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12/19/2013 9:10:00 AM Email this articlePrint this article 

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Cashmere wrestlers earned their right to goof around at photo time with a sturdy performance at Ephrata, finishing fourth. Six Cashmere wrestlers medaled in the tournament, which gathered 2A, 1A and even some 4A schools, although the latter brought their JV teams to Grant County.
Cashmere wrestlers take fourth at Ephrata Invitational

Sebastian Moraga
Staff writer

A strong start for the season continued for the Cashmere wrestlers, with a fourth-place finish at the Ephrata Invitational

Four Cashmere wrestlers made the finals, and two made the third-place match, giving the Bulldogs a grand total of six medalists.

Jacob James and Ethan Visser finished in first place. Brock Steele and Bryant Bubel finished second. Nathan Thompson took third and Zack Traikovich finished fourth.

Not bad for a team that's still a few singlets shy of a full squad of eligible grapplers. A few athletes still don't have enough wrestling practices in them to be allowed to participate. Tyler Carrillo, sat this one out. Saxton Sykes is still nursing a football injury to his hand.

The flip side of that was Traikovich, a sophomore participating in his first post-football tournament. He wrestled at 182 lbs. although he only weighs about 170 lbs.

"He wrestled really well, big change from last year. Even though h only took third, he wrestled some strong kids," said head coach Aaron Bessonette.

Dustin Fitzpatrick, a freshman, won a couple of varsity matches and fell a 4-2 decision shy of medaling.

Individual results weren't available prior to press time.

The good early returns were to be expected, Bessonette said, noting that this squad is experienced.

"We have wrestlers who are state veterans and they are always going to get points for us," he said, later adding, "With Jacob James and Ethan Visser and Brock Steele, those guys are placing. If they keep doing that every tournament, like they should, that's a lot of team points for Cashmere."

There's a good team culture happening inside the wrestling room at CHS, Bessonette said.

Next up for the Bulldog team, is the Cashmere Invite, noon this Saturday at Ron Doane Memorial. Teams from Chelan, Quincy, Cascade, Lake Roosevelt, Medical Lake, Cle Elum, and Tonasket, as well as individual wrestlers from Omak, will pay the boys in orange a visit.

Sebastian Moraga can be reached at 782-3781 or

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