Ellensburg’s Garrett Cheney leads Bulldogs at Ray Westberg Invite
The Ellensburg wrestling team started preparing for the postseason and it did not have to go far to do so.
The Bulldogs hosted the Ray Westberg Invite on Saturday that featured 15 teams from the surrounding area including Selah, Othello, East Valley, Wapato, Eastmont and Eisenhower.
Ellensburg finished 11th overall but head coach Jason Stevenson said the tournament was very competitive.
“We faced some real tough teams and traditionally it’s a very tough tournament,” Stevenson said. “This was a great warm up for regionals that are happening in a few weeks.”
Despite an 11th place finish, there were some bright moments for the Bulldogs throughout the day.
Senior Garrett Chaney got the furthest of any Ellensburg competitor, finishing second in the 145-pound weight class.
He lost to Selah’s Carlos Lopez 5-2 in the finals but won three-straight matches beforehand.
During the first round, Cheney defeated Wapato’s Damien Travis in 1:52 and then in the second round defeated Hanford’s Louis Werner in 45 seconds. In the semifinals, he outlasted Nate James 3-2.
“Garrett had a good tournament,” Stevenson said. “He is very intense and works very hard. He gets mentally prepared and expects to win.”
Senior Mason Sherwood also did well as he finished third in the 152-pound division.
He lost to Sumner’s Trace Flschlin in the semifinals but defeated Selah’s Jami Flores, Othello’s Collin Freeman and a Sunnyside wrestler to place.
Ellensburg continues its season on Wednesday when it travels to Wapato High School.
Kittitas places ninth at Westberg
The Kittitas High School wrestling team brought eight wrestlers and placed ninth at the Westberg Invite.
Senior Luke Peebles won the 182-pound division after defeating Cheney’s Boedy Taylor 16-3.
Other individual placers included Hunter Wallace finishing third in the 170-pound weight class, Tommy Ott finished third in the 145-pound weight class, Duwayne Magruder finished fifth in the 126-pound weight class and Jerome Lael finished fifth in the 220-pound weight class.
Kittitas continues its season next Saturday when it hosts the Coyote Classic at 10 a.m.