KITTITAS - The Pomeroy Pirates wrestling team had one regional champion and five other state qualifiers here Saturday. The reigning state champion at 170 pounds, Tory Knebel, took the 2012 regional championship with two pins and an 8-0 decision.
Two Pomeroy wrestlers who are new to state competition qualified at the regionals for the next level: Ryan Smith at 152 pounds (5th) and Mike Wymore at 220 pounds (3rd).
"It was a great achievment for Wymore to get to state for the first time," assistant coach Fred Knebel said. "It was a great surprise for us and Smith has been battling all kinds of injuries this season. But he has made it to state."
The other three state qualifiers all placed in state last year.
Wyatt Jenkins, second in state last year, qualified and will be in title contention this year.
Jacob Moore, third in state a year ago, will need to get by a tough competitior to be crowned champion.
Austin Reisdorph, third in state in 2010, will have to try not to out-muscle his tough opponents but out wrestle them to get a title, Fred Knebel said.
The Pirates wrestle at state Friday and Saturday at the Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome. They placed fourth last year with only four wrestlers and hope to improve upon that with six wrestlers this year.
Forty five schools will be competing at state against Pomeroy.
145- Jacob Moore, Pomeroy, lost dec. to Kyle Kirkendall, Republic, 11-7. Moore dec. over Lucas Rittle, Republic, 18-3. Moore pinned Alexander Edwards, Warden, 1st rd. Moore dec. over Dave Ogle, Wilbur-Creston, 10-8. Moore forfeit Nick Perez, Orville. 3rd place. 152 - Ryan Smith, Pomeroy, dec. Dan Kerney, Kettle Falls, 5-3. Smith pinned by Charlie Eldred, Reardon, 2nd rd. Smith dec. over Garrett Ginter, Pateros, 8-5. Smith dec. over Levi Gornolond, Wilbur-Creston, 6-5. Smith pinned Logan Zumker, Reardon, 2nd rd. Smith dec. over Todd Burbank, Brewster, 7-6. 5th place. 160 - Wyatt Jenkins, Pomeroy, pinned Chris Burbank, Brewster, 2nd Rd. Jenkins pinned Alex Alvarez, Orville, 2nd rd. Jenkins pinned by Gunnar Doggett, Liberty Bell, 3rd rd. 2nd place. 170 - Tory Knebel, Pomeroy, pinned Austin Anderson, Kettle Falls, 1st rd. Knebel pinned Shane Coleman, Liberty Bell, 2nd rd. Knebel dec over Garrett Sax, Selkirk, 8-0. 1st place. 195 - Austin Reisdorph, Pomeroy, pinned John Wilson, Northwest Christian, 1st rd. Reisdorph pinned Tyler Vinning, Kettle Falls, 2nd rd. Reisdorph lost dec Dalton Ginter, Pateros, 5-2. 2nd place. 220 - Mike Wymore pinned Marshall Hart, Northwest Christian, 2nd rd. Wymore pinned by Nate Sorensen, Kittitas, 2nd rd. Wymore dec over Derrick Nanez, White Swan, 2-0 OT. Wymore pinned Grayson Morris, Ritzville, 3rd rd. 3rd place.