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CV/Kamiah takes third at Kellogg; Courtney fourth for GHS

The Clearwater Valley-Kamiah wrestling cooperative team made its second strong showing of the season last Saturday, Dec. 9, at Kellogg.

“It was good,” CV coach Carlos Martinez said. “We saw some of the toughest competition we will see all year and the team as a whole wrestled very well. We are going to work on our top game, and the kids need to polish up and get to where they can dominate from there. We also need to get in better shape — lots of cardio the next couple of weeks.”

Ty Dominguez (170) placed first in his weight class, and seven others medaled for CV/Kamiah: Carson Morrow (second, 152), Christian Fabbi (third, 126), Cedar Fisher (third, 145), Bubba Summers (third, 160), Peyton Whipple (third, 182) and Lane Schilling (fourth, 170).

“Ty beat Kenon Brown from Potlatch by pin in the second round,” Martinez said. “Brown was second at state last year.”

For Grangeville, one of the top performances of the week took place in Spangle, Wash., where Brittany Benavidez posted a 3-0 record.

“She has been trying to further her wrestling career in women’s competition,” GHS coach Tyler Bransford said. “There are college opportunities and she’s advancing herself in the region.”

Bransford also highlighted Gianna Skovajsa, who competed in her first-ever wrestling match last weekend at Kellogg. There, GHS had “some good wrestling,” Bransford said, against big schools such as Coeur d’Alene, Bonners Ferry and Eureka Montana.

Blake Courtney placed fourth at 152 with a 4-2 record on the day, including wins over district foes Tristan Stanner of Prairie and Ashton Mendenhall of CLearwater Valley.

Bransford also noted Brandon Stump might have won his weight at 220 if not for his “coach’s decision” to hold him out of action “to keep a minor injury from turning into anything major.”

Coming — Grangeville and Clearwater Valley/Kamiah are both off until Dec. 29, when they will compete at Pomeroy.

“We’ll be concentrating on reinforcing our fundamentals until then,” Bransford said.


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