PR wrestlers pin down Blackhawk medals

CHENEY, Wash. — The Priest River Spartan wrestlers showed up in force at the Blackhawk Invite at Cheney High School Jan. 7 and took home several second, third, and fourth-place finishes. Also, senior wrestler Noah Jamison topped the 100-victory mark on his high school wrestling career, a true achievement for any wrestler.

Nate Nelson won second place in the 120-pound weight class with a loss by fall in 2:49. Teammate Riley DeMent also took second place in the 132-pound weight class with a 9-4 loss by decision. Spencer MacDonald won third place in his 145-pound weight class with a victory by fall in 2:19. Noah Jamison earned fourth place in the 152-pound class, as did Brandon Downs in the 113-pound class and Trevor Rusho in the 170-pound weight class. Colby Poe won fifth place with a 8-2 victory by decision in the 160-pound weight class.

Head coach Jesse Hellinger said, “It was a very good tournament for us consider were missing three starters right now: Larry Naccarato, Aaron Reyes & Sammy Hernandez. We should be back to full strength next week. Reinie Proctor wrestled two great matches. Proctor is definitely making progress!”

Jamison’s victories at the Blackhawk Invite put him at 101 wins for his career, with more matches ahead this season. Jamison has racked up other accomplishments, including membership on the national team, three years as team captain, freestyle and greco state champion, and an attitude that Hellinger made him a “gentleman off the mat and a true Spartan on the mat.”

The wrestlers next compete in the War of the Waters at Timberlake Jan. 12 at 6 p.m,, then at Post Falls Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. and Jan. 14 at 9 a.m.

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