White River boys place fifth in tough Rumble in the Valley tournament

Gabe Hawthorne and Weston Lyver both earned first in their weight classes.

White River wrestlers headed in two directions Saturday, one group crossing the Cascades for Prosser High’s Rumble in the Valley tournament while the rest made the shorter jaunt to Emerald Ridge High and the Jaguar Invitational.

The 17-team Prosser tourney brought together some of the state’s best from various classifications. Powerful Toppenish High took the team title and White River wound up fifth.

The Hornets took a dozen wrestlers to Prosser.

Leading the way for the Hornets were Gabe Hawthorne, 152 pounds, and Weston Lyver, 160, both leaving the mat with individual championships. To earn their titles, each had to win four consecutive matches.

220 pounds: Cyrus Wheeler dominated in his first three matches, winning the opener by pin before registering back-to-back technical falls; he lost in the title bout and took second place.

126 pounds: Nate Belcourt won his first two matches then dropped two, placing fourth.

170 pounds: Jared Rodarte opened with a pin and a major decision, the lost a pair to claim fourth place.

285 pounds: Ethan Oles lost his first and last matches of the tournament, but one the three in between, placing sixth.

120 pounds: Brendan McBride won three of five matches and earned sixth-place points.

145 pounds: Julian Sandoval also captured three of his five matches and took sixth.

113 pounds: Ben Milligan split four matches.

132 pounds: Gage Sabin was victorious in the second of his three matches.

195 pounds: Jay Selander opened with a bye, then won one of three matches.

106 pounds: Caleb Evanger dropped two matches.

At the Jaguar Invitational, Christopher Bowen won two of his four matches at 170 pounds. Taking single victories in three matches were Ethan Barr, 126; Chance Gee-Lafollette, 145; and Chase Campbell, 152.

This week’s Hornet wrestling action is limited to Saturday’s appearance in the Berserker Invitational, hosted by Curtis High School in University Place.

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