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Cardinals earn stunning wrestling wins

Medical Lake topples No. 5 Freeman, win Blackhawk Invite


January 11, 2018

Medical Lake athletics

Medical Lake wrestlers celebrate their upset victory over a field of 15 teams at last Saturday's Blackhawk Invite at Cheney High School. That win followed another notable victory in Northeast A League competition on Jan. 4 when they traveled to beat the state's No. 5-ranked 1A team, Freeman, 40-36.

Medical Lake wrestlers certainly surpassed all expectations last week.

In the span of three days the Cardinals scored their biggest win in years, edging the Freeman Scotties 40-36 on Jan. 4. Then last Saturday came a bigger surprise when Medical Lake finished tops among 15 teams to win the Blackhawk Invite in Cheney. They edged runner-up Quincy 161–149.

"Not bad, not a bad week," head coach Matt Leenhouts said.

Freeman was ranked No. 5 among 1A teams in the state and Leenhouts approached the road match with caution.

"We were just hoping to compete when we went in there," Leenhouts said. "...

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