Castle Rock’s Wayne Baker, a defending state champion at 160 pounds, started his title defense with a win and was named outstanding wrestler for the upper weight classes at the Three Rivers Classic on Saturday. Kalama’s Chase Staup, who missed last year’s Mat Classic with an injury, earned outstanding wrestler of the lower weights by taking the 120-pound class Saturday.
Baker’s win led Castle Rock to the team title with 175 points, edging Rainier’s 158.5 and R.A. Long’s 146.
Also for Castle Rock, Buddy Kayser won at 152 and Levi Huls won at 285. Ethan Erickson finished second at 120, and Erik Titus (132), Cam Wason (145), Cole Hooper (160), Austin McQuilliams (170), Dakota Gottschalk (170), Noel Perez (220) and Jett Johnson (285) all finished third. Michael Clark placed fourth at 285.
For Kalama, Abe Foreman was second at 152, Arthur Olinger was second at 220 and Ethan Hoggatt was third at 126.
On the girls’ side, Castle Rock’s Kylee Jacobs won at 110 pounds, Debera Beer (120), Johanne Hoier-Jensen (145), Aarin Strum (170) and Makayla Wilbur (100) finished second and Winter Kindle (115) placed third.
No information was reported for R.A. Long or Rainier.
Edmonds Invite: The Kelso boys finished fifth in the 33-team event, as Blake Fowler and Alan Luff won titles in the season opener on Saturday.
Luff captured the 106-pound crown by winning a second-round pin, a quarterfinal technical fall, an 8-5 semifinal decision and a 10-0 major decision in the first-place match.
Fowler won at 182 pounds with second- and third-round pins, an 8-7 semifinal decision and a 7-2 final decision.
Also medaling for the Scotties were McKinnley Franklin (fifth at 285 pounds), Jake Webb (third at 152), Joe Carroll (fifth at 145), Jovani Jimenez (seventh at 138) and Ben Hunnicutt (fourth at 126).
Yelm Jump on In Tournament: The Kelso girls led the local contingent in Yelm on Saturday, finishing ninth. Woodland placed 15th.
Makayla Roggow was first at 145 pounds, earning three pins to earn the title. Ashley McGhee placed third at 105 pounds, Kyla Shoddy was co-fifth at 130 and Eva Mendina was co-fifth at 235.
For Woodland, Ashlyn Daugherty won at 110 pounds, earning two pins and 7-3 decision, and Allison Bong was fourth at 155.
Ridgefield Invitational: Woodland’s Judeah Sanders (113), Josiah Sanders (120) and Andrew Pottratz all won titles on Saturday. Gaige Pilot (106), Parker Owen (120) and Christian Yager (170) all finished second. In third place for the Beavers, who finished second as a team, were Mark Morales (170) and Jesse Potter (195). David Yager (126), Caeden Kelly (132), Russell Shell (145) and Wyatt Shirley (152) finished fourth.
Woodland 86, Fort Vancouver 81: The Beavers fought back from a 16-point third-quarter deficit to force overtime and steal a nonleague win at home Saturday. Alex Bishop finished with 26 points, Trey Hanson had 18 points, and Isaiah and Tyler Flanagan combined for 39. Tommy Lewellen, who did not play, was credited with pitching the idea for a defensive switch that changed the tide of the game, coach Andrew Johnson said. “The boys fight was unbelievable,” he said.
Castle Rock 58, Tenino 36: Connor Edwards dropped 28 points and freshmen Adam Partridge and Landon Gardner each were applauded for their efforts. They combined for 15 points. “It was really a great team effort,” first-year coach Hayden Tilton said.
Toledo 44, Vashon Island 36: Fano Arceo-Hansen dropped 14 points and Andreas Malunat had 13 as the Indians downed their opponent at the Friday Harbor Tip Off Classic on Saturday. “It was tight most of the way,” coach Grady Fallon said. “They took the lead, and two plays in a row, we executed the play and got an easy bucket.”
Seton Catholic 80, Wahkiakum 48: A strong first half kept the Mules within 34-26 heading into the lockers, but the Cougars’ size and depth was too much in the nonleague home bout. Brody Carlson had 12 points and Jake Leitz finished with 11 for the Mules. Evan Quigley had seven rebounds. “I think we learned a lot from it,” coach Todd Souvenir said.
Naselle 56, Winlock 45: The Comets’ defense led the way in the nonleague road victory. Jimmy Strange had 13 points and Antonio Nolan had 12 for the Comets, who forced 24 turnovers. “We could have hit a few more shots, but I’m pleased with where we’re at after five practices,” coach Brian Macy said. Noah Patching had 14 points, Coleson Richendollar had 12 and Bryce Cline finished with 10 for the Cardinals.
Three Rivers Christian 39, Rainier, Wash. 37: Jaden Moore’s putback off a blocked shot gave the Eagles their first win of the year in the nonleague home bout. Ryan Random scored 20 points and Wyatt Richards dropped in 10 points and five assists. George Reiger had five rebounds. “What a grinder!” coach Dave Tuengel said.
The Eagles lost Evergreen Lutheran on Friday night, falling 60-55 in overtime. Ransom had 25 points and Richards had 12. Moore finished with seven points and 11 rebounds.
Castle Rock 57, Toutle Lake 43: The Rockets shot 21 of 25 from the free-throw line as Payton Kessler scored 17 points off the bench and Kaitlyn Sullivan erupted for 29 points in the nonleague road win. “Kaitlyn came up big,” coach Kim Karnofski said. “She had a bunch of weakside rebounds and putbacks.” Toutle Lake was paced by Molly Donald’s 14 points.
Black Hills 1931, R.A. Long 1690: Kylee Newman rolled a 349 series, including a 200 game, and Precious Sprague had a 311 series on Friday in Tumwater.
Lower Columbia 104, Big Bend 90: Martis Johnson erupted for 30 points and nine rebounds, going 13 of 18 from the field to the lead the Red Devils to a victory in the Bigfoot Classic meeting in Spokane.
Dwayne Stewart added 18 points and Seth Hall finished with 12 points and three assists. Samaad Hector came off the bench to chip in 20 points and seven rebounds, as the Devils dominated the glass 44-29.
The 15 offensive rebounds led to easy buckets, and LCC shot 57.8 percent from the field (37-64), and got to the line 34 times. Devonte Dennis added nine rebounds.
Lower Columbia 78, Lane 71: Kenya Lorton scored 22 points and added 11 rebounds as the Red Devils picked up the home victory at Myklebust Gymansium.
Shasta Lofgren chipped in 20 points, six assists and four steals, and Emily Packham had 12 points.
The Red Devils shot 45.2 percent from the field (28-62), and 71.4 percent from the line (10-14).
Editor's Note: Toledo's opponent was incorrectly identified. They played Vashon Island.