Pomeroy's Knebel takes title — again

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TACOMA - Tory Knebel claimed his second consecutive state championship for Pomeroy here in wrestling action at Mat Classic XXIV in the Tacoma Dome.

Knebel, in the 170-pound class, opened with a pin over Liberty Bell's Shane Coleman in 1:49. Knebel moved onto the semifinal against Lake Roosevelt's Sean Waters. Kneble pinned Waters in 1:00.

Knebel and Warden's Hector Camacho squared off for th 170-pound championship. Knebel decisioned Camacho 8-3.

"It was a good match," Pirate coach Brian Slaybaugh said. "He (Knebel) was in control the whole time. He threw Camacho to his back in the first round and it looked like he was pinned, but Tory held Camacho on his back for most of the round."

Knebel finishes hist state title run with a 41-1 record.

"Tory is just a great kid," Slaybaugh continued. "He set his goal for this (title) back when he was a sophopmore. He went out there and got beat as a sophomore. He set his goal to not get beat again and he just went out there and won state two years in a row."

Knebel's title paced the Pirates to a fifth place finish in the 1B/2B team race. Warden took the team title with 143.5 points and the Pirates totaled 69, only seven points behind fourth-place Liberty Bell.

"We met expectations," Slaybaugh said. "Going into the finals, there was only one point between us and Liberty Bell. It was a real close race for fourth, fifth, and third place. We just got edged out there at the end. I was really pround of my kids. They worked really hard this season."

Austin Reisdorph, at 195, finished second for the Pirates. Reisdorph advanced to the finals against Pateros' Dalton Ginter. Ginter prevailed with an 9-2 decision, and Reisdorph finished the season 31-5.

Wyatt Jenkins, at 160, also earned second-place points for the Pirates. Gunnar Doggett of Liberty Bell decisioned Jenkins 8-2 to win the 160-pound title and place Jenkins second. It was Jenkins second finals and he finished the season 34-4.

At 145, Jacob Moore went 2-2 to finish fourth. Moore's two wins were by fall, but he was decisioned by Republic's Kyle Kirkendal and Reardan's Kaare Anderson to finish fourth.

Ryan Smith at 152 and Mike Wymore at 220 completed the Pirate contingent at state but did not place.

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