Blue Devils grapple past 'complacency,' down Falcons



Wa-Hi's Anthony Stalder turns his Hanford opponent into a W en route to victory over Hanford's Travis Hubbard Thursday night. The Blue Devils downed the Falcons, 47-23, in the Big Nine Cascade Division match.

WALLA WALLA — Wa-Hi overcomes "complacency" to roll past Hanford in a Big Nine Conference Cascade Division wrestling match, 47-23, here Wednesday.

The victory improves Wa-Hi’s record to 2-1 in the division.

The Blue Devils notched six wins on the mats, including Houston Rice (119), Dustin Taylor (125), Anthony Stalder (135), Nason Babbitt (140), Ethan Small (160) and Nick Larkins (171).

"After Tuesday, when Richland embarrassed us, we spent a lot of time reflecting on what it means to actually compete as a wrestler," Wa-Hi coach Clayton Hudiburg said. "Complacency and low standards were reflected in our performance that night. We really worked the kids hard on Wednesday out of hope that we might see a little more fire.

"I think that tonight, the guys really showed that they really can compete and that they realize the importance of not just showing up, but digging deep and really competing," Hudiburg continued. "I am really proud of the effort and intensity they showed on the mat tonight. Our junior varsity saw a lot of success, which was followed by our varsity. It was a great first home match."

Individual Results

103 — Hanford forfeit to Devon Pellham, WW; 112 — WW forfeit to Will Bricker, Hanford; 119 — Houston Rice, WW maj dec. Russel Curtis, Hanford 16-7; 125 — Dustin Taylor, WW pinned Hayden Gaylord, Hanford 4:46; 130 — WW forfeit to Ben Tynan, Hanford; 135 — Anthony Stalder, WW maj. dec. Travis Hubbard, Hanford 13-3; 140 — Nason Babbitt, WW dec. Kenny Genack, Hanford 7-6; 145 — Caleb Gifford, Hanford dec. Ryan Harmon, WW 4-1; 152 — Matt Owens, Hanford dec. Ryan Evans, WW 6-5; 160 — Ethan Small, WW pinned Cole Apgar, Hanford 3:46; 171 — Nick Larkins, WW win by inj. def. Joe Traverso, Hanford; 189 — Hanford forfeit to Eric Eastman WW; 215 — Hanford forfeit to Kyle Erb, WW; 285 — RJ Harris, Hanford tech. fall Gerald Maib, WW 4:00.
Team scores — Wa-Hi 47, Hanford 23


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