The Chewelah Cougars built an early lead and then held off the Riverside Rams down the stretch to all-but capture the Northeast A League wrestling championship on Tuesday.
The Cougarsâ€™ 43-35 win left them as the only remaining NE-A team with a week left in the regular season.
Chewelah led 34-12 after the first seven matches only to see Riverside mount a furious comeback fueled by pins by Ivan Love at 120 pounds and Andrew Hansen (126 pounds) and 18-5 win by 132-pound Tyler Jack.
Dustin Crowell stopped the bleeding for the Cougars with a third period pin of Brayden Lenz in the 138-pound match.
After Jonathon Webb got the Rams back on track with a 12-0 decision over Quentin Smith in the 145-pound match, Chewelahâ€™s Russell Smith scored a last-second 5-4 win over Brayden Proctor at 152 pounds to secure the match for the Cougars.
Dustin Crabtree (185) and Darrin Miller (160) also scored wins for the Rams, while the Cougarsâ€™ Adams Collins (172), John Haley (220) and Dustin Olson (285) won their matches.