Bryant Elliott took Daniel Rice to the wood chipper Saturday, at Mountain View High School.
The Camas Papermaker defeated the Union Titan 15-11 to become the 132-pound Clark County wrestling champion.
“This was my first time out there in the finals at Clark County,” Elliott said. “It was a little nerve wracking, but it’s a good feeling to be able to come out with a win. And it’s always good to beat a Union kid.”
Elliott built a 6-2 advantage in the first round, before locking in a near fall and going up 11-4. Rice fought back with a few reversals, but he had to let Elliott go in order to shoot for more points. This kept the Papermaker out in front.
Rice cut Elliott’s lead to four points with 40 seconds left in the final round. He went for one more throw, but Elliott rode him down to the mat like a cowboy and held on for the victory.
“I just did the best that I could. I knew I had to lay it all on the mat,” Elliott said. “I looked up to all these guys in the finals last year. Now I’m one of them. It’s cool.”
Camas finished in seventh place at Clark County with 98.5 points. Union won the 17-team showdown with 258 points. Mountain View was second with 221 points.
Tye Lommasson and Talon Edmiston earned third-place medals for the Papermakers. Marcus Hartman finished in fourth place.