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Hoffman Takes Gold at Kittitas Invite

Joe Adams gets fourth, as only four Waitsburg wrestlers compete


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Waitsburg's Tyler Hoffman stands atop the podium at Kittitas High School, after taking first place in the 285-pound class at the Kittitas Invite Wrestling Tournament.

KITTITAS – Waitsburg wrestler Tyler Hoffman took first place in the 285-pound class at the Kittitas Invite wrestling tournament on Saturday.

Because some team members were under the weather, Waitsburg took only four wrestlers to the meet. Joe Adams also placed, taking fourth in the 182-pound class.

In his first match, Hoffman pinned Adrian Valdovinos, of Selah, at 1:07. In the match for first place, Hoffman pinned Alex Garcia, of Brewster, at 1:49.

"Tyler started to get high a couple of times but listened to us in the corner," said Waitsburg coach Lanny Adams. "He settled in and turned Garcia with a half nelson and got the pin. Tyler had a great day."

After pinning his opponent at 12 seconds in in his first match, Joe Adams was pinned in his second match by Jack Moen, of Cle Elum. Adams pinned his next opponent, John Ray, of Selah, at 2:22. But in the match for third place, Adams was defeated by decision, 8-1, by Liberty Bell's Finley Holston.

"Joe gave up a few inches in height and length," said coach Adams. "[He] tried to get the half, but Holston had the leverage to stop it."

In the 152-pound class, DeJay Meyer was pinned at 1:43 by his first opponent, Parker Zappone, of Wilbur/Creston/Keller. In his match against Jami Pimentel, of Selah, Meyer lost by decision, 26-14.

In the 138-pound class, David Just was pinned by Cle Elum's Josh Say at 1:37. "David started with a cradle but just couldn't get the pin," said coach Adams. "He got turned and ended up getting pinned."

In his next match, Just lost by decision to Chase Erikson, of Selah, 9-4.


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