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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-5 Wrestling: 'Five of seven county wrestlers win one' continued from page B-1 Matt Zink, North Mason, 113 Zink entered the state championship in need of a con- fidence booster after losing in the finals at the 2A Region 2 Championship the weekend before, he said. He got it. In the first round Friday, Zink pinned Tumwater sopho- more Logan Greenwell after 2 minutes, 27 seconds. He said his first match went OK. "I messed up a couple times," Zink said. "I was anx- ious to get the one, so I wasn't thinking carefully." Although he was a bit over- whelmed by his first appear- ance at state, Zink said he kept his coaches' advice in mind. "I didn't expect anything different, the coaches were right on telling me it's just an- other tournament," Zink said. He lost his second-round match to Grandview senior Fi- del Medina with a pin at 5:09. "Matt went against a senior who was stronger and he was just out-muscled," McCarty said. In the consolation bracket, Zink lost to Granite Falls ju- nior Logan Corbin by pin at 1:48. Tyler Grewell, North Mason, 160 Grewell said his first match was "excellent." After a brief first-round blood time --when an offi- cial calls timeout because one wrestler is bleeding -- in his first match Friday, Grewell threw Ephrata senior Bryce Unruh to his back for a pin in 57 seconds. "I didn't waste too much en- ergy on it, but it got the butter- flies out," Grewell said. "I was expecting a longer match." Grewell placed eighth at state last year and said he just wanted to return to the champi- onship this season and have fun. He lost his second-round match by pin to Sedro-Wool- ley senior Clayton Johnson at 2:20. "Tyler made some mis- takes," McCarty said. "He tried to roll once too often and got caught." In the consolation bracket, Lakewood junior Gage Gilbert- son defeated Grewell by deci- sion, 10-3: Riley Rifle, Shelton, 113 Rifle said his first-round match against Mountain View senior Benjamin Dixon didn't go as he exPected. "I expected him to take shots right away and not just to tie up with me," Riffe said. Dixon pinned Riffe in 1:44. "I'm kind of disappointed because I didn't get to wrestle my match," Riffe said. "We were tying up the whole time and I didn't get to use my moves." In the consolation bracket, Rifle pinned O'Dea sophomore Korry Broderick in 2:29 before losing by major decision 13-2 to Highline junior Zach Edson. Lacy said Rifle's career so far at Shelton has been his- toric. "Riley is only the second sophomore in school history to have advanced to the state championship twice," Lacy said. Victor McIntosh, North Mason, 182 McIntosh entered his first- round match expecting a battle. After finishing fourth at the regional tournament, McIn- tosh said he knew he'd face a regional champion in the first round. "I didn't wrestle that bad," McIntosh said. "I should've worked harder on bottom." Deer Park sophomore Trey- or Eicher pinned McIntosh in 1:49. McIntosh said he was excit- ed and a little nervous by his first appearance at state. "It showed me where I need to focus," he said. In his second-round match in the consolation bracket, McIntosh defeated Fife sopho- more Tanner Knapp by deci- sion 9-3. Ellensburg junior Kerrigan Simpson ended McIntosh's state run with a pin at 3:11 in the third round of the tournament. Chase Davis, North Mason, 195 Davis' first match was go- ing well, until he screwed up, he said. "I let him reverse me and then got my arms wrapped up," Davis said. "All I had to do was scoot my hips away, but I was doing something else." Tumwater junior Sam Rich- ards pinned Davis at 3:09. "I was expecting it to be a tough match," Davis said. "I didn't think he'd pin me, though." Davis went 0-2 at state last year while competing with an injured shoulder. "I just want to take third," he said after his first match Friday. In the consolation brack- et, Davis earned a 0:38 pin over Cedarcrest junior Tyler Sutherland. Journal photos by Emily Hanson North Mason senior Matt Zink attempts to force Tumwater sophomore Logan Greenwell to his back for a pin in the first round of the 2A Mat Classic XXVI on Friday at the Tacoma Dome. Zink won the 113-pound bout by pin after 2 minutes, 27 seconds. He lost his next match by major decision 19-8 to W.F. West-Chehalis junior Allan McClure, however. Kaitlin Woods, Shelton, 124 Woods had two battles to think about Friday: The first was the battle to compete at her best at state for the first time in her career. The second was the cold she'd gotten be- tween the girls' Region 3 tour- nament and state. "I expected to be in a more dominant position," Woods said after her first-round pin loss to Mount Baker senior Heidi Chambers. "She had good pressure and it didn't help that I'm sick." Woods said she was nervous to compete at state, but that her first match helped calm her down. "I learned to be more ag- gressive," she added. Lacy said Woods was an ex- cellent leader for the Shelton girls' wrestling team. "Her efforts led to five girls competing in the postseason for the first time in school his- tory," Lacy said. "In the years to come as we see our current wrestlers reach high levels of success, much of the credit will belong to Kaitlin." Woods lost her second match to Steilacoom freshman Brianna Galvan by pin at 1:35. Grant Hunter, North Mason, 145 Despite a first-round loss, Hunter couldn't keep the smile off his face. North Mason junior Tyler Grewell is declared the winner of his first-round bout at 160 pounds Friday at the 2A Mat Classic XXVI in the Tacoma Dome. Grewell defeated Ephrata senior Bryce Unruh by pin in 57 seconds. "It went right with my game plan," Hunter said of his first- round pin loss to Orting senior Michael Moniz. "I didn't want to use my good moves for peo- ple watching my first round. I wanted to go through the back- door at state and win third." Hunters goal didn't go ac- cording to plan, however. He lost his second match by major decision 12-2 to Lake Washington senior Benson Hull. Shelton sophomore Riley Rifle, left, locks hands with Mountain View senior Benjamin Dixon in the first round of the 113-pound bracket Firday at the 3A Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome. Dixon pinned Rifle after I minute, 44 seconds. Despite getting caught in a cradle in his first- round bout at 145 pounds, North Mason senior Grant Hunter kept smiling at the 2A Mat Classic on Friday in the Tacoma Dome. Orting senior Michael Moniz pinned Hunter in 2 minutes, 33 seconds. North Mason senior Chase Davis shoves his weight against Tumwater junior Sam Richards for a takedown in the first-round of the 195-pound bracket Friday at the 2A Mat Classic XXVI in the Tacoma Dome. Richards pinned Davis in 3 minutes, 9 seconds.