The Camas High School wrestling team brought home the Bearcat Invitational championship trophy Saturday.
Four individual winners, a runner-up and 10 consolation medalists helped the Papermakers win the 11-team tournament at W.F. West High School, in Chehalis.
Rylan Thompson, Sam Malychewski, Dylan Ingram and Triston Groth captured championship medals. Noble Lenderman lost to Groth in the finals and finished in second place.
Wrestlers reached their match limit in the consolation rounds. Jack Latimer, Tanner Craig, Dominic Delgado, Issac Duncan and Tanner Howington tied for third place for Camas. Max Grimes, Kyle Moore, Quinten Adams, Ryan Kay and Luke Pipkin tied for fifth place.
Head coach Cory VomBaur was pleased to see the Papermakers turn the corner after a 43-21 loss to Union Wednesday.
“Union is a good team. We were not there with them on that night, but that’s not to say we won’t be there in the future,” he said. “We won the Bearcat for the first time in school history and we had our highest finish at Pac Coast in school history. We are taking steps in the right direction. Our wrestlers are doing whatever it takes to build a winning program. It’s fun and exciting to be a part of that.”
Thompson defeated Orion Yates, of R.A. Long, 11-1 for the 132-pound title. He also beat Adams 16-0 in the semifinals and pinned Jimmy Yepez, of Cedarcrest, in 2:44.
Malychewski pinned Cole Tucker, of White River, in 3:12 for the 170-pound title. He also pinned Jeremiah Porter, of Fife, in 1:51 and Aaron Adamo, of Centralia, in 1:42.
Ingram shut out TJ Borden, of Black Hills, 8-0 for the 220-pound title. He also beat Luke Martin, of Tillamook, 8-0 in the semifinals and pinned Bailey Kuykendall, of White River, in 4:33.
Groth gained a 3-1 victory against Garret Nelson, of Cedarcrest, and Lenderman pinned Hunter Arredondo, of W.F. West, in 35 seconds. This set up a 285-pound championship match between two Camas wrestlers. Groth beat his teammate by a forfeit.
Union jumped out to a 19-0 advantage before the Papermakers won their first match Wednesday. Malychewski defeated Miguel Campos 7-3, Ingram pinned Nick Curl in 3:03, Latimer beat Noah Talavera 10-5 and Thompson pinned Isaac Salon in 2:19.
Camas wrestles at Heritage Wednesday before competing in the Clark County Championships Friday and Saturday, at Prairie High School.
“I am expecting a variety of battles in difficult situations,” VomBaur said. “We have to be able to come out on top in most of these battles.”