Flathead finishes 2nd at PNW Classic

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Flathead 2nd at PNW Classic

Nadeau, Gash-Gilder win wrestling titles

The Daily Inter Lake

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Flathead finished second as a team and had two wrestlers win titles at the Pacific Northwest Classic wrestling tournament on Saturday at University High School.

Braves 170-pounder Tucker Nadeau earned a 4-3 decision against Othello’s Reese Jones and 220-pounder Matt Gash-Gilder earned a 4-2 decision over Coeur d’Alene’s Alex Marshall to secure individual titles.

Previously undefeated 132-pounder Trae Vasquez dropped his first match of the season in the 132-pound final in triple overtime to fellow All American Clai Quintanilla of Spokane North Central.

“They own four All-American medals between the two of them,” Flathead coach Jeff Thompson said.

“It was one of the top five high school matches I’ve ever seen.”

In total, nine Flathead wrestlers placed in the top four at the meet. Hunter Rush (106 pounds), Bryce Shaffer (113), Payton Hume (152) and Michael Lee (285) finished third and Tanner Russell (126) and Kenyon Fretwell (145) finished fourth.

“Overall I’m very happy with their performance,” Thompson said.

“It was nice to see different wrestlers, wresters we haven’t seen this year. In Washington, they focus on a different type of wrestling, more riding and trying to get the pin. We really improved a lot throughout the tournament with top and bottom wrestling.”

Flathead is back on the mat Tuesday with a home dual versus Missoula Hellgate at 6 p.m.

Pacific Northwest Classic

Saturday

at University High School, Spokane Valley

Team Scores

1. Mead 233.5; 2. Flathead 190.0; 3. University 150.5; 4. Deer Park 143.0; 5. Othello 139.0; 6. Mt. Spokane 119.0; 7. Coeur d`Alene 118.0; 8. North Central 114.0; 9. East Valley 111.5; 10. Freeman 83.5; 11. Ferris 59.0; 12. Lake City 56.5; 13. Sandpoint 40.0; 14. Shadle Park 37.5; 15. Wenatchee 26.5; 16. Hanford 25.0; 17. Pigdogs 16.0.

Flathead Results

Final

132 - Clai Quintanilla (North Central) won in tie breaker over Trae Vasquez (Flathead), TB-1 8-4; 170 - Tucker Nadeau (Flathead) dec. Reese Jones (Othello), 4-3; 220 - Matt Gash-Gilder (Flathead) dec. Alex Marshall (Coeur d`Alene), 4-2.

Third Place

106 - Hunter Rush (Flathead) dec. Ethan Smith (East Valley), 2-0; 113 - Bryce Shaffer (Flathead) dec. Hunter Nees (Freeman), 6-5; 126 - Clayton Gilliam (North Central) pin Tanner Russell (Flathead), 1:52; 145 - Max Peressini (Coeur d`Alene) pin Kenyon Fretwell (Flathead), 3:13; 152 - Payton Hume (Flathead) pin Collin Freeman (Othello), 1:48; 285 - Michael Lee (Flathead) pin Chemi Cantu (Othello), 0:57.

Semifinals

106 - Chase Randall (Mead) dec. Hunter Rush (Flathead), 8-6; 126 - Jake Howerton (Mt. Spokane) pin Tanner Russell (Flathead), 1:25; 132 - Trae Vasquez (Flathead) dec. Randy McDonald (East Valley), 7-4; 170 - Tucker Nadeau (Flathead) dec. Grayson Bowles (Mt. Spokane), 9-3; 220 - Matt Gash-Gilder (Flathead) dec. Collin Grosse (Mead), 8-5; 285 - Clayton Fincher (University) dec. Michael Lee (Flathead), 7-1.

Quarterfinals

106 - Hunter Rush (Flathead) pin Casey Olesen (Sandpoint), 4:45; 113 - Chase Tebbets (Mead) maj. dec. Bryce Shaffer (Flathead), 8-0; 126 - Tanner Russell (Flathead) dec. Clayton Gilliam (North Central), 8-4; 132 - Trae Vasquez (Flathead) maj. dec. Nolan Doloughan (Freeman), 10-0; 145 - Jack Byers (Ferris) dec. Kenyon Fretwell (Flathead), 4-2; 152 - Collin Freeman (Othello) dec. Payton Hume (Flathead), 6-5; 170 - Tucker Nadeau (Flathead) dec. Hunter Greggerson (University), 5-0; 182 - Winston Scott (East Valley) pin Hunter Wellcome (Flathead), 0:55; 220 - Matt Gash-Gilder (Flathead) pin Cooper Brown (Lake City), 0:20; 285 - Michael Lee (Flathead) pin Chase Bunker (Ferris), 0:52.

Consolation Bracket

Semifinal

106 - Hunter Rush (Flathead) maj. dec. Jarrett Sharp (Mt. Spokane), 10-2; 113 - Bryce Shaffer (Flathead) dec. Hunter Murphey (Hanford), 4-1; 126 - Tanner Russell (Flathead) maj. dec. Jacob Kessinger (East Valley), 19-6; 145 - Kenyon Fretwell (Flathead) dec. JJ Iltz (Freeman), 6-0; 152 - Payton Hume (Flathead) pin Preston Bunty (Sandpoint), 0:49; 285 - Michael Lee (Flathead) pin David Jackson (Pigdogs), 1:06.

Third Round

113 - Bryce Shaffer (Flathead) pin Mason Bangeman (Sandpoint), 1:25; 145 - Kenyon Fretwell (Flathead) maj. dec. Max Walker (Mt. Spokane), 11-2; 152 - Payton Hume (Flathead) pin Josh Johnson (North Central), 0:09.

Second Round

113 - Bryce Shaffer (Flathead) maj. dec. Josh Anastasi (Ferris), 9-1; 120 - Brennon (Noah) McDermott (East Valley) dec. Cody DeVall (Flathead), 3-2; 138 - Craig Hill (Mead) pin Bo Meyer (Flathead), 0:52; 145 - Kenyon Fretwell (Flathead) dec. Bryson Moore (Pigdogs), 8-2; 152 - Payton Hume (Flathead) pin Riley Flack (Freeman), 0:10; 160 - Weston Dean (Deer Park) dec. Caleb Sherrill (Flathead), 8-4; 182 - Seth Oglesby (Mt. Spokane) dec. Hunter Wellcome (Flathead), 3-2;

First Round

120 - Cody DeVall (Flathead) pin Jacob Entwistle (Ferris), 3:38; 138 - Bo Meyer (Flathead) dec. Ken Johnson (Ferris), 3-2; 160 - Caleb Sherrill (Flathead) dec. Tanner Pierce (Mt. Spokane), 5-0; 195 - Hans Wichman (Coeur d`Alene) pin Jonas Nyman (Flathead), 1:23.

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