Demons take third at Gary Curtis Invitational
RIVERSIDE — Washington took third place against some very tough competition at Saturday’s Gary Curtis Invitational wrestling tournament at Highland High School.
Alburnett, the top-ranked team in Class 1A, easily won the tournament with 223.5 points. West Branch was second with 133 points, and the Demons were third with 124 points.
“Obviously Alburnett was the class of the group, winning the tournament by 90 points, but then there were six teams within five points of each other, so there was some good competition,” Washington head coach Brent Van Weelden said.
A pair of Demons — junior Tristan Pohren and sophomore Brad Skubal — won individual titles on Saturday despite the fact that neither was seeded first in their respective weight classes.
Pohren, seeded third at 120 pounds, won his first two matches by fall before edging Alburnett’s Jordan Henderson 6-5 in the finals.
“Tristan was a little sluggish in his first match, but then came out and wrestled well,” Van Weelden said. “He got a 5-0 lead in the finals.”
Skubal, seeded second, pinned both of his opponents to win a five-man 170-pound bracket. He pinned top-seeded Zach Hoyle of Alburnett in 5:43 in the finals.
“Brad had two pins on the day, so he wrestled extremely well,” Van Weelden said. “The Hoyle kid from Alburnett had a pretty good record. Brad got taken down in the first period, but then dominated the rest of the match. He put that kid on his back several times before finally getting the pin. Brad went out and wrestled extremely well.”
Washington junior Fletcher Green was runner-up at 113 pounds after losing a narrow 5-3 decision in the finals to Alburnett sophomore Hunter Washburn, a defending state champion who is top-ranked in Class 1A. Senior Mitchell Hora pinned both of his first two opponents in 40 seconds apiece, but was runner-up at 138 pounds after getting pinned by Alburnett’s Colton Martin, who is ranked fourth in 1A, in the finals.
Washington junior Tanner Knupp finished third in a tough 152-pound bracket. Sophomore Kyle Collier finished fifth at 220 pounds, while sophomore 106-pounder Michael Witt and senior 195-pounder Aaron Kempf both finished sixth. Sophomore Tony Landstrum placed seventh at 126 pounds.
Washington travels to Lone Tree for a quad tomorrow night and then hosts Mt. Pleasant for a Southeast Conference dual meet on Thursday.