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Loggers wrestling falls to Concrete
DARRINGTON The Loggers may have had good individual performances Thursday, Jan. 11, against the Concrete Lions, but fell 54-24 as a team at the Darrington Community Center.
Darrington evened their Northwest 1A/2B record at 1-1 and are now 5-4 overall.
The Lions improved to 4-0, 5-1.
The host grapplers received wins from freshman Kolten Palmer (130-lb.), sophomore Stormee Brown (140-lb.), and juniors Connor Rounds (215-lb.) and Paden Newberry (160-lb.)
Sophomore Ashley Forrest won by forfeit in the 103-lb. weight class.
The early 6-0 advantage after the opening forfeit turned out to be a short-lived lead for the Loggers.
Freshman Johny Lougnan battled Concretes Monte Benjerman at the 112-lb. division and entered the second period trailing 7-6, but Benjerman went on to pin the energetic member of the class of 2010.
The two teams were tied at 6-all afterward, and Concrete won the next two matches before Palmers quick first-period pin at 130 pounds.
Sophomore Rich Groh was pinned in the second period at 135 pounds to double Concretes lead to 24-12 and Brown continued the back and forth affair with a 4-0 victory in the 140-lb. weight class.
Brown led 4-0 after two periods and held on for the victory over Derrick Rice before offering a helping hand to his opponent.
The son of assistant coach Joey, Brown said he has wrestled against Rice quite a few times in the past and the two spend time together in the off-season.
I am usually a second or third round guy, but I felt pretty good out there tonight, the teen said afterward.
Junior Joe Dolph was pinned in the first period at 145-lb. in what appeared to be a controversial call from the referee based on fan reaction.
Freshman Ken Brooks was pinned in the first period from Danny Gilvin before Newberry took a mere 30 seconds to register a pin against Clinton Bryant.
Newberry improved to 18-4 on the season with the triumph.
After Concrete poured two more pins on the Loggers, Rounds improved to 21-2 on the season with an 8-2 victory.
The 215-lb. Rounds led 5-2 after the first period and expanded it to 8-2 in the second before holding on through a blood timeout. After appearing very businesslike in the first two periods the excited teen pumped his fists upon returning from the timeout.
We did alright tonight. I feel we are right where we need to be, Joey Brown said afterward.
I think we are never satisfied. We are very young and have lots of freshmen, but I think they are starting to grow and come together.
In addition to being the DHS assistant, he has also been the head coach at the middle school for the past four years and credits that to the freshmens success.