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Cougars bring the pain

Seventh-grader Danny Zuver puts a lock on John Chamberlain of Granite Falls as he tries to get his opponent to submit during a three-round, 9-2 victory Wednesday at Langley Middle School. - Matt Johnson
Seventh-grader Danny Zuver puts a lock on John Chamberlain of Granite Falls as he tries to get his opponent to submit during a three-round, 9-2 victory Wednesday at Langley Middle School.
— image credit: Matt Johnson

Their coach says that they are not quite the team they were last year, but try telling that to the competition.

At Langley Middle School, to be a wrestler is to be a winner, even if the team is down this year to just 13 wrestlers. After winning every meet they showed up for in 2004, the 2005 Cougars are on another tear this season. Seven meets into their season, the LMS boys have yet to be beaten. They’ve taken our Darrington three times, Granite Falls and Sultan twice each, and Lakewood once.

On Wednesday, the Cougars hosted Granite Falls at Langley Middle School and did very much the same thing to them this time as they did in the first meeting between the two teams in the Feb. 7 season opener. Winning eight of 10 bouts, the Cougars won the meet handily, 47-12. Against a team that favors throwing as an offensive strategy, some of the victories came with a few bumps and bruises. Against the tenacious Tigers, 90 pounder Mitch Rueth and 145-pound seventh-grader Danny Zuver had particularly exhausting wins. Rueth — who would win two bouts on the day — defeated Ryan Teter of Granite Falls 16-0 in a three-round bout that went as long as it possibly could. In the heavier weight class, Zuver repeatedly wrapped up Tiger John Chamberlain over three rounds and essentially held him immobile for most of the six minutes on the clock. But he was never able to force Chamberlain’s shoulders to the mat and had to settle for a 9-2 victory.

Cougars who pinned their opponents in the meet were Quinn Broyles at 105 pounds, Chris Monell at 125 pounds, Jordan Broyles at 130, Trapper Rawls at heavyweight, Kevin Kinloch at heavyweight, and Mitch Rueth in his second bout at 90 pounds.

Jim Thompson, the Cougars’ coach, said having a low turnout for the team has not been an impediment, as every wrestler on the team has held his own throughout the season. With the league wrestling championship coming up on March 16 and his team healthy and strong, Thompson said the Cougars expect no real surprises as they go to defend their championship.

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