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Olympia Bears bullish at Pat Alexander Wrestling Invitational sending six to finals

Olympia's Gabe Peterson (top) counters a takedown move by David Jimenez of R.A. Long during their 152-pound semifinal match at the Pat Alexander Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Tumwater High School. Peterson won the match, 5-2 in overtime.
Olympia's Gabe Peterson (top) counters a takedown move by David Jimenez of R.A. Long during their 152-pound semifinal match at the Pat Alexander Invitational Wrestling Tournament at Tumwater High School. Peterson won the match, 5-2 in overtime. toverman@theolympian.com

Olympia’s Logan Pine waited around all day for a little more than 5 minutes of mat time.

The championship finals at the 14th annual Pat Alexander Wrestling Invitational tournament Saturday were roughly five hours late from its originally slated start time.

Once on the mat, however, Pine breezed through the opposition, defeating Elma’s Jeremiah Leonard by pin (1:45) in the 145-pound finals at Tumwater High School.

It proved to be the longest of Pine’s four tournament matches.

“I was starting to get upset with all the waiting around,” Pine said. “Everything was taking forever.”

Everything except his matches as Pine cruised through his first three opponents, pinning Ryan Kay in 1:33 and Nick Duffy in 1:40, then making short work of R.A. Long’s Coleman Nading, winning the semifinal match in a mere 28 seconds.

Pine was one of six wrestlers Olympia sent to the finals — the most by any school.

Olympia’s Chaz Poston (11-1) claimed the crown in the 106-pound division with an 11-8 decision over Austin Johnston of Black Hills. Poston trailed 4-1 early and 7-2 after the second round before rallying in the third.

Poston advanced into the championship round after defeating R.A. Long’s Ivan Mendoza (18-2) and Aberdeen’s Nick Kale (13-11) in the opening rounds before knocking off Tumwater’s Matthew Andfeldt, 5-3, in the semifinals. Poston trailed, 3-2, late in the match, but picked up a near-fall in the final 30 seconds to notch the victory.

Poston’s twin brother, Chase, advanced to the semifinals in the 113-pound classification.

“The goal is for both of us to be wrestling at 106 once postseason hits,” Poston said. “This is definitely a nice tournament to compete in. I think it does a great job getting us ready for postseason.”

Olympia senior Trevor Shaw joined teammates Pine and Poston on the championship podium, winning the 126-pound title with a win over Washington’s Josh Camacho.

The Bears got a championship title from Layn Pannkuk, who needed overtime to put away Ryland Thompson of Camas in the 138-pound finals.

Gabe Peterson of Olympia finished second in the 152-pound division, losing by pin in the finals to Washington’s DeAndre Williams.

Four local wrestlers advanced to the finals after posting lightning-quick victories in the second round. Tumwater’s Brin Hanson led the group by pinning Hoquiam’s Gary Aube in just 7 seconds.

Shaw wasn’t far behind, needing just 13 seconds to put away R.A. Long to punch his ticket to the finals, while bettering Pine’s semifinal pinfall by 15 seconds.

Gage Keese of Black Hills rounded out the quartet with a 49-second pin of Brendan Bramford of Camas.

Additional championship matches were not completed by press time.

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