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2/6/2013 3:27:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
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Six Bulldog’s wrestlers will be competing in the Regional Tournament this Saturday to fight for a spot at State. From left, Nathan Thompson at 126 pounds took fourth place, Tyler Carrillo at 220 pounds placed fifth and is going as an alternate, Warren Robertson at 195 pounds took fourth place, Ethan Visser at 132 pounds took second place, Colton Colwell at 138 pounds took fourth place, Jacob James at 138 pounds was the District Champion and Brock Steele at 152 pounds took third place. 
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Jacob James, wrestling at 138 pounds, beat Alex Aguilar from Omak during the District Championship match in overtime by a 3-1 score. James will go to Chelan this weekend to compete for a place to State.
Wrestling team sends six to Regional Tournament
Kacie Thrift
Staff Writer

The Cashmere wrestling team hosted the district tournament Feb. 1-2 where six Bulldog wrestlers earned a trip to the Regional Tournament next weekend in Chelan. Over the two days, the wrestlers spent a lot of time on the mats trying to place in the top four of their weight class to earn a spot to Regionals.

Cashmere's Jacob James, a junior wrestling at 138 pounds, was the solo district champion for Cashmere. James defeated Aguilar from Omak in an overtime victory by the score of 3-1.

"His opponent had only lost one match all year and actually beat Jacob [James] earlier in the season," said Cashmere Head Coach Aaron Bessonette. "Jacob always seems to wrestle his best at the end of the year when it matters most."

Junior Ethan Visser, 132 pounds, also made it to the district finals but fell short to Garcia from Chelan by the score of 6-1. Bessonette said the match was closer than the score indicates.

"Ethan was hanging with him move for move and was close to scoring a takedown at the end of the second round before time ran out. Garcia is one of the best kids in Washington. Last year, he placed second at state and the fact that Ethan battled him is very encouraging heading into Regionals," Bessonette said.

Brock Steele, a junior wrestling at 152 pounds, placed third to earn a trip to Regionals. Steele lost in the semifinal round to Bushman from Quincy, but then bounced back and dominated his opponents in the consolation bracket for third place.

"Brock is just as good of a wrestler as the top two kids in his weight class and he has just as good of a shot at making it to State as anyone," Bessonette said.

Sophomore Nathan Thompson (126 pounds), junior Colton Colwell (138 pounds), and senior Warren Robertson (195 pounds) claimed the fourth and final spot of their weight classes to advance to Regionals.

"I am very proud of Nathan, Colton and Warren. We knew these guys had the potential to move on, but we also knew they were going to have a tough road getting there. All three of them battled through the consolation bracket and beat some tough opponents in the consolation semifinal to put themselves into the third and fourth place match," Bessonette said.

Bessonette said overall, he and the coaching staff are very proud of how the team wrestled last weekend. He said the team had a few other wrestlers make it to the consolation semifinal match as well, but unfortunately they lost some hard fought matches and fell short of advancing.

Junior Tyler Carrillo came back and won his last match to claim fifth place for the Alternate at 220 lbs.

"I would also like to give a big thank you to all of the tournament staff and volunteers. The CTL district tournament was outstanding this year and the hospitality room was plentiful. Thanks again for all of your time and contributions," Bessonette said.

The top four winners of each weight class in the CTL will now match up against the top four wrestlers from the North East A League district. On Feb. 9, eight wrestlers in every weight class will be fighting for a chance to wrestle at State. Like the District Tournament, they will have to finish in the top four to move on to the Tacoma Dome.

Kacie Thrift may be reached at 782-3781 or

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