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By Roger Harnack
of the Times 

Indians bring home wrestling gold


Last updated 2/25/2020 at 11:44am

SPANGLE — Four Indian wrestlers brought home gold Thursday, Feb. 6, from the 1B/2B League

-South district wrestling meet at Spangle High School.

Ethan Hull won the 126-pound class, Dylan Bjornberg won 138, Rylan Anderson won 152 and Kobe Martinez at 195.

Prior to the start of wrestling, Anderson was awarded the district’s Wrestler of the Year plaque.

Seeded No. 1, Hull received byes into the championship match. And his lone bout for the title only lasted 3:23 as he pinned Sammy Manina of Northwest Christian (Colbert).

At 138 pounds, Bjornberg had to wrestle two matches.

In the semifinals, he won a major decision, 13-1, over Trevor Waterbly of Northwest Christian. And in the championship bout, he won a tiebreaker OT match, 11-10, over Matthew Wines of Davenport.

The victory was the final match of the tournament.

Anderson also wrestled twice, pinning Hadlee Brown of Liberty (Spangle) in 2:26 in the semifinals.

In the championship match, Rylan Anderson faced teammate Tait Lyle, who reached the title tilt with a 6-2 decision over Jeshua Cwik of Liberty.

Anderson won the match by a major decision, 13-2, to take first; Lyle finished second.

At 195 pounds, Martinez pinned both of his opponents en route to winning the weight class.

He pinned Kellan Watson of Liberty in 44 seconds and Ben Pritchett in 54 seconds.

Indian teammate Cody Routh also brought home silver after losing the championship match at 113 pounds.

Johnny Ryan of Ritzville pinned Routh in 1:13.

Reardan’s Jacob Rinehart went 2-2 for Davenport at 120 pounds, good enough to earn fourth-place.

Rinehart pinned Ben Adams of Tekoa-Rosalia in 1:13 to open the tournament.

In the semifinals, he was pinned by Owen Prince of Liberty in 1:29, dropping him into the consolation bracket.

There, Rinehart grabbed a medical forfeit victory over Titus Knudtson of Northwest Christian for a chance at the bronze.

But in his final match of the day, Rinehart was pinned in 1:34 by Caleb Lenocker of Davenport.

Lenocker finished third and Rinehart fourth.

At 145 pounds, Mahkai Anderson wrapped up his season with a sixth-place finish for the Indians.

Mahkai Anderson was pinned in the quarterfinals by Noah Sievers of Liberty in 3:20.

In the consolation rounds, he received a bye, then was pinned by Caleb Sievers of Liberty in 3:54.

In the match for fifth, Mahkai Anderson had one more shot at Noah Sievers.

But Noah Sievers won again, this time pinning him in 2:22.

Reardan had two competitors in the 220-pound class.

Justin Murinko finished third and Colton Weiss was sixth.

Murinko pinned John Bernardi of Davenport in 1:48 in his tournament opener, then fell to Josiah Cwik of Liberty in 26 seconds.

In his third match, he faced Weiss, who had been bounced into the consolation bracket after being pinned in 50 seconds by Jay Harder of Ritzville.

Murinko won the match over teammate Weiss, pinning him in 19 seconds.

Murinko advanced to the third-place match, where he faced Bernardi again.

He pinned the Gorilla grappler in 26 seconds the second time around.

Meanwhile, Weiss faced Harder again in the bout for fifth.

This time, Harder pinned him in 34 seconds.

Harder took fifth and Weiss sixth.

The Top 4 wrestlers in each weight class advance to the regional tournament this coming weekend.

Reardan is hosting that tournament.

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Roger Harnack, Publisher

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