SPOKANE - Moses Lake turned back all comers to claim back to back Inland Empire Classic Championships at Central Valley High School in Spokane over the weekend.
The Chiefs were able to get past a determined Colville team 212-182, despite having just one weight class champion in Hunter Garland-Cruz.
Cruz beat Couer d’ Alene’s Dylan Lockwood 3-1 to take the 138 pound title. Host Central Valley placed third with 181.5 team points.
Moses Lake had 10 wrestlers place at the tournament, including five sophomores, and that has coach Jaime Garza excited about the stability of the program.
"I was really pleased with the way we wrestled, especially with our younger guys," coach Jaime Garza said. "Some think we may have a down year in 2016 with a lot of veteran guys graduating after this season, but I don't think so after watching these guys perform."
The Chiefs beat Post Falls to take the 2014 Classic.
"It was great to repeat," Garza said. "We made a few mistakes that are fixable and had a couple guys lose for the first time this year ... Cooper McCullough and Hudson Mauseth ... but we have a good indication of where we are at now and what we need to do to get to where we want to be."
Moses Lake is back on the mats Wednesday when the Chiefs host Wenatchee at 7 p.m.
Inland Empire Results
Nick Hara: Second, 126 pounds
Christien Knopp: Fifth, 126 pounds
Cooper Mccullough: Third, 132 pounds
Hunter Garland-Cruz: Champion, 138 pounds
Joel Torres: Third, 160 pounds
Hudson Mauseth: Second, 170 pounds
Dylan Morris: Third, 182 pounds
Damian Vasquez: Sixth, 195 pounds
Payton Castro: Third, 220 pounds
Chandler Fluaitt: Third, Heavyweight