Great Northern competition coming soon
By JAMES EIK
Now that its first two matches in the books, the Cheney High School wrestling team has made some great strides in establishing its senior leadership.
The team traveled to Aberdeen for a Dec. 1-2 tourney against a large number of regional teams, and walked away with a several first-place wins and close finishes. Out of the 18 on the trip, 16 took part in the tournament.
Taking first place in their weight class were Vern Sanderson at 145 pounds, and Zac Corean at 220 pounds. Second-place wrestlers were Skyler Seubert (160), Josh Wessels (170) and Michael Ferguson (195).
This last weekend, Dec. 7-8, the team ventured out to Central Valley High School for the Inland Empire Classic, featuring a number of 3A and 4A teams from around the region.
Head coach WadeSchlotter said the representation seen at CVHS was similar to what wrestlers will see if they make it to state later this year.
The entire team wasn’t on the trip to Central Valley, however, with a number of students taking tests at school. Other wrestlers, Schlotter said, weren’t at 100 percent.
While the team didn’t fare well in the overall points standings, only garnering 59 largely due to the number of wrestlers participating, several individual efforts stood out among the pack.
Cameron Schlotter (220) took first place and Eli Mason (195) came in third. Other strong performances came from Sanderson and Devan Waterman (170).
“If they place there, they usually place at state,” Schlotter said. “I was pretty happy with the kids that did go there and competed really well.”
The team’s wrestlers are limited to 33 matches before the district tournament, which adds up quickly. In some tournaments alone, wrestlers can see up to eight or nine matches.
“And there are four tournaments to go, plus our league schedule,” he said.
Cheney makes the trek to North Idaho College this Friday and Saturday, Dec. 14-15, for the Tri-State tournament. Around seven wrestlers will be at the match.
“We videoed everything from this week,” Schlotter said. “We just try to fix the areas that we see glaring on video. It’s kind of individualized. With some kids it’s just a matter of conditioning some kids and working on technique.”
Schlotter said results of this month’s work will come once the tournaments are over. Then the team can begin focusing on its local matches.
“Our big deal is have December show us where we’re at and what we need to work on and then come back. Our January schedule is more about the league and our tournament,” he said.
As the season rolls on, Schlotter’s focus is on maintaining the team’s strength.
“We’re trying to keep kids healthy to make a push through Christmas,” he said.
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