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In the Community: Local wrestlers compete at de facto state tournament

By Micah Rice, Columbian Sports Editor
Published: June 21, 2021, 6:05pm

Hundreds of high school wrestlers, including dozens from Clark County, gathered last weekend in Centralia for an event touted as a de facto state tournament.

This year’s wrestling season was severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The traditional winter sport instead happened in spring. Hallmark large invitationals, including the Mat Classic state championships, were canceled.

That’s why Saturday’s event, Washington State Wrestling Association Super State, aimed to bring a culminating event to the season.

Several Clark County wrestlers had a strong showing.

Riley Aamold and Envee Sakhoeun-Hem, both of Union High, each placed second in their weight classes in the girls tournament.

On the boys side, two Union wrestlers placed third — Alex Bessonov at 182 pounds and Levi Harms at 220.

Caleb Davis of Camas placed fifth at 106 and Andres Nicacio of Union placed sixth at 152.

Elizabeth Messman, wrestling for Askeo International Mat Club, placed third at 130 pounds. Southwest Washington Wrestling Club’s Patsy Rios and Janessa O’Connell each earned fourth-place finishes.

Minor League hoops team starts

The Vancouver Dragons, a minor league men’s basketball team, have started their first season in the The Pro Basketball Association.

The Dragons are playing a 10-game schedule against other four other Northwest teams that runs through Aug. 21.

Vancouver (0-3) will have its first home game on July 10 at King’s Way Christian High School against the Thurston County Capitals.

The Dragons’ next game is against the Lilac City Legends on Saturday in Spokane. All Dragons games will be streamed on the team’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/VancouverDragon21/

The Vancouver Dragons were a team that played in Vancouver, B.C. in the newest incarnation of the American Basketball Association. The team disbanded after its owner died in 2018 and the naming rights were sold.

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Victory close home schedule with draw

Evergreen grad Levan Zhividze scored both goals as the Vancouver Victory soccer club closed out its home schedule with a 2-2 draw against Yakima United at Harmony Sports Complex.

Zhividze, who plays for Corban University, first scored on a penalty kick in the 43rd minute. He added a second goal in the 54th minute.

The Victory are now 1-1-2. Their six-week Evergreen Premier League schedule concludes with road matches against Olympia and Tacoma.

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