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1/23/2013 3:52:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
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Brock Steele tries to pin his Chelan opponent in the home dual against Chelan on Jan. 10. Steele lost on a decision.
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Page Bates gets ready to counter his opponent in the home dual against Chelan. The Bulldogs lost the dual 66-15.
Wrestlers take seventh in Kittitas Tournament
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer



The Bulldogs wrestling team headed to Kittitas last weekend to compete in a 12-team tournament where they took seventh place. Considering a few days before they lost to Tonasket 66-15 in a dual, the team was pleased.

"We do much better in tournaments than in duals since we don't have a full team," said Cashmere Head Coach Aaron Bessonette.

On Jan. 17 the wrestling team made the long trip to Tonasket for a dual. Three Bulldogs won their matches but the team had already given up 18 points in forfeits before the dual had started.

Junior Jacob James won his match at 145 pounds by a pin. Teammate Brock Steele, junior, also won his match at 152 pounds but by a decision. Tyler Carrillo won by a forfeit at 220 pounds.

The Bulldogs had to forfeit three total matches. Bessonette said it wasn't a very good dual for the Bulldogs. There are 14 weight classes and eight of his athletes lost by pins.

"Hats off to Tonasket. They have a really good coach and good kids," Bessonette said. "They came out ready and they handed it to us."

Not only does a small team mean giving up points in duals but it also means no one to practice against. Bessonette said most of his wrestlers will wrestle someone in a different weight class at practice but some of his athletes aren't close to another weight class such as Austin Steele (106 pounds).

"We knew going in they are one of the better teams in the Caribou Trail League," Bessonette said. "However, as a coach you never want to go in there and see eight of your kids get pinned. We know that we're outmatched in a few of the weight classes but your always optimistic as a coach and hoping for your guys to come out with a little more fight in them and not get pinned."

The Bulldogs were on the road again on Jan. 19 when they headed to the Kittitas Tournament.

Three of the Cashmere wrestlers finished with medals in hand and the team finished seventh overall.

Colton Colwell, a junior, placed fourth at 138 pounds. Bessonette said Colwell has just returned to the team after suffering from multiple injuries over the past two years.

"He [Colwell} has a lot of potential. He has a big upside but over the last couple of seasons he has been hindered by injuries," Bessonette said. "He had been recovering and rehabilitating his shoulder and he had only been back for a little over a week. It was good to see him back in action he wrestled really well over the weekend."

Freshman Oscar Cantu also took home a fourth place medal for the heavyweight class. Cantu has also been suffering an injury from football season but is starting to come around and make some progress.

"Basically it's nice to see some of our better wrestlers that have potential, but have been plagued by injury up until this point, get in the swing of things and have some success," Bessonette said.

James placed fourth at 145 pounds.

Tomorrow, the Bulldogs wrestling team heads to Quincy for their last road dual meet in the league season.

Quincy, new to the CTL this year, is coming from competing in the 2A class last year and has four wrestlers ranked in the State.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs host a double-dual against Okanogan and Omak for senior night.

"Our goal is to overachieve," Bessonette said. "As a coach you always expect your kids to overachieve. If they go out there and we know we are giving up forfeits and assume we are going to lose than that's your expectations and you will lose. We motivate our kids to overachieve. We never accept defeat. We wrestle our hearts out and always strive."

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or reporter@cashmerevalleyrecord.com.





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