Weekend Roundup: Elma pins down four titles at Forks Invite; GHC hoops split games


Forks Invitational

FORKS — Elma wrestlers won four titles at the Forks Invitational on Saturday.

The Eagles had six finalists in taking third in the team competition. Forks took team honors with Port Angeles second.

Elma’s Tanner Sample won the 138-pound title with a 3-2 win over Forks’ Ricky Barragan. Teammate Tyson Dick finished off Forks’ Javier Contreras by technical fall, 15-0, in the 145-pound championship.

Eagle 152-pounder Austin Cristelli decisioned Abisai Garcia of Forks, 6-0, in the title match of his division. Brek McGaughy produced Elma’s fourth title by nipping Forks’ Gavin Castanada, 3-1, at 220 pounds.

Elma’s Jayden Olson dropped a 4-0 decision to Port Angeles’ Ozzie Swagerty in the 126-pound title match. Juanita’s Mason McDaniel pinned Elma’s Steven Persell in 1:10 of their 170-pound final.

“They came out fired up and looked sharp,” Elma coach Jason Dick said of his finalists. Olson and Persell were making their first-ever appearances in a tournament final.

Elma’s Ricardo Romero placed fourth at 132 pounds.

The Eagles will split their squad between the Blaine Border Clash and Foss junior varsity tournaments next weekend.

Yelm Jump-On-In tourney

YELM — Two Grays Harbor wrestlers were among the champions at the Yelm Jump-On-In Ladies Classic on Saturday.

Hoquiam’s Taylor Walker took a close decision over a Franklin Pierce wrestler in the 170-pound title match. Elma’s Caitlynn Julian prevailed in the 106-pound division.

Hoquiam’s Shiianna Anderson placed third at 112 pounds and teammate Mariah Nelle was third at 100 pounds.

“We took four seniors and four freshmen and they all did great,” Grizzly coach Alex White said. “That was a great eye-opener for us.”

Elma’s Anna Dick finished third at 170 and Rocky Weston fifth at 130.


Chokers split

PORT ANGELES — Grays Harbor College split a pair of contests in the Peninsula Pirate Classic last weekend in Port Angeles.

Bryan McGriff poured through 30 points as Grays Harbor College held off the Blue Angels, 91-87, in the Peninsula Pirate Classic on Saturday in Port Angeles.

But host Peninsula used a huge advantage from the foul line to top the Chokers, 76-64, on Sunday. Since pairings were pre-determined, no championship was decided.

The 6-foot-7 McGriff, the highly regarded sophomore from Las Vegas who played junior college ball in San Francisco as a freshman, hit 11-of-19 from the field and 6-of-8 from the foul line against the Blue Angels, a club team that was filling out the field. His output included a pair of 3-pointers.

The Chokers were in command more than the score indicated. Trailing only at 2-0, they owned a 24-point lead midway through the second half. Then the Blue Angels came flying back.

“We turned it off too soon,” GHC coach Jordan Altman reported. “We went from a 24-point lead to a one-point ball game in about six minutes.

“Fortunately, we made our free throws down the stretch,” he added. “If we hadn’t made our free throws it would have been a different story. We whupped up on them for 30 minutes, then we let up the last 10 minutes and it cost us.”

McGriff was one of five Chokers to score in double figures. Cameron Ladson and Tyler Harrod scored 12 points apiece, while Tim Straughter added 11 and K.C. Harrison 10 points.

Straughter grabbed eight rebounds, one more than McGriff.

The Chokers outscored Peninsula from the field, but the Pirates canned 28-of-41 free throws to prevail. The hosts led from the outset.

“The real harm, what really hurt us, was just the timing (of the fouls). I was constantly moving my lineup,” GHC coach Jordan Altman said. “It seemed like I couldn’t go 30 seconds without guys getting into foul trouble.”

Daren Hechanova paced the Pirates with 19 points. McGriff led all scorers with 25, while Straghter grabbed 11 rebounds. Altman also commended his post players with strong rebounding and defense.

The Chokers will participate in Lane Community College’s Dale Bates Classic on Friday through Sunday at Eugene. They will face Southwest Oregon Community College at 4 p.m.

Grays Harbor (91) — Harrison 10, Larkins 4, Alvord 2, Kolokihakaufsi 3, Ladson 12, Harrod 12, Straghter 11, McGriff 30, Dutton 1, Burton 2, Hardy 4. FG — 36-67 (.537). FT — 7-13.

Blue Angels (87) — Anderson 20, Ready 16, Johnson 26, B. Shamp 6, Smithson 10, Johnson 3, M. Shamp 6. FG — 29-78 (.372). FT — 18-25.

Halftime: Grays Harbor 44, Blue Angels 33.

Grays Harbor (64) — Porter 2, Harrison 3, Larkins 4, Alvord 2, Kolokihakausfisi 0, Larson 10, Harrod 4, Straghter 8, McGriff 25, Dutton 3, Burton, Hardy 3. FG — 25-58 (.431). FT — 12-17.

Peninsula (76) — Shamlin 11, Horsley 6, McKinney 8, Flowers 4, Lee 5, Rawls 6, Deng 11, Hechanova 19, Erwin 6. FG — 23-57 (.404). FT — 28-41.

Halftime: Peninsula 76, Grays Harbor 64.


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