By Teren Kowatsch
Whitman County Gazette 

Phillips earns fifth-place


February 23, 2023

Roger Harnack | The Gazette

Cooper Phillips goes for a pin attempt against Sam Drake of Kettle Falls in a fifth-place matchup in the 2B, 120-lb. bracket at the WIAA Mat Classic State Tournament Feb. 18 in Tacoma.

TACOMA - Colfax's lone representative at the Feb. 17-18 Mat Wrestling Classic in Tacoma, Cooper Phillips, earned fifth-place in the boys 1B/2B 120-lb. weight class.

Phillips started the tournament on Feb. 17 with a bye, instantly advancing to the quarterfinals of the first-place bracket against Cohen Hartley of Adna High School.

Phillips pinned Hartley in just 40 seconds, advancing to the semifinals of the bracket against Ivan Bailey of Kalama High School.

Phillips wasn't able to get the advantage over Bailey, and succumbed to a fall in 3:43.

After the loss to Bailey, Phillips would be wr...

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