Two heavyweights capped the Dave Holter Invite in Herculean fashion.
Kelso’s McKinnley Franklin defeated Woodland’s Andrew Pottratz in overtime during the heavyweight round of the Kelso wrestling tournament on Saturday. The rare 285 overtime may have been the perfect ending to a day that displayed growth and struggle.
“We know what each of us do and how to defend each other,” Franklin said. “It was a good match; it was fun to be apart of.”
Franklin and Pottratz have trained together, and faced each other before. That familiarity led to equal parts exhaustion and excitement.
“Going into overtime was just the icing on the cake,” Pottratz said. “Knowing that I was able to go with a guy ranked third in the state in the 3A. Going that extra mile with him. … I feel like it’s going to give me momentum going into the next tournament, and maybe into state.”
Franklin was one of Kelso’s seven champions, as the Scotties dominated the event with 253.5 points. Tumwater finished second with 133. Rainier was third with 118.5, and R.A. Long and Woodland tied for fifth at 107.
“Us big boys get pretty tired,” Franklin said. “It definitely pushes me forward for the next tournament. It gets me excited just to see what I can do.”
The match was tied 1-1 from the second period on, and the third period ended with a loud cheer from the crowd.
“McKinnley has worked hard for four years, and (it was exciting) for him to come out here and to win on an almost-loss type of situation,” Kelso assistant coach Pat Connors said. “I think McKinnley was comfortable in that he had a plan there. He knew what he was going to do, and he hit the roll-though and it worked.”
Connors noted that Franklin has had a strong season, with Washington Wrestling Report ranking him as the third-best 285 wrestler in the Class 3A. While Pottratz doesn’t rank on the 2A list, his performance impressed coaches.
“It was a good match for Pottratz,” Woodland coach Jason Sanders said. “Good all the way through, and to get overtime in, for big guys that doesn’t usually happen. So it was a good hard-fought match for both of them.”
Woodland and Kelso wrestlers also started the championship round, as Hilander Alan Luff (106) defeated Gaige Pilot 21-7.
Woodland saw Judeah (113) and Josiah (120) Sanders in the final round, with Judeah winning by fall and Josiah losing 5-2 in a controversial decision.
Kelso had 10 wrestlers in the championship round. Jacob Fowler (126), Derick Soto (132), Jovani Jimenez (138), Jakob Webb (160) and Blake Fowler (182) won by fall. David Perry (220), Nate Miller (195) and Shale Webb (152) finished as runners-up.
R.A. Long wrestlers Xree Flemming (132) and DeMichael McGill (138) joined Ian Johnson (195) in the championship round. Johnson defeated Kelso’s Nate Miller by fall. Flemming and McGill finished second.
Rainier also represented well. Brandon Isaacson (145) won by 11-2 decision in the final, while David Katon (160), Tanner Champman (170) and Korbin Howell (182) wrestled in the championship round despite coming from the tournament’s smallest school.