Pirate grapplers pin Wa-Hi, Mac-Hi foes

Pomeroy’s Clayton King (top) prepares to roll a Wa-Hi wrestler on his back during their match at Walla Walla High School.

Pomeroy’s Clayton King (top) prepares to roll a Wa-Hi wrestler on his back during their match at Walla Walla High School.

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Mac-Hi’s Preston Tarplii (top) prepares to pin Pomeroy’s Steven Warsocki during their match at Wa-Hi on Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA — Pomeroy’s wrestlers took on junior varsity grapplers from Walla Walla High and McLoughlin High at the Wa-Hi gym Wednesday night in preparation of the upcoming postseason competition.

“Our kids did pretty well,” Pirates coach Brian Slaybaugh said. “They are starting to eliminate their mistakes and capitalize on their opponents mistakes. The postseason is coming up and they are picking up the pace.”

At 126 pounds, Pomeroys J.J. Killgore picked up pins over both a Mac-Hi and Wa-Hi foe.

Pirates Clayton King, at 132 pounds, won a pair of decisions over Blue Devils, and Steven Wysocki edged a Pioneer.

At 145 pounds, Shawn Weisner made quick work of two Mac-Hi grapplers, while fellow Pirate Jarod Thorpe pinned his Pioneer opponent.

Havin Heytvelt won his 152-pound match over a Blue Devil.

Pomeroy’s Adam Herres ran into trouble against two Wa-Hi foes at 160 pounds, losing by pin and decision.

Taylor Lewis turned it around for the Pirates at 170 with a pair of decisions over Wa-Hi grapplers, but at the same weight Jacob Schuh suffered a pin and loss by decision to two Blue Devils.

To close out Pomeroy’s action, Everett Stevenson at 195 pounds lost to a Wa-Hi foe before pinning a Mac-Hi grappler.

The Pirates head to White Swan for a match Friday, while Wa-Hi’s varsity opens the Clearwater Invite in Lewiston and Mac-Hi’s varsity goes to the Oregon Classic in Redmond, Ore., also on Friday.

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