As of Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Grangeville senior Frankie Zumwalt has dominated most of the competition he has seen so far this season. With one month left to prepare for the district tournament, he made short work of the competitors he saw last weekend at Orofino — and most of the wrestlers in the district were on the mats last weekend.
He posted a 3-0 record at 145 pounds, with three pins taking him a total of about three minutes to complete.
His competition included wrestlers from Lewiston and Clarkston, but the longest of his matches was in the final, against teammate Blake Courtney.
“We’re beating a lot of kids that we haven’t beat previously,” Zumwalt said. “We’re always looking to improve against those we haven’t seen yet and against some, maybe, we didn’t think we could beat.”
One of Zumwalt’s teammates, Noah Kaschmitter, finally overcame an Orofino wrestler he has grappled with several times so far, and Courtney overcame an opponent Zumwalt could tell would be a tough one.
“I was trying to watch Blake’s match after I finished mine,” Zumwalt said. “That was a really good match — the Pullman kid was good. I figured Blake would beat him, and he did.”
That set up the showdown between teammates. “It’s cool when we’re both in the finals,” Zumwalt said.
Looking ahead to the playoff tournaments, 145 figures to be well-stocked even if one of the GHS guys changes weight for state.
Before then, Bulldog fans have two prime chances to see what all their guys can do: either at Kooskia on Jan. 27-28 or at GHS on Jan. 31.
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