Cougs tough at championship

Almost every member of a small, 11-athlete Langley Middle School athletic team was a medal winner Wednesday evening at the Cascade middle school conference championship in Sultan.

The team brought home three individual championships, three runner-up placings, two consolation championships, and two fourth place finishes.

Winning in their weight divisions for the Cougars were Caleb Nierson at 115 pounds, Jordan Broyles at 130 pounds, and Trapper Rawls at heavyweight. The three boys, all eighth graders, were also conference weight division winners in 2004.

The three left little doubt in their championship matches. Nierson scored a first-round pin over Zack Turner of Sultan. Broyles was also a first-period pin winner, taking down Trquis Turner of Sultan. Rawls had to take on his own teammate, David Monell, in the heavyweight championship. It took him until the second period to win by fall.

At 110 pounds, Cougar Vincent Messina held on as long as he could in a championship bout against Jordan Stauffer of Lakewood, but found himself on his back in the second period and relegated to second place. Coming closer to championship but just missing out was Danny Zuver, who lost a 9-7 145-pound bout to Zack Jones of Granite Falls.

In the consolation round, 105 pounder Quinn Broyles defeated Ashley Forrest of Darrington with a first-period fall. At 115 pounds, Hunter Rawls kept up with his heavier brother, beating Erik Wunthrich — also of Darrington — in the third period by fall.

In the heavyweight consolation final, Kevin Kinloch lost to Brett Fetzer of Granite Falls by fall in the first round. The Cougars’ only other fourth-place finisher, Chandler Thompson, lost by fall at 137 pounds to Kent Brooks.

The Cougars finish their two-month season 11-0 in dual meet competition. No team scores were kept at the conference championship.

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