Bears Regionals Preview
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The Bears qualified 11 wrestlers for the Regional Tournament in Ephrata this weekend. If all goes they should have no less than 6 wrestlers make it to state. The six with the best chance are Avila, Corriel, DelAngel, DeLaPena, Llerenas and Josh Corke. The other 5 regional competitors for the Bears will need to record some upsets if they want to go to state.
119 - Sergio Avila - Zambrano was gone attending to family matters. Mendez of Connell never made the finals. So you might think that Sergio had a cake walk at districts. Well, Rudy Garza spoiled the show. Sergio will most likely face Jon Limbeck of Cashmere before the finals at regionals. Limbeck beat Sergio at regionals last year. Sergio returned the favor at state. Sergio is 23-4 this year and carries a three year record of 75-21 (51-9 the last two years) going into this weekend.
135 - Ramon DelAngel - Jermai Hafer of Othello ended Ramon's bid for a finals appearance at district. Ramon will probably get another crack at Derek Williams from Tonasket in the second round. Ramon is 18-9 this year and will be in his first regional tournament. He is definitly a candidate for the top 5 spots.
140 - Josh Corke - It will be tough for Corke to crack the top three at regionals. He is a combined 0-6 versus Thompson, Villarreal and Hutchinson this year. This leaves him at 18-3 against everyone else. He nearly defeated Hutchinson during the regular season, and had wrestled well against Villarreal and Thompson. He should get a chance to wrestle the #1 from the North, Cole Webley, Quincy, in the second round.
145 - Justin Corke - There will be a lot of work to be done for Justin at regionals. In order to join his brother Josh, who most likely will going back to state, Justin will need to record an upset or two. The first upset would need to come against Mason Massey of Chelan, #4 from the North. Justin has the attitude and aggressiveness to win at regionals.
152 - Jesse DeLaPena - The top three should be were Jesse finishes this weekend. Will it be #1, #2 or #3 is the question. He has the ability to beat all of the wrestlers in the class. He defeated Garza of Wapato at regionals last year 7-5. Freeman is a good counter wrestler, so Jesse will need to finish everything he starts. If all goes well, he will probably be meeting Freeman in the semi-finals.
160 - Kyle Nickerson - It is going to be very tough to come from the #7 slot and earn a state birth. Kyle is tough. Kyle will need to step up his attack and it will need to start in his first match against Jamie Sehorn of East Valley. There can be no let up from Kyle if he wants to go to state.
171 - Josh Corriel - Defeating Jason Goodrich of Connell in the semi's at district put Corriel in good position to qualify for state. Corriel will receive a first round bye and then probably wrestle either Garrett Klein of Ephrata or Nick Elwell of Wapato in the second round. A win here would put him in great shape.
189 - Cody Roos - A few upsets will need to be in store for Roos to qualify for state. The first will need to come against state vet Paul Hargrove of Cascade. Roos will have to wrestle smart and error free and use some of his pinning power to advance to state.
189 - Chris Dehmer - Again it will be hard to qualify for state from the #7 slot. Dehmer knows how to pin his opponents, as he showed with 3 pins at district. He will need to have that kind of tournament again at regionals.
215 - Eliseo Llerenas - Inexperience did not cost Llerenas at district. Eliseo will get Cochran of Connell in the first round. A win there would send him into a match with Nathan Price of Ephrata. This would be a great place for an upset, but inexperience may rear its ugly head. Llerenas will have some work to do, but has a good chance at qualifying for state.
275 - Kevin Hunter - There will be a lot of big bodies in the way for Hunter. He has improved tremendously this year and will gain some great experience at regionals. If he is not able to make it through to state this year, he will be a strong contender next season.
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