Lees and Malychewski are Best in the West

WHS and CHS wrestlers claim championships

Washougal’s Tanner Lees and Camas’ Sam Malychewski brought home championship medals from the Best of the West wrestling tournament Dec. 21 and 22, in Pasco.

Lees defeated Kennewick’s Alex Ramos 3-1 for the 145-pound title. Malychewski pinned Evergreen’s Jedidiah Shaver in the second round of 182-pound finals match.

Three other Camas wrestlers won medals. Jack Latimer secured second place at 120 pounds, Tanner Craig claimed third place at 126 and Gideon Malychewski took third place at 145.

The Papermakers earned second place in the championship bracket of the team tournament.

After a bye in the first round, Camas beat the Newberg B-team 53-12. Wins went to Gideon Malychewski, Isaac Duncan, Sam Malychewski, Tanner Howington, Luke Pipkin, Sam McCormick, Ryan Ball, Latimer, Craig, Michael Strickland and Quentin Adams.

Camas defeated Deer Park 34-23 in the semifinals on wins by Sam Malychewski, Howington, Pipkin, McCormick, Ball, Craig, Adams and Gideon Malychewski.

Camas edged Hermiston 39-34 in the finals of the B-bracket on victories by Sam Malychewski, Howington, McCormick, Latimer, Strickland and Gideon Malychewski.

After winning the A-bracket, the Newberg A-team topped Camas 37-25 in the championship match. Sam Malychewski, Howington, McCormick, Latimer, Strickland and Gideon Malychewski won their matches for the Papermakers.

The Panthers qualified for the “Red” bracket of the team tournament and finished in fourth place.

Washougal beat Ellensburg 42-26 in the first round of the championship bracket. Wins went to Tanner Lees, Nick Wolfe, Michael Hickey, Mason Armstrong, Dakota Andelman, Scott Lees, Cole Pass and Jason Powell.

La Grande defeated Washougal 43-29 in the quarterfinals. Tanner Lees, Wolfe, Andelman, Scott Lees, Pass and Powell won their matches for the Panthers.

Pasco beat Washougal 51-22 in the first round of the “Red” bracket. Wolfe, Hickey, Tanner Lees and John Gable won their matches for the Panthers.

Washougal bounced back with a 46-27 victory against Auburn Mountainview to secure fourth place. Wins went to Hickey, Armstrong, Andelman, Pass, Hunter McPhail, Tanner Lees, Gable and Wolfe.

The Washougal River Rumble begins at 9:30 a.m. today, at Washougal High School.

Camas competes in the Pacific Coast Championships today and Friday, at Mountain View High School.