Okanogan places fifth as a team at this year’s 1B/2B Mat Classic XXXIII; Colville tribal member James Smith ends wrestling career with a trip to the Tacoma Dome 

TACOMA, Wash. – Colville tribal member Joseph Cates of Okanogan High School made a run all the way to the semifinals of this year’s WIAA 2B State wrestling tournament.

However, Cates would fall one match short of wrestling in the state championship as his season ended in the semifinals losing to eventual state champion Gage Cook of Granger.

Cates would manage to end his junior season with a win, holding off Marcos Velazquez of Mabton for a 5-2 win in the third/fifth-place match at this year’s 1B/2B Mat Classic XXXIII, on Saturday (Feb. 19) afternoon at the Tacoma Dome.

Cates finished the season with a 17-8 overall record, earning 14.0 team points for the Bulldogs. His results from this year’s state tournament are listed below:

  • Quarterfinal - Won by fall over Cayden Mendez of Wahkiakum (Fall 3:47).
  • Semifinal – Lost to Gage Cook of Granger by disqualification (DQ)
  • Cons. Semi - Won by fall over Ryder Cruse of Rainier (Fall 4:43)
  • 3rd Place Match - Won by decision over Marcos Velazquez of Mabton (Dec 5-2)

James Smith (Colville tribal member) of Okanogan finished the season a 17-9 overall record, ending his senior year at this year’s Mat Classic XXXIII in the 1B/2B (285-lbs) bracket. His results from this year’s state tournament are listed below: 

  • Quarterfinal – Lost to Gage Cook of Granger by fall (Fall 1:53)
  • Cons. Round 1 – Lost to Cayden Mendez of Wahkiakum by fall (Fall 2:24)

The Okanogan High School wrestling team with a small contingent of wrestlers brought home fifth place as a team at this year's 1B/2B Mat Classic XXXIII, finishing with 66.0 team points earned, finishing ahead of Liberty Bell for sixth place who finished with 39.0 team points.

Okanogan’s Johnny Swartsel won the state championship in the 160-lb bracket, beating Chris Rodriguez of Tonasket (in a 4-2 decision). Tanner Grooms (113-lbs) and Charles Payne (220-lbs) each placed second for the Bulldogs in their respective weight classes at the WIAA 1B/2B state wrestling tournament. Their results from this year’s state tournament are listed below:

1B/2B 113 Tanner Grooms (31-2) placed 2nd and scored 16.0 team points.

  • Quarterfinal - Won by fall over Jesus Garcia Domanguez (Forks) 2-3 (Fall 1:01)
  • Semifinal - Won by decision over Aksel Espeland (Darrington) 5-1 (Dec 8-3)
  • 1st Place Match – Lost to Oscar Alvarez (Granger) 30-3 by decision over (Dec 7-2)

1B/2B 160 Johnny Swartsel (33-2) placed 1st and scored 20.0 team points.

  • Quarterfinal - Won by fall over Conner Kline (Reardan) 7-6 (Fall 3:04)
  • Semifinal – Won by decision over Zeke Crockett (Jenkins (Chewelah)) 9-3 (Dec 11-5)
  • 1st Place Match – Won by decision over Chris Rodriguez (Tonasket) 29-8 (Dec 4-2)

1B/2B 220 Charles Payne (26-4) placed 2nd and scored 16.0 team points.

  • Quarterfinal - Won by decision over Johnathan Jerome (North Beach) 4-3 (Dec 7-1)
  • Semifinal - Won by fall over Sloan Tumaua (Forks) 5-2 (Fall 3:34)
  • 1st Place Match – Lost to Carson Sasse (Tonasket) 35-4 by fall (Fall 2:00)

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