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2/1/2013 3:02:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
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Oscar Cantu gets on top of his Omak opponent at the home double-dual on Jan. 26. Cantu wrestled all six minutes and won by a close decision of 5-4 to help his team tie 33-33 with Omak.
Wrestlers ready for District Tournament
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Cashmere wrestling team finished their regular season with a dual against Quincy and a double dual against Omak and Okanogan.

On Jan. 24 the Bulldogs hit the road for a dual against the Quincy Jacks. As a team Cashmere lost 57-12 but three Bulldogs took victories. Nathan Thompson wrestled in the 125 pound weight class and won by a decision of 11-10.

"It was a good match back and forth between the two," said Cashmere Head Coach Aaron Bessonette. "Nathan Thompson's conditioning paid off. He is a hard worker in the practice room and ultimately in the third round he had a little more gas than his opponent and he pulled out a nice victory."

Wrestling at 132 pounds, Ethan Visser also won his match against Quincy. Visser and his opponent have wrestled quite a few times and each time it has been close. This time around Visser capitalized on his opponent early in the first round for a pin.

"These kids are physical so we knew it was going to be a tough one. Going into it Ethan took his opponent to his back and pinned him. It was complete domination on Ethan's part," Bessonette said. "It's good to see him wrestling at a high level heading into post season."

Colton Colwell, 138 pound weight class, won a close match with a 5-3 decision. With 30 seconds to go in the final round the score was tied 3-3. Colwell hit a reversal for two points and beat his opponent. Bessonette said he contributes this win to good conditioning.

Two other wrestlers that are typically winners, Jacob James and Brock Steele, lost their matches but not without a fight.

James wrestled at 145 pounds and lost in a close decision 6-5. James took his opponent down in the last minute of the match but was unable to get any back points for the win.

Steele, 152 pounds, wrestled Bushman who placed seventh in 2A state last year. Steele was winning 3-0 and had his opponent on his back but Bushman broke out of the cradle and pinned Steele for the win.

On Saturday, Cashmere hosted a double dual with Omak, Okanogan and Cascade and honored seniors Warren Robertson and Tanner Spikes.

For the first dual, Cashmere wrestled against Okanogan and won 53-24. Thompson, Visser, James, Spikes, and Saxton Sykes won their matches against Okanogan. Bessonette said overall the team wrestled well.

Sykes won by a major decision of 12-1. Bessonette said Sykes dominated his opponent on his feet and on the mat.

After the dual against Okanogan, Cashmere tied with Omak 33-33. The ultimate tie breaker went to Omak based on the eighth criteria of the rule book. Omak had more athletes score the first points of each match so they took the win.

Austin Steele at 106, Thompson, Visser, Colwell, Tyler Carrillo at 220 and Oscar Cantu at 285 won their matches.

Carrillo won by a pin and Cantu won by a decision of 5-4.

"When you are looking at the bigger boys it's hard to go for the full six minutes but Cantu gutted it out and pulled out a big win for us," Bessonette said. "If that wouldn't have happened we wouldn't have tied the match."

This Friday, the Cashmere wrestling team heads into districts. Starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and running through Saturday, Cashmere will host districts. The top four wrestlers in each weight class will move on to Regionals which will be the following weekend in Chelan.

"The beautiful thing about wrestling is everyone is still alive in the tournament regardless of how well you have done," Bessonette said. "At this point you still have a chance. If you are peaking at the right time and are physically and mentally prepared you can beat people you lost to earlier in the year. We are optimistic that our kids will do well especially in front of the home crowd and at home."

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or

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