ILWACO - Joe Williams, on his maiden voyage as a wrestling coach, spoke highly of the young men he had on the junior high wrestling team this year.
"We had a fine group of hard-working young men out for wrestling," he said. "It is my goal to get them interested in going on to be outstanding high school wrestlers."
Blake Bradshaw was the most successful of the junior high wrestling contingent, placing third at district in the 75 pound classification.Other grapplers who won one match at district were Alex Phillips (138), John Biggs (138), Robert Gibbons and Omar Padilla.
Cooper Belisle also competed at district in the 126 pound classification. Other grapplers out for the sport were Ricky Alm (85), Irving Rosales (126), Jon Biggs (138) and Charlie Shannon (167).
Williams had three sixth-graders working out with the team, they were Casey Strong, Jeovanny Rosales and David Lincoln.
"I was impressed with how all the wrestling coaches and athletes respected each other and the high level of sportsmanship," Williams said. "Many of our kids wrestled the same opponents all year long, and they developed friendships with these kids from the other schools along the way."