No finalists, no problem for the Papermakers.
Marcus Hartman, Dakota Safford, Tyler Weiss and Miguel Salamanca all brought home third-place medals from the Clark County Championships Friday and Saturday, at Skyview High School in Salmon Creek. Gabe Wells grabbed fourth, and Tye Lommason and Lucas Nicacio finished fifth. These seven medallists propelled the Papermakers to fifth place at the 15-team event, with 120.5 points.
“We got off to a really good start, and several of our kids made it to the semifinals. We were hoping for a little magic, but we were a little overmatched in that round,” said head coach Glenn Hartman. “I was pleased that our kids did not give up, and they used that disappointment as motivation to finish as strong as they could.
“At the end of the day, I think the kids were happy,” he added. “Several of them said they had never placed that high before at county.”
Marcus Hartman defeated Skyview’s Alex Ojeda in the second round, but found himself trailing by four points in the rematch for third place at 112 pounds. Hartman delivered two takedowns in the final two minutes, and pulled ahead for an 8-7 victory. He said he would never forget the thrill of having his hand raised after such an exhausting match.
“Doing well at county means a lot,” Hartman said. “We’ve all been working hard, and it shows. We still had a lot of fight left in us.”