Norris repeats as League Champ; headed to Regionals
February 13, 2020
WHITE SWAN–Dayton-Waitsburg's Carlos Norris wasted little time in securing his fourth consecutive league wrestling title, and is looking forward to making a return trip to the Regional Wrestling Tournament this Saturday in Oroville.
"Carlos was dominant," said Head Coach Ben Slaybaugh, "easily disposing both kids with pins and advancing to regionals in Oroville."
Norris won by fall at 1:00 over P. Ferrer of Kittitas, then was leading his opponent, F. Garduno of White Swan when he pinned and scored simultaneously, 18-3, winning by technical fall and the pin. Thanks to his first-place finish, Norris heads to regionals as first seed in his 138 lb. weight class.
"It's a really big accomplishment," Norris told the Chronicle. "I'm excited to see what the rest of the season has for me."
Norris's goal is to win a state championship. Last year, at the state meet that was complicated by weather-related cancellations and scheduling adjustments, Norris finished out of the medal round.
At the District 7/9 South League Tournament at Spangle last Thursday, teammate Braedyn White finished second in the 170 lb. division, defeating T. Ensley of Colfax by fall and then losing to J. Turner of Liberty. "White continued his strong season after a hard-fought loss in the finals," said Slaybaugh.
Third in the 160 lb. class, Curtis Winona pinned J. Harp of Tekoa-Rosalia, lost to S. Henry of Davenport, then won against M. Lencioni of Liberty.
Will Winona, 182 lb., finished fourth with a win over C. Tracy of Ling-Ritzville-Sprague. He lost to C. Noha of Colfax and S. Nelson of Liberty.
Nick Hastings, 132 lb., is fifth regional alternate. Hastings was pinned by M. Agney and I. Griffin, both of Davenport.
White and other Pomeroy teammates Will Winona, Nick Hastings and Curtis Winona, advance to Regionals at Reardan this Saturday. The top four advance to state.