ALLEN, Texas — D.J. Morrow earned NCWA All-American status with a seventh-place finish as Grays Harbor College took 10th overall as a team at the NCWA National Championships on Sunday, March 12.
Morrow was the only Choker to survive the final consolation round, also known as the blood round, to pick up seventh at 184 pounds via a medical forfeit over Temple’s Kody Lupfer.
Five other GHC wrestlers — Aaron Blanchard (125), Josh Pine (157), Jimmy Jones (165), Brek McGaughy (235) and Joe Leal (285) — qualified for the blood round, but were eliminated.
Morrow and McGaughy also were honored on Sunday as members of the NCWA All-Academic team.
LACEY — Grays Harbor College battled the cold weather and the competition and had a rough time of it in going 1-4 in a season-opening NWAC Inter-West crossover series at the RAC on Friday, March 10, through Sunday, March 12.
On Friday, GHC lost to Highline, 11-0, and Bellevue, 16-3. On Saturday, the Chokers picked up an 11-5 win over Olympic after falling to Big Bend, 17-5.
Against Olympic, Emily Takagi and Shanaye Mattson drove in two runs each and Cameron Lopez got two hits at the plate. In the circle, Alyssa Satteson picked up the win, striking out four and walking four.
On Sunday, GHC fell to Edmonds, 9-1.
On March 21, GHC heads to Borst Park to take on Centralia College in an NWAC Southern Region doubleheader.
Tritons sweep Chokers
LYNNWOOD — In an NWAC non-regional doubleheader, freshman Jacob Hliboki’s solo home run in the first game was the lone Grays Harbor College highlight in 18-1 and 18-0 losses to host Edmonds College on Saturday, March 11.
The Tritons slugged 33 hits in the twin bill and held the Chokers to just seven at the plate. Hliboki’s solo home run came in the seventh inning of the first game, a hard slug over the left-center field fence.
On Saturday, Grays Harbor (1-7) will travel east to take on Yakima Valley College in a weekend double doubleheader series.