Sprague Wrestlers Top North Salem

 

The biggest difference was their size.

Other than that, both seniors were ranked and have had major knee injuries.

The North Salem High School wrestling team moved Garrett Cole up two weight classes to face Sprague’s Kyle Williams at 170 pounds in the Class 6A Special District dual meet Thursday night at North Salem.

Cole shot quickly on Williams, but Williams was able to use his significant size and strength advantage to take Cole down and turn him for a pinfall in 1:49 during a key match in the No. 11-ranked Olympians’ 42-38 win.

Cole, ranked No. 6 at 145 pounds, sustained his knee injury during the football season and put off surgery to wrestle, while Williams, ranked No. 9 at 170, had his knee injury last summer in an accident while riding a bicycle and had surgery.

“I was like ‘give me the surgery that lets me get back to wrestling as soon as possible,’ ” said Williams, a former regional placer.

The pin was one of six by Sprague wrestlers compared with four by North Salem.

Sprague’s Kaleb Raber, ranked No. 2 in the state at 120 pounds, pinned North Salem’s Diego Trujillo in 2:58 to set off a string of five consecutive pins by Olympian wrestlers: James Baxter, Cliff Baxter, Zach Zehner and Yasyf Sorensen.

“I need to go out there and get a pin, get the momentum going on our side,” said Raber, a senior. “Pinning is contagious. Once you get a pin, everyone starts getting some confidence, they feel like they can go out there and get their pins.”

The most exciting match of the night for the crowd was James Baxter’s pin of North Salem’s Kiera Gabaldon.

Gabaldon took a 3-0 lead on a nearfall early in the second round, but Baxter escaped and took her down and pinned her at the 5:13 mark.

“He’s a freshman who earned his spot this last week,” said Sprague coach Kary Hadden, a North Salem graduate. “He beat out the varsity wrestler for that position.

“His first varsity match here, but he’s wrestled her before in the kid’s club, that type of thing. He was kind of a little timid there at the beginning, but once he settled in, started wrestling his match, he did what he’s good at doing: Breaking people down and turning them.”

 

Original Article, Statesman Journal

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