The Greater Spokane League wrestling match Wednesday with Mt. Spokane hosting Central Valley lent new meaning to the move Fireman’s Carry.
Midway through the contest a fire alarm went off, precipitating a brief delay with CV leading 28-0.
The alarm proved false, the match resumed and Tom Harvey produced the Wildcats’ first points with a pin 50 seconds later at 220 pounds.
That was about the most excitement for Mt. Spokane fans as the Bears posted a 41-16 win. But the score was not indicative of the competitiveness of individual matches between CV (5-1) wrestlers and those from the 4-2 Wildcats.
“They got after it today,” CV coach John Owen said.
The Bears won 11 of 14 matches and Harvey’s pin aside allowed first-round points in just two of them. The teams split four pins, there were three major decisions and the rest were nip and tuck.
Owen said a key victory came in the opener at 145. He threw Elijah Kilborn into the fray, who, after taking a 4-0 first-round lead escaped, literally in the third period, with an 8-7 victory.
“I thought we got off to a terrific start,” Owen said. “We bumped Elijah up and I thought that was a big win for us. And then I thought (David) Shepard wrestled solid.”
Shepard’s 4-2 win at 160 was decided in the third period. In between, Colton Orrino moved up in weight and had a first-round pin that started things rolling.
In other matches, Dillon Ota outscored Logan Gibler 9-6, with nine of the 15 points coming in the third round.
And the night concluded when Blake Beard got all he could handle against Rich Bondurant, overcoming an early takedown and posting an 8-5 victory.
CV built a 38-6 lead before Wildcats Kiegan Schauer at 126 and Jason Beck at 132 won two of the night’s final three matches. Beck handed freshman Braedon Orrino his first league loss.
“We wrestled well in the third period,” Owen said, of a contest where wrestlers of complementary skills tended to ratchet up the intensity.
GSL competition resumes Jan. 23 with the league title on the line when CV wrestles at unbeaten University in the Battle of the Bone.
University 44, Shadle Park 27: Jacob Soto (170 pounds) and Mikey Garrison (113) recorded pins in less than a minute as the host Titans (6-0) rallied from an 18-0 deficit to defeat the Highlanders (2-4).
U-Hi won the last six matches that were competed, interrupted by a double forfeit.
Mead 60, Gonzaga Prep 21: Mead opened with five consecutive pins, capped by Wyatt Nemec’s in 35 seconds over Joe Verchota at 142 as the host Panthers (5-1) defeated the Bullpups (0-6).
Greg Birje (132) recorded a 56-second pin as the Panthers finished with nine.
North Central 39, Lewis and Clark 33: The host Indians (4-2) used a 5-4 edge in pins to hold off the Tigers (2-4). Both teams won seven matches.
Ferris 32, Rogers 27: The visiting Saxons (2-4) defeated the Pirates (0-6) by winning the final match while protecting a 29-27 lead. No results were reported.
Great Northern League
East Valley 43, Clarkston 27: Gabe (138 pounds) and Trevor Meyer (145) both recorded impressive decisions as host East Valley (4-0) rolled over Clarkston (3-1) to take over first place alone.
Colville 38, Deer Park 32: The visiting Indians (3-1) recorded pins at 106 and 113 to finish the night and edge the Stags (2-2). DP’s Cody Devore (285) fell behind 9-2 but noted a third-round pin.
Cheney 61, Pullman 12: The host Blackhawks (1-3) tallied three consecutive pins, starting at 132, and toppled the Greyhounds (0-3). Devon Waterman (182) recorded a fall in 1:47 for Cheney’s fifth and final pin. Pullman’s Kozey Smith defeated Ryan Ward 11-9 at 152.
Tekoa-Oakesdale 49, Rosalia 42: Mattie Jo Johnson scored 14 points and the Nighthawks (10-1, 7-0) used a 17-7 third quarter to pull away from the Spartans (7-4, 4-3) at Tekoa. Mackenzie Reddish scored a game-high 20 points for Rosalia.