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Connell Invite Results

Brandon Ashley and Junior Gonzalez each won their second consecutive Connell invite championship. In four years of wrestling in the invite, Ashley accumulated a 12-2 record with 6 pins and placed 2nd twice along with his championships. In four years, Gonzalez went 14-2 with 4 pins and also recorded 2 fourth place finishes to go with his championships.

Ashley dominated a good 112 field, specifically Travis Draper in the finals. Brandon recorded Td after Td and was constantly on the offensive. Draper didn't know what hit him.

Gonzalez had a bit tougher time with Adam Orozco as he had to take it into 2-OT for the title. In the second OT Orozco took down, which is usually a good idea. But Gonzalez showed his toughness and held on to Orozco just long enough for the win.

Jose Prado continued a great week with a 4th place finish and 2 pins. On Thursday, Prado turned the tide in the Naches dual and on Saturday he picked up his first highschool wrestling medal. Prado could really give the Bears a boost at the heavier weights if he can continue to wrestle like this.

Troy Cunningham lost a close semifinal match 12-9 to the eventual champ, Tyler Gatemen of Vashon. In the quarterfinals he squeeked out a 4-2 win over Jared Reyes of Quincy. In the third place match he wated little with Derek Campbell of Naches with a 45 second pin.

At 171, Johnny Rivera recorded 2 pins and wrestled very well in taking 6th. Against Josh Vantrease of Naches, who had pinned Rivera just two days prior, he lost a close 8-5 battle. Jerry Haug put on a spurt in the second round of his 3rd place match to make the score 6-7 in his match with state vet Tyler Justus. He eventually lost 17-9, but he showed what he is capable of. Burns and Chapin ran into some tough competition on their way to 6th place finishes.

Team Score: Warden 177.5, Connell 176, Ephrata 141, Ridgefield 125, Chelan 125, Colfax 119, Kiona-Benton 118, Vashon 113, Kennewick 106, Naches 95, Royal 93, Quincy 85, Liberty 70, River View 37, Burbank 27, Pomeroy 25.5, Moses Lake 25, Dayton 13.

Wgt Place Wrestler W-L Pins TP
103 3rd Troy Cunningham 3-1 2 17
112 1st Brandon Ashley 4-0 1 25
119 - Aaron Mack 0-2 0 0
125 - Kyle Hagins 1-2 0 3
130 5th Jerry Haug 2-2 2 8
130 - Jeff Slape 0-2 0 0
135 6th Ryan Burns 2-2 0 4
145 1st Junior Gonzalez 4-0 1 25.5
152 6th Tony Chapin 2-2 1 7.5
171 - Jack Otto 0-2 0 0
171 6th Johnny Rivera 2-2 2 7
189 - Joseph Delangel 1-2 1 3
189 - Tommy Small 0-2 0 0
215 4th Jose Prado 3-1 2 15
275 - Zac Clegg 1-2 1 3