MOSES LAKE – The Mead High School wrestling team went up the road for a good workout, getting on the mat with some of the top class 4A talent in the state.
But that workout may have come at a price for the Panthers.
Mead had two wrestlers come away with injuries from the Moses Lake Hall of Fame dual meet tournament Saturday at Moses Lake High.
Tyler McLean, the son of Mead head coach Phil McLean, was unable to finish his first match of the day against David Wetmore of Rogers (Puyallup) after suffering a knee injury in the third round of the bout. McLean, the top-ranked 140-pound 4A wrestler in the state, was leading Wetmore when his right kneecap appeared to pop out of place.
Mead 285-pounder Cody Bocook was icing his right ankle after his second match of the day, an 8-0 loss to Lake Stevens’ Cody Schlosser.
Schlosser scored a takedown just as the first round of the bout ended, but landed squarely on Bocook’s ankle. Bocook finished the match but was unable to go when the Panthers finished the day with a dual meet against Auburn.
Both Panthers will be checked out prior to Mead’s Greater Spokane League match Tuesday against North Central. Coach McLean said he doesn’t believe McLean will be available, and Bocook is likely to be listed as questionable. The coach went further, saying he thinks his son could be out until the start of the postseason in February.
The Panthers had five grapplers with 3-0 records during the day, including their two state No. 1-ranked wrestlers, Jeremy Golding at 135 and Jordan Rogers at 171. Golding scored a 9-5 win over Rogers’ Joey Palmer to start the day, beat Logan Johnson of Lake Stevens 22-7, and pinned Balkar Rana of Auburn.
Rogers pinned all three of his rivals, starting with Zane Bowen of Rogers just 15 seconds in the second round of their bout. Rogers also pinned Lake Stevens’ Brandon Belcher in 46 seconds, and Gary Ho of Auburn in 80 seconds.
The Panthers won two of their three duals, beating Rogers (53-21) and Auburn (55-19). Mead got into a quick hole against Lake Stevens, rallied to take a 31-25 lead, but lost the final two bouts as the Vikings prevailed 35-31.
“Losing those last two matches against (Lake Stevens) was tough, but we put ourselves in too deep a hole early,” McLean said.
The best single match of the day for the Panthers came against Lake Stevens as Chandler Rogers, the state’s No.-2 ranked 145-pounder, put an 18-7 beating on fifth-ranked Jack Reeves.
Rogers led for the entire six minute, but needed a takedown, a near fall and a reversal in the final 35 seconds on the second round to break open what was a close match at 6-3.
After the three duals, four Panthers – Golding, Kuykendall and the Rogers brothers – were part of an all-star group that wrestled against a Japanese national touring team. Mead’s wrestlers won four of five matches. Jordan Rogers recorded two pins, while Golding and Chandler Rogers both won by decision.
• Cheney Invitational: Dylan Miller recorded a pin of Reardan’s Logan Zunker in 1:48 in the championship match at 160, helping Deer Park win the team title. The Stags finished with three champions and scored 185 points, edging out Cheney (183) and Quincy (163).