PASCO, Wash. The Flathead wrestling team took second in the Best of the West individual tournament, and Tanner Russell racked up four pins to take first place at 170 pounds.
This was a great way to finish off 2018, Flathead coach Jeff Thompson said.
Brendan Barnes (126), Fin Nadeau (132) and Ridge Troupe (152) all came away with second-place finishes, and Bo Meyer earned a pin in his final match to take third at 145.
Thompson said Meyer had an exceptional weekend and is really developing from the beginning of the season.
Four freshmen placed for the Braves. In addition to Nadeaus performance, Cole Eastwood (103), Asher Kemppainen (120) and Michael Downing won their fifth-place matches.
It says a lot about the talent in that class for the Braves, Thompson said.
As a team, Flathead earned 181.5 points, good for second place behind Oregons second-ranked team, Newberg, which had 255 points.
Next up for the Braves is a Jan. 3 crosstown dual at Glacier.
Best of the West Individual Tournament, Pasco (WA)
Newberg (OR) 255, Flathead 181.5, Pasco (WA) 134.5, Coeur dAlene (ID) 124.5, North Central (WA) 119.5, Tahoma (WA) 93, Auburn Mt. View (WA) 87, Selah (WA) 87, Baker (WA) 82, Graham-Kapowsin (WA) 80, Kent Meridian 80.
Champ. round 2 Cole Eastwood, F, dec. Marcos Gonzales, Selah (WA), 8-1.
Quarterfinal Gavin Stone, Baker (WA), dec. Cole Eastwood, 3-2.
Cons. round 3 Cole Eastwood pinned Timur Shakhzadayev, Kent Meridian (WA), 4:43.
Fifth place match Cole Eastwood dec. Kyler Warren, West Valley Spokane (WA), 3-2.
Champ. round 2 Andre Rodriguez, Pasco (WA), pinned Danian Naldret, F, 2:43.
Champ. round 2 Asher Kemppainen, F, dec. Braydon Hanson, Tahoma (WA), 7-2.
Quarterfinal Noah Cortez, Graham-Kapowsin (WA), pinned Asher Kemppainen, 1:49.
Cons. round 3 Asher Kemppainen pinned Rome Borley, Coeur dAlene (ID), 5:00.
Fifth place match Asher Kemppainen dec. Eric Correa, Pasco (WA), 1-0.
Champ. round 2 Brendan Barnes, F, pinned Caden Honeysett, Auburn Mt. View (WA), 1:17.
Quarterfinal Brendan Barnes pinned Jesse Salinas, Selah (WA), 2:45.
Semifinal Brendan Barnes dec. Johnny Niehaus, Baker (WA), 8-2.
Championship Christopher Strang, Newberg (OR), pinned Brendan Barnes, 5:03.
Champ. round 1 Fin Nadeau, F, won by tech fall over Damien Morales, Newberg (OR), 15-0.
Champ. round 2 Fin Nadeau dec. Jason Powell, Washougal (WA), 9-2.
Quarterfinal Fin Nadeau won by injury default over Payton Keough, Coeur dAlene (ID).
Semifinal Fin Nadeau dec. Micah Worthington, Newberg (OR), 7-5.
Championship Clayton Gilliam, North Central (WA), won by tech fall over Fin Nadeau, 16-0.
Champ. round 2 Jaden MacNeil, F, pinned Adam Frank, Deer Park (WA), :17.
Quarterfinal Jaden MacNeil major dec. Jason Wilcox, Prairie (WA), 13-4.
Semifinal Scott Lees, Washougal (WA), dec. Jaden MacNeil, 8-5.
Third place match Mahlik Walker, Auburn Mt. View (WA), dec. Jaden MacNeil, 5-2.
Champ. round 2 Bo Meyer, F, pinned Andrew Thompson, Auburn Mt. View (WA), 1:24.
Quarterfinal Bo Meyer pinned Micah Petersen, West Valley Spokane, 5:41.
Semifinal Joey Moody, Newberg (OR), dec. Bo Meyer, 7-0.
Third place match Bo Meyer pinned Brady Nelson, Sandpoint (ID), 3:00.
Champ. round 1 Ridge Troupe, F, pinned Sunnie Gomez, Kennewick (WA), 1:31.
Champ. round 2 - Ridge Troupe dec. Ian Feldmeier, Baker (WA), 4-2.
Quarterfinal Ridge Troupe dec. David Tobias, Pasco (WA), 6-3.
Semifinal Ridge Troupe pinned Jonah Worthington, Newberg (OR), 4:52.
Championship Russell Hanson, Auburn Mt. View (WA), dec. Ridge Troupe, 2-1.
Champ. round 2 Zaybin Stewart, F, dec. Rodrigo Teixeira, Kent Meridian (WA), 8-5.
Quarterfinal Zaybin Stewart pinned Kadin Shaw, North Central (WA), 2:53.
Semifinal Patrick Workman, Richland (WA), major dec. Zaybin Stewart, 15-6.
Third place match Gunner Giulio, Coeru dAlene (ID), dec. Zaybin Stewart, 4-2.
Champ. round 2 Tanner Russell, F, pinned Benjamin Matson, Prairie (WA), 1:31.
Quarterfinal Tanner Russell pinned Donald Schmidt, Selah (WA), :31.
Semifinal Tanner Russell pinned Jose Elijah Tovar, Pasco (WA), 3:40.
Championship Tanner Russell pinned Mitchell Moffat, Coeur dAlene (ID), 1:18.
Champ. round 1 Michael Gasper, Tahoma (WA), major dec. Paxton Boyce, F, 8-0.
Champ. round 2 Avery Burrows, Pasco (WA), pinned Ross Calhoon, F, :50.
Champ. round 2 Sebastian Koch, F, pinned Colton Joralemon, Deer Park (WA), 1:33.
Quarterfinal Levi Kovacs, Tahoma (WA), major dec. Sebastian Koch, F, 12-0.
Cons. round 3 Sentuli Tuifua, Kent Meridian (WA), pinned Sebastian Koch, :54.
Seventh place match Sebastian Koch pinned Damon Peace, Clarkston (WA), 1:19.
Champ. round 2 Davio Pruitt, Pasco (WA), pinned Aydan Prieto, F, :21; Michael Downing, F, pinned Tyler Welch, Pasco (WA), 1:45.
Quarterfinal Brody Scheafli, Prairie (WA), dec. Michael Downing, 9-3.
Cons. round 3 Michael Downing pinned Deacon Moore, Auburn Mt. View (WA), 1:16.
Fifth place match Michael Downing pinned Harland Richards, Evergreen (WA), 1:56.