City on Sunday.


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 30, 2019

Successful coach Don Owen takes his place in state wrestling hall of fame

Don Owen’s voice mail greeting is both humorous and a window to the 62-year-old’s interests.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019

Locally: Travis Hughes, Jason Tebbets honored by National Wrestling Coaches Association

Hughes, the Mt. Spokane head coach since 2001, was named the 2019 NWCA High School Boys Coach of the Year for the state of Washington.


Former NIC wrestling coach files tort claim seeking damages for ouster

The former wrestling coach at North Idaho College has filed a tort claim seeking damages from the school for how it handled his dismissal earlier this year from one of …


UPDATED: Sat., June 8, 2019

Sunday locals: University High graduate Tate Orndorff wins Greco-Roman event

Tate Orndorff’s impressive redshirt freshman wrestling season at Utah Valley University just keeps getting better.


UPDATED: Sun., May 12, 2019

Lucha libre wrestler Silver King dies during London match

A well-known Mexican wrestler who co-starred in the movie “Nacho Libre” died in London after he collapsed during a match. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, known as Silver King in the …


UPDATED: Sat., April 6, 2019

Youth wrestling tournament draws thousands to sport that instills lessons beyond the mat

The pressure was on Landon Weitzel, 7, as he kneeled at the edge of a wrestling mat at the Spokane Arena, which was crowded with spectators.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019

Winter sports 2018-19 high school all-league teams

Winter sports 2018-19 high school all-league teams


UPDATED: Tue., March 5, 2019

Longtime University High wrestling coach Don Owen retires

Don Owen led the tradition-rich Titans to state titles in 2005, 2010 and 2013 and helped the program earn several other state trophies during his tenure.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 23, 2019

Idaho preps: Post Falls’ Ridge Lovett wins fourth state wrestling championship, Trojans win back-to-back titles

Roundup of Saturday’s Idaho boys basketball district play and state wrestling.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 21, 2019

Idaho state wrestling: Post Falls, undefeated Ridge Lovett aim for another state title

Ridge Lovett has already pinned his way into Idaho wrestling lore for 5A power Post Falls.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Wrestling: Led by Trent Baun and Chase Tebbets, Eastern Washington has big day at Mat Classic XXXI

Eastern Washington had a big day at Mat Classic XXXI over the weekend. The region had 18 champions, 32 finalists and 97 placers.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

State wrestling: Colville’s Trent Baun joins elite four-time champion group at Mat Classic XXXI

Trent Baun didn’t let himself think about it all that often. Only 15 boys in the history of Washington had won four wrestling state championships in four years.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

State wrestling: Mead’s Chase Tebbets wins third Mat Classic title, Mt. Spokane cruises to 3A team crown

Reaching a cherished goal is always special, but Chase Tebbets added some drama to a moment he’ll never forget.


State wrestling: Day one results from Mat Classic XXXI

Team and individual results from day one of Mat Classic XXXI in Tacoma


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

State wrestling: University’s Drew Roberts within reach of unique back-to-back championship seasons

Roberts, the son of former Oregon State assistant coach Kevin Roberts – the first state champion University coach Don Owen coached, back in the early 1990s – shut out both …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

State wrestling: Colville takes first-day lead as area 1A schools start strong at Mat Classic XXXI

Jeff Friedman is a defending 1A state wrestling champion with a calm, business-like approach to the sport.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

State wrestling preview: Area wrestlers ready for bigger brackets at Mat Classic

Mead escaped a double-leg takedown from its first opponent at the Mat Classic XXXI – torrential snowfall.


East Valley’s Avery Sundeim tops on mat and in service

You root for guys like Avery Sundheim. The East Valley wrestler and his teammates will brave the winter blizzard that has embraced the state to vie for a state championship …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 12, 2019

Districts scrambling to finish tournaments before WIAA deadline

The winter weather has brought another round of postponements and cancellations. With state tournament dates looming large, districts throughout the state are scrambling to get games in before Monday’s deadline.


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019

Wrestling: Mead qualifies 15 for Mat Classic XXXI at 4A regional tournament

The Region 4 4A tournament was held on Friday at Camas HS. Due to the weather, the two-day event was condensed to one, with the top six in each weight …


Montana All Class State Wrestling Quarterfinal Highlights and Results

60 matches were played at the Rimrock Auto Arena in Billings as over 600 wrestlers eye state championships.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Prep wrestling: North Central, Rogers show quality over quantity heading to regionals

North Central and Rogers may not have the depth to trip up the Greater Spokane League’s most tradition-rich programs in duals, but they’re both stocked with high-level talent.


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 7, 2019

Dwarf-tossing ban would exempt licensed wrestling matches

Dwarf tossing would be illegal in Washington but licensed entertainment companies could still offer wrestling events that feature little people in the latest version of a bill moving through the …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 2, 2019

Wrestling: Young guns, old guard lead Mead to GSL 4A tournament title

Mead coach Phil McLean doesn’t allow himself to think about where he stands in the rich history of Spokane wrestling.


Mead senior wrestler Chase Tebbets pursues another state title

It’s Tuesday and there are four practice days left before the District 8 tournament and the Mead wrestling room is doing something it hasn’t done for a while.