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Mat Classic XVII Tournament Results


The Bears found the going rough at this years Mat Classic. As a team they did manage to finish in the top 15, placing 14th with 49 points.

Brandon Ashley started his march to the title with a 0:55 pin in the first round, then a 14-5 thrasing of Alex Gateman of Vashon Island in the second. Thus ended his day of work on Friday. Saturday morning started with his toughest match of the tournament against Robert Spackman of Riverside. Brandon grabbed the early lead with a head and arm and led 5-2 late into the third. He added another takedown late in the third to seal the deal. In the finals, Travis Draper never had a chance. Brandon attacked with a vengence. Draper was usually on the defensive or trying to get off of his back most of the match. The 5th rematch with Conrad Garza did not happen due to Draper winning in OT on a stall point against Garza in the semi-finals. Draper is a very good wrestler, but this year Brandon was the best. Brandon finishes his career with 110 wins, a school record 61 pins and joins a group 5 other Ki-Be wrestlers that are able to call themselves State Champions.

It was not to be for Junior Gonzalez. A double OT loss to Justin Eastman in the semi-finals ended his dream of winning a state title. Friday started out just fine with an 8-2 win in the first round and then a pin in the second round. Saturday morning got tough. Junior led Eastment 8-7 late in the match when Eastman got a single leg takedown with only seconds left in regulation. Junior escaped as time expired to tie it up and send it into overtime. He was unable to get a takedown in the first OT. In the second OT Eastman chose down and escaped about 15 seconds in. Junior appeared unready for the next match against Keith Johnson of Port Townsend, but gave it his all in his career finale against Nick Caldwell of Lakewood. He looked like himself as he recorded a number of takedowns, including his patented firemans. Junior finishes his career with 127 wins and is only the second Ki-Be wrestler to win 4 state medals.

Ryan Phipps came into the state tournament with high hopes of medaling. He accomplished that feat. After a first round loss, Ryan recorded back to back wins in the consolations to earn his medal. He fought hard in the next two matches, but was unable to improve his medal standing above 8th. Ryan can hold his head high as a Mat Classic XVII medalist for 2005. 14 of Ryans 17 wins this year were by pin and he recorded 41 pins for his career.

Tony Chapin won his first round match 8-5 and then lost to the eventual champ, John Quintrell of Woodlake, 7-4 in the quarter-finals. In his consolation match with Lukas Wolff, Tony was never able to get going as Wolff pinned him with a cradle. Tony had a fantastic career as a Bear wrestler. He finished the season 27-8 and ranks third on the Ki-Be pin list with 47.

Troy Cunningham has a bright future as a Bear. He went 1-2 and did not medal as a freshman. But a guy named Ale DeLaPena showed that going 1-2 as a freshman could lead to better things. Is Troy another Ale? Let's not put any pressure on the guy and just let him be Troy.

Daniel Gonzalez added some excitement for the Ki-Be fans in the post-season and should be a force to be reckoned with next season. The post-season experience that he gained this year will help him tremendously next season as he attempts to return to state.


Place Wgt Wrestler W-L Pins Team Pts
- 103 Troy Cunningham 1-2 1 3
5th 145 Junior Gonzalez 3-2 1 11
- 152 Tony Chapin 1-2 0 2
8th 160 Ryan Phipps 2-3 1 5
- 189 Daniel Gonzalez 1-2 0 2