Poxleitner takes second at Pomeroy
Brandon Poxleitner earned second place in the 119 lb. weight class at the Pomeroy Tournament held Saturday, Dec. 30.
As a team Prairie finished 8th among 11 teams with 84 points, just 4 points behind Potlatch.Chance Ratcliff just before pinning this Dayton opponent.
Also earning medals were Tyrell Langston at 140 lbs. and Ron Chandler at heavyweight as each took third place.
Poxleitner got a bye in the first two rounds in his weight class then pinned Ryan Minden of Potlatch in 1:23 to advance to the championship match. There he met Michael Skinner of Orofino who came out and quickly took Poxleitner down for the pin in just 13 seconds.
At 140 lbs. Langston won his first round match by pin over Dawson Crawford of Pullman in 3:32. He took just 23 seconds to win his second round match over Tayler Whitsell of Tri-Cities Prep. In the semifinals he lost to eventual champion Tye Knebel of Pomeroy by a score of 10-6. In the consolation semifinals he won by pin again over Crawford, this time in 4:11. In the consolation finals he was matched up against Ron George of Prairie. That match was defaulted to Langston as he was designated the varsity wrestler and the varsity wrestler is the only one who can earn team points.
Ronnie Chandler was in control of this match which put him into the consolation finals.George arrived at that match by winning his first round match by pin in 56 seconds over Rick Murphy of Potlatch. He ran into Knebel in the second round and lost by pin in 3:55. In the consolation bracket George mowed his way through the competition as he won 3 straight matches by pin, all in 43 seconds or less. He pinned Cody Brown of Potlatch in 43 seconds, Whitsett in 23 seconds and Mike Meshishnek of Pullman in 30 seconds to advance to the consolation final where he was awarded 4th place.
At 145 lbs., Tony Duman was eliminated after just 2 matches. He lost by pin to Scott Wolf of Pomeroy in 1:38. In the consolation bracket he lost a 2-7 decision to Jamie McGreal of Potlatch.
At 152 lbs. Jack George got a bye in the first round then lost by pin to Jake Shahan of Colfax in the second round in 3:57. In the consolation bracket he won a tough 12-9 decision over Jordan Daily of Potlatch. In the next round he lost by pin to Zach Irby of Orofino in 2:31. In the fifth place match he lost 7-9 in overtime to Lance Kiethley of Pullman. He trailed 0-2 after the first period, led 4-3 after the second and scored a reversal in the final seconds of the third to send the match into overtime. Kiethley recorded the takedown for the win just 8 seconds into the overtime period.
At 160 lbs. Jake Wimer had a first round bye. He ten won by pin in 4:58 over Cory Stevens of Dayton. He then lost by pin to eventual champion Mat Slaybaugh of Pomeroy in 5:01. In the consolation bracket he faced Jon Soulier of Wilbur-Creston-Keller and lost by pin in 3:33. In the fifth place match he faced Travis Kiethley of Pullman and lost 4-6 in overtime. The first period ended at 0-0. Wimer scored on a violation by Kiethley in the second period for a 1-0 lead. He took a 3-0 lead in the second period but Kiethley came back to tie the match at 4-4 when Wimer was called for an illegal move. Kiethley scored the takedown 33 seconds into the 1 minute overtime period.Jake Wimer appears about to pin this opponent.
At 215 lbs. Chance Ratcliff got a first round bye then won by pin over Kenny Michaels of Dayton in 2:20. He then lost by pin to Ben Garnett of Joseph in 25 seconds in the semifinals. In the consolation bracket he fell behind 0-5 to Drew Senefsky of Orofino but came back to win by pin in 2:19. In the third place match he lost by pin to Kyle Wilson of Orofino in 1:32 to place 4th.
At heavyweight, Chandler got byes through the first two rounds then lost by pin in 2:47 to Dennis Wilson of Orofino in the semifinals. In the consolation semifinals he faced Devin Aguilar of Dayton and won by pin in 2:04. In the 3rd place match he faced Danny VanOrden of Pullman and after a 0-0 first period, won by pin 29 seconds into the second period to earn a 3rd place medal.
The wrestling teamís next action is this Friday and Saturday at the Kamiah Tournament.

  5 & 6-Kamiah Invitational
11-Kamiah, there, 6 p.m.
12 & 13-Orofino Invitational
18-Orofino, there, 6 p.m.
25-Grangeville, there, 6 p.m.
26 & 27-Kellogg Tournament
  1-Orofino-Grangeville-Kamiah-Potlatch, here, 6 p.m.
  6-Orofino, there, 6 p.m.
17-Districts, here
22-24-State at Pocatello

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