Archive - Nov 2012 - Sports Article
The Deer Park Stags, who got a major decision from Aaron Klauder and a pin from Jake Konzal, held off the Orting Cardinals 44-35 in Fridayâ€™s battle of state wrestling champions.
The Stags, the five-time Class 2A champs, took a 28-23 Billy Marshall defeated Andrew Melot in the 285-pound match. Deer Park got some breathing room after Tysen Jorgensen received a forfeit in the 106-pound match.
Orting, the four-time Class 1A champs, narrowed the lead to 34-29 in the 113-pound bout after defending state champ Fred Green only needed a minute to pin KC Ayers.
The Deer Park wrestling team opens its season this week with a match-up of a pair of 2012 state team champions.
The Stags, the five-time defending Class 2A champs, will entertain Orting on 6 p.m. on Friday.
The Cardinals, who have moved up to the Class 2A ranks this season, are four-time defending Class 1A champs. Last year's team featured (all returning) Fred Green, the 106-pound champion, Austin Dodson, the runner-up at 113 pounds, and Beau Gore, the runner-up at 145 pounds.
In addition to its state title run, Orting finished second the three previous seasons.
The Deer Park Stags could not run and eventually could not hide from the East Valley Knights in Thursdayâ€™s Great Northern League regular season finale for both teams.
The Stags, who only had one run over more than 9 yards in the game (a 35-yard run by Dalton Hanson in the fourth quarter), could not catch the Knights 35-24.
The loss eliminated the Stags (3-3 in the GNL, 6-4 overall)) from state playoff consideration. East Valley (4-2, 7-3) was eliminated later in the evening after Colville upset league-leading Pullman.