PASCO, Wash., The Flathead wrestling team won four duals before falling in the championship match to take second place at the Best of the West duals event in Pasco, Wash., on Friday.
The Braves began the day with wins of 59-15 over Ellensburg (WA), 77-6 over Southridge (WA), and 45-27 over Tahoma (WA).
Flathead edged the third-ranked team in Washington, Chiawana, 36-34 to reach the championship dual, where they fell 50-23 to Newberg, the second-ranked team in Oregon.
It was a great day, Im very proud of how our kids improved, Flathead coach Jeff Thompson said.
Thompson was especially happy with Tanner Russells performance. Russell went 5-0 at 170 pounds, winning three matchs by pin and two by technical fall.
Hes a great team leader, and he gets better every single match, Thompson said.
Cole Eastwood also went 5-0, getting a pin in all his matches at 106.
He will be a threat at 103 pounds when we get back in the state of Montana, Thompson said.
Fin Nadeau (132) had a strong performance, losing a tight 8-5 decision to Tahomas Austin Michalski but winning his other four matches, including a pin in the championship. Zaybin Stewart (160) also went 4-1 and racked up four pins.
The Braves will be back on the mat today in Pasco for the individual event, starting at 9 a.m.
What a great way to start the first half [of the season], Thompson said. He said the team will get four days off after today to get our bodies recovered physically and emotionally.
Championship Round 1
Flathead 59, Ellensburg (WA) 15
106 Cole Eastwood, F, pinned Sawyer Townsend, 3:01; 113 Damian Naldret, F, won by forfeit; 120 Christian Davis, E, dec. Asher Kemppainen, 6-3; 126 Brendan Barnes, F, won by forfeit; 132 Fin Nadeau, F, dec. Cooper Lanning, C, 8-4; 138 Cole Weaver, E, pinned Dominic Battello, 4:33; 145 Jaden MacNeil, F, dec. Dean Child, C, 8-4; 152 Bo Meyer, F, pinned Richard Wellington, 2:20; 160 Zaybin Stewart, F, pinned Corgan Smith, :20; 170 Tanner Russell, F, won by technical fall over Brandon Malelrgaard, 15-0; 182 Henry Rinehart, E, pinned Paxton Boyce, 3:19; 195 Ross Calhoon, F, won by forfeit; 220 Sebastian Koch, F, won by forfeit; 285 Michael Downing, F, pinned Joseph Peterson, :42.
Pool A quarterfinal
Flathead 77, Southridge (WA) 6
106 Cole Eastwood, F, pinned Thui Htoo, 3:27; 113 Damian Naldret, F, won by technical fall over Soe Moe Hlat, 17-0; 120 Dillon Yeadon, F, won by pin, 2:59; 126 Brendan Barnes, F, pinned Jacob Williams, 4:13; 132 Fin Nadeau, F, pinned Xavier Ruiz, :33; 138 Dominic Battello, F, pinned Knyaw Shee, 1:42; 145 Jaden MacNeil, F, pinned Jordan Tobery, :32; 152 Bo Meyer, F, pinned Jacob Tobery, 1:42; 160 Zaybin Stewart, F, pinned Brian Sims, :45; 170 Tanner Russell, F, pinned Ryan Staywook, :48; 182 Paxton Boyce, F, pinned Cody Hudson, 1:38; 195 Jevon Johnson, S, pinned Ross Calhoon, 1:13; 220 Sebastian Koch, F, won by forfeit; 285 Aydan Prieto, F, pinned Carlitos Morales, :37.
Pool A semifinal
Flathead 45, Tahoma (WA) 27
106 Cole Eastwood, F, pinned Drew Lavigne, :23; 113 Carter Clark, T, NA ; 120 Asher Kemppainen, F, dec. Braydon Hanson, 6-3; 126 Brendan Barnes, F, pinned Devan Martin, 4:00; 132 Austin Michalski, T, dec. Fin Nadeau, 8-5; 138 Steele Starren, T, pinned Dominic Battello, 1:27; 145 Jaden MacNeil, F, pinned Nicholas Hulitt, :44; 152 Bo Meyer, F, pinned Hunter Kagen, 4:59; 160 Zaybin Stewart, F, pinned Spencer Bergsma, 1:19; 170 Tanner Russell, F, pinned Kaleb Magee, :47; 182 Michael Gasper, T, pinned Paxton Boyce, 3:34; 195 Gage Dress, T, pinned Ross Calhoon, 1:38; 220 Sebastian Koch, F, pinned Levi Kovacs, :45; 285 J.P. Phemps, T, pinned Aydan Prieto, 5:06.
Pool A first place match
Flathead 36, Chiawana (WA) 34
106 Cole Eastwood, F, pinned Davian Martinez, 1:04; 113 Aiden Chavez, C, over Damian Naldret, DQ; 120 Asher Kemppainen, F, dec. Lance Stover, 8-3; 126 Darion Johnson, C, dec. Brendan Barnes, 4-0; 132 Fin Nadeau, F, dec. Kobe Santoyo, 3-1; 138 Jaden MacNeil, F, pinned EJ Martinez, 1:22; 145 Robby Vaughn, C, won by forfeit; 152 Bo Meyer, F, pinned Xavyr Anderson, 2:48; 160 Riley Cissne, C, maj. dec. Zaybin Stewart, 14-6; 170 - Tanner Russell, F, pinned Victor Silva, 3:19; 182 Tyson Stover, C, pinned Paxton Boyce, 5:47; 195 Cayetano Talavera, C, dec. Ross Calhoon, 3-0; 220 Sebastian Koch, F, pinned Deonte Muse, 1:21; 285 Colby Blasdel, C, pinned Michael Downing, 3:09.
Newberg (OR) 50, Flathead 23
106 Cole Eastwood, F, pinned Malaki Amaya, 1:57; 113 Nicky Olmstead, N, pinned Damian Naldret, 120 1:31; 120 Ayden Garver, N, pinned Asher Kemppainen, 2:45; 126 Christopher Strange, N, major dec. Brendan Barnes, 11-3; 132 Fin Nadeau, F, pinned Charlie Evans, 3:33; 138 Micah Worthington, N, dec. Jaden MacNeil, 8-7; 145 Joey Moody, N, won by forfeit; 152 Jonah Worthington, N, dec. Bo Meyer, 7-4; 160 Zaybin Stewart, F, pinned Gavin Korkeakoski, 1:52; 170 Tanner Russell, F, won by technical fall, Braden Baxter, 17-2; 182 Oliver Myers, N, major dec. Paxton Boyce, 10-0; 195 Jordan Beaudry, N, pinned Ross Calhoon, 2:00; 220 Hunter James, N, pinned Sebastian Koch, 1:04; 285 Connor OBryan, N, pinned Aydan Prieto, :45.