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Chs Wrestling

Bruins post second Trico victory

Kevin Kreps, Seth Bell and Kristien Contreras accounted for Columbia's only on-the-mat victories against Ilwaco last Wednesday in the first half of a double dual meet in Stevenson.

But those three wins, added to the seven matches CHS won by forfeiture, helped the Bruins score 56 points and their third SWW 1A Trico Division victory and fifth of the season overall.

"Ilwaco only fielded a team of six wrestlers, and of the five matches wrestled, we won three," Bruins Coach Rich Polkinghorn said.

Kreps won by fall at 145 pounds, pinning Taylor O'Neal at the 1:21 mark. Wrestling at 171, Bell prevailed in an 11-4 decision over Charlie Shannon. Contreras, for his part, scored a 54-second pin of 189-pound opponent Bobby Richards.

In other action, Max Wulff fell at 3:28 to Brandon Vitzkozy in the 215-pound weight class, and Kyle VanLaar lost to Ikiaka Thomas by fall 25 seconds into their heavyweight match.

Winners by forfeit for CHS were Brad Spring (119), Jon Belvin (125), Zac Halpern (130), Ethan Cranmer (135), Luis Roque (140), Connor Warner (152) and Jim Price (160).

Polkinghorn said he was "pleased with our performance" against Ilwaco.

"We looked good against an Ilwaco team that is resurrecting its program after several years of barely fielding a team," he noted.

It was a different story and different outcome for Columbia in its meeting with host Stevenson, which dropped CHS to 3-3 in league and 5-6 overall with its 36-30 decision.

"Stevenson exploited our weaknesses and beat us in the nine matches wrestled, 7-2," Polkinghorn said, and added, "The team score was close because of the forfeits we got; otherwise, we still have some work to do to catch the Bulldogs."

Winners by fall for Columbia were Contreras and Wulff.

Contreras made quick work of Josh Dodd in the 189-pound match, pinning him in nine seconds. Wulff also scored a first-period pin, recording a 34-second takedown of fellow heavyweight Wade Huett.

Columbia's other 18 points came via forfeits to Cranmer (135), Roque (140) and Kreps (145).

Three matches that went down to the wire were Belvin's 14-10 setback against to Nate Sharp at 125, Bell's 10-7 defeat by Jesse Brown at 171, and Warner's loss by fall to Brody Pestana with 19 seconds remaining in their 152-pound match.

Noted Polkinghorn: "I was disappointed with some of the individual results, but I tried to keep perspective because we have a young team with a lot of sophomores and freshmen."

Coming Up:

Columbia High will wrestle its final matches of the regular season this Saturday during a tournament at Fort Vancouver High School that gets under way at 10 a.m.

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