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By Roger Harnack
The Journal 

Smith strikes gold at 215

Broncos take four to state Mat Classic


Last updated 2/20/2024 at 9:15am

Roger Harnack

Wrestling in the championship 215-pound match, Bronco senior Gabriel Smith throws Almira/Coulee-Hartline freshman Noah Butler.

TACOMA - As Mat Classic XXXV wound down Saturday evening, Feb. 17, one Lind-Ritzville wrestler found himself among elite company as a state champion.

Gabriel Smith, wrestling at 215 pounds, earned the gold medal in his weight class before a crowd of thousands in the Tacoma Dome.

Smith alone scored 27.0 team points for the Broncos, which finished tied for 14th place with Kettle Falls. Both teams finished with 44.0 team points.

Tonasket won the 1B/2B division with 217.0 team points, followed by Forks with 132.0 and Goldendale with 111.5.

Smith wasn't the only Bronco to bring home bling.

At 23...

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