Trio of regional champions leads Pirate grapplers to state tourney

Defending state champion Klyntin Bott is joined by nine other Pomeroy wrestlers as they head to Mat Classic XXII Friday and Saturday.


POMEROY - Pomeroy had three champions at the Class B regional wrestling meet at Kittitas last weekend, and the Pirates are sending 10 grapplers to Friday and Saturday's Mat Classic XXII at the Tacoma Dome.

That has Pomeroy coach Derek Shawley very optimistic about the Pirates matching, or surpassing, last year's third-place team finish at the state tournament.

"I'm really excited to take 10 guys to (state)," he said. "For us, as a small school, this is a huge accomplishment. We were shooting for 10 (qualifiers to state), and we're really happy with how they wrestled."

The top five finishers at the regional advanced to Mat Classic.

Leading the way is defending 189-pound state champion Klyntin Bott, who won the regional title at that weight with an 8-6 decision over Reardan's Rollie Beckstrom.

Justin Aldridge won the regional championship last weekend with an 11-5 decision over a Liberty Bell wrestler, and Scott Wolf at 152 pounds won the title wth a 1-0 decision over Nate Poulson of Kittitas.

Finishing second was Austin Reisdorph at 171 pounds, who was pinned in the first round of the finals match by a Reardan grappler.

Coming in third for the Pirates were Jacob Moore (135 pounds, with a 5-4 overtime victory over a Ritzville wrestler), Tory Knebel (160 pounds, with a third-round pin of a Selkirk grappler) and Ethan McGee (215 pounds, with an injury default over Pirates teammate Matt Slaybaugh).

Slaybaugh's loss to McGee left him with a fourth-place finish, along with Pomeroy's Tyler Reisdorph (189 pounds, with a third-round pin by a Pateros wrestler).

Nick Tewalt (130 pounds, with a 16-2 decision over an Almira-Coulee-Hartline wrestler) picked up the final Pomeroy spot with his fifth-place finish.

In the team competition, Kittitas won with 247 points, followed by Reardan's 240.5, Pomeroy at 225.5, Republic at 134 and Liberty Bell's 100.

Shawley said he expects the top three or four teams from this regional to fight it out for the state's top finishes this week.

"I would love to be in the top three again this year," he said. "I really believe the top four teams (from regional), with maybe a team from the west side, should battle for the top three."

Pomeroy has five state-placers from last year's Pirate squad that finished third as a team.

Knebel took third at 160 pounds last year, Slaybaugh was third at 171 pounds, Tyler Reisdorph was fourth at 171 pounds, McGee was fifth at 189 pounds and Bott won the state championship at l89 pounds.

"I'd love to bring nine medals home for the kids," Shawley said. "That's my outlook."


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