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Two Whitman County wrestlers win silver

SPOKANE – Two Whitman County wrestlers came home from the M2 Mallett tournament at Roger High School with silver medals.

Cooper Phillips of Colfax took second in boys 126 pounds and Alexis Taylor of Tekoa, wrestling for Liberty (Spangle) took second in girls 155.

The tournament drew about 30 teams from across the state.

In the boys division, Moscow, Idaho, won the team title with 213.5 points. The Colfax boys finished 14th overall with 78.0 team points. Nearby Liberty (Spangle) finished 15th with 72.5 points.

Quincy won the girls division team title with 119.5 points. Liberty finished eighth with 42.0 team points and Colfax – the team has a lone girl, Grace Jones at 115 pounds – finished 22nd with 8.0 team points.

Boys results

Wrestling at 126, Cooper Phillips brought home a silver medal.

He opened the tournament with a bye then pinned Kale Blades of Deer Park in 1:24 and Kouki VanHoose of Ferris in 1:39.

In the semifinals, he won a major decision over Saber Blackmore of Bonners Ferry, 14-3.

In the championship bout, he was pinned by Brandon Williams of Bonners Ferry in 33 seconds to finish second.

Phillips brought home the only boys medal to Whitman County.

In other results:

106 pounds – Ty Scott was pinned in his opening match by Micah Rocha of Northwest Christian (Colbert) in 3:41. Scott then pinned Colston Collins of University in 1:07 and won a 2-1 decision over Carson Daines of University. In his final match, he was pinned by teammate Cameron Mathia of Colfax in 2:33.

106 pounds – Cameron Mathia opened the tournament by pinning Noah Erickson of Newport (time not reported). He then pinned Dexter Degenstein of Lakeside (Nine Mile Falls) in 1:05 before being pinned by Taylor Mauss of Ferris in 1:46. In wrestlebacks, he pinned teammate Ty Scott in 2:33 before losing by decision to Xander Karatzas of Central Valley (Spokane Valley), 7-2.

132 pounds – Dillon Gassenberg opened by pinning Lincoln Kuttner of Shadle Park in 5:18, then was pinned by Kane Ballman of Rogers in 58 seconds. In th wrestlebacks, he pinned Matthew Pennick of Sandpoint in 1:04 before being pinned by Stryder Liermann of Bonners Ferry in 1:17.

144 pounds – Wyatt Southern opened by pinning Raymond Lasz of Liberty in 23 seconds, then losing by fall to Aidan Prakash of Moscow in 1:34. Southern won three wrestlebacks in a row, pinning Adam McGuire of Shadel Park in 26 seconds, Nate Shaw of Newport in 14 seconds and Judah Eck of Ridgeline in 1:03. He was eliminated by Hudson Somes of Northwest Christian, who pinned him in 1:26.

157 pounds – Austin Campbell was pinned by Kannon Cravens of Shadel Park in 1:04, received a bye and then was pinned by Logan Figueroa-Castor of East Vlaley (Spokane Valley) in 23 seconds.

175 pounds – Steven Campbell opened with a bye, then pinned Paul Vielhaben of East Valley (Spokane Valley) in 3:22. He lost his quarterfinal bout by fall to Dekota Acosta of Jenkins in 1:48 and was eliminated from the tournament by Anson Ball of Gonzaga Prep, who won by pin in 54 seconds.

190 pounds – Isaac Nelson opened by pi8nning Coleman Green of Liberty in 4:17 and then lost by pin to Ares Swain of Newport in 1:14. In the consolation rounds, he pinned Adam Tonnemaker of Central Valley (Spokane Valley) in 1:53 and then Lance Hilkton of Ridgeline in 3:37. He was eliminated by Reed Whidman of Liberty by pin in 51 seconds.

285 pounds – Tristen Burd of Tekoa, who attends Oakesdale High School and wrestles for Colfax, opened with a bye and then pinned Lucas Ott of North Central in 11 seconds. He lost his quarterfinal bout by pin to Roman Tannehill of Newport in 4:31 and then was eliminated by Shane Swain of of University by pin in 1:09.

Girls results

Only two Whitman County girls competed in the tournament.

Wrestling for Colfax at 115 pounds, Grace Jones (11-6) opened by pinning Anna Hungerford of Jenkins in 4:53. She then won her quarterfinal by pinning Justyne Sorensen of Cheney in 1:30.

In the semifinals, she was pinned by Leila Montague-Crawford of Deer Park in 5:51. She was then eliminated from the tournament when Morgan Hendrickson of Republic defeated her in a 7-6 decision.

Wrestling at girls 155, Alexis Taylor (9-1) of Tekoa, wrestling for Liberty, was seeded No. 1 and receive a bye until the semifinals. In the semifinals, she edged Leandra Agee of Omak, 7-2, to advance to the champion ship bout.

In the finals, she was pinned by Dayna Enderlin of Hanford in 3:58 to take second.

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