This will be an abbreviated report as when we returned from Eureka on Saturday night, my managers put the official books someplace and I can’t find them.
The Arlee Warriors wrestling team placed fourth at the Buzz Lucy Invitational Wrestling tournament this past weekend in Eureka. Six of the eight Warrior Wrestlers entered into the tournament came home with medals.
Warrior’s Cameron Dominick won the 135 pound championship against a tough Columbia Falls opponent in an 8-2 decision to take the weight class. Dominick wrestled extremely well, and probably the best I have ever seen him on the mat. Dominick was nursing an injured knee from the wrestling on Friday evening in Eureka and surely didn’t want anyone grabbing his leg, so came out in perfect form for the entire tournament. Warriors Cody North at 215 pounds, Austin Rubel at 140 pounds and Leif Rova at 160 pounds all came home with Silver medals in the tournament. North took out some big guys on his way to the championship, but lost in the finals to a Columbia Falls wrestlers. Rubel wrestled extremely solid all the way through to the 140 pound final where his one mistake of the tournament cost him a gold medal, and Leif Rova at 160 pounds eliminated some strong competition to get into the championship where he lost a tough match to Plains/Hot Springs’s Kris Beech by pin. Rova has been improving each time he steps on the mat as all the Warriors wrestlers have been. He is getting tougher and tougher with each competition.
One Warrior wrestlers, Albert Plant at 171 pounds lost only one match on the day to place third in his weight class. Al is deceptively talented on the mat and his technique keeps improving. Daniel Dunlop at 112 pounds finished the tournament in fourth place. Dunlop also wrestled with a bad thumb during the tournament went 3 – 2 for the day and has shown us really what he is made of.]
The Warriors were without Clayton Trimble this weekend because of a hand injury but expect him back in competition after the holiday break. The Warriors will host a home dual at 6:00 pm this Thursday and hope to see everyone there.