The Montesano High School wrestling team rewrote the history book Saturday at the Hoquiam Grizzly Alumni Association Invitational.
The Bulldogs had 10 wrestlers travel to Hoquiam and all 10 managed to place, with three wrestlers winning individual titles. As a team, Montesano placed second overall with 170 points. The Bulldogs may have finished 24 points behind Class 3A Lincoln of Tacoma, but the finish was the highest placing for the team ever at the Hoquiam Invitational.
“We had one guy take fifth, we had four thirds, two seconds and three champs,” coach Jeff Klinger said. “That is a pretty good day. They wrestled really well and as coaches we are really proud of our kids.”
The most dominant performance from Montesano came from freshman Jacob Ellefson at 113 pounds. Ellefson pinned each one of his competitors on his way to the championship. In the final match, Ellefson was up 11-0 when he earned a pin.
“(Ellefson) is tough as nails and he is getting tougher,” Klinger said. “The better shape that he gets in, it is going to be hard for anyone to beat him.”
The freshman said the tournament was a long day, but he was happy with his performance. Ellefson is now 17-0 on the season.
“Hard work always pays off,” Ellefson said. “You can see your improvement when you work hard.”
Freshman Aaron Cain won the title at 132 pounds by a decision of 8-3 and junior Anthony Louthan won at 170 pounds by a score of 7-0.
“I thought Austin Cain had a really great showing this weekend,” Klinger said. “He is capable, and I don’t think he has had the finish that he wanted in a while. This was a good win for him.”
Freshman Tyler Izatt finished second at 106 pounds and sophomore Austin Vinson placed second at 120 pounds.
Sophomore Matthew Overbey finished third at 145 pounds. Sophomore Kylar Prate placed third at 160 pounds and freshman Taylor Rupe finished in third place at 195 pounds.
“We are excited with the performance of our kids and just really trying to keep with the idea that hard work pays off,” Klinger said. “The harder you work the better you’ll do and right now that shows. We are getting better and that is the key. Keep working hard and keep getting better.”