The tooth Miguel Salamanca swallowed did not taste as good as becoming the first Camas High School wrestler to bring home a medal from the prestigious Tri-State tournament Saturday, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
The 54-team extravaganza featured wrestlers from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. Although Salamanca suffered a severely bruised jaw, lost one tooth and chipped three others, the Papermaker senior still placed sixth in the 145-pound weight class.
“Before he hurt his jaw, he was like dynamite. I had never seen a Camas wrestler look that good,” said assistant coach Brody Faler.
After a first round bye, Salamanca earned a 17-2 technical fall over Waylen Anderson of Reardan, Wash. In his next match against Jordan Nolan of Kuna, Idaho, Salamanca went for a double-leg takedown. Both wrestlers crashed into the mat, and Nolan’s knee jammed right into Salamanca’s jaw.
“He looked dazed, like a boxer who got hit in the jaw,” Faler said. “The first thing he asked was how much time, and we said ‘two rounds.'”