CATHLAMET, Wash. - Pomeroy's wrestling team took home a first-place title at the Downriver Wrestling Classic on the west side of the state Saturday by tallying 186 points to finish well ahead of second-place finisher Mark Morris.
A trio of Pirate grapplers snagged first place honors, including Tory Knebel at the 160 pound weight class, who repeated as champion.
"For Tory to do that for a second consecutive year is pretty impressive," said Pomeroy head coach Derek Shawley. "To win an event like this when we were one of the smaller schools here is a great feeling."
Knebel won all four of his matches by pin, while Nick Tewalk (135) and Austin Reisdorph (189) both went 3-0 to finish atop their weight classes.
"We have a very strong group of returners, and our experience showed tonight," Shawley said. "The east side has really dominated B-wrestling over the last few years, and it's nice for us to be a part of that."
On Tuesday the Pirates head to Colfax to take on a slightly smaller field than the 14 teams that competed on Saturday, but Shawley knows that fewer teams will not make for an easier afternoon on the mat.
"I'm happy with how everything went today," Shawley said. "It's another step forward for us."
Team - Pomeroy 186, Mark Morris 149.5, Tacoma Baptist 119, Kelso 112.5, Concrete 110, Ocosta 108, Ilwaco 103, Willapa Harbor 90, Knappa 85, North Beach 83, Wahkiakum 68.5, Clastkanie 60.5, Darrington 36.
Pomeroy Individual - 125- Hyer 4-1, 2 pins, 3rd place. 135 - Tewalk 3-0, 3 pins, Champion, King 2-1, 2 pins, 7th place. 145 - Moore 4-1, 3 pins, 3rd place. 152 - Smith 4-1, 1 pin, 3rd place. 160 - Knebel 40, 4 pins, Champion. 171 - Jenkins 3-1, 1 pin, 2nd place. 189 - Reisdorph 3-0, 3 pins Champion. 215 - Wymore 0-2, NP.