Challengers News · Year In Review (Wrestling): Vidlak, Havniear 1st & 2nd At State


Cascade Christian wrestling isn’t a big program in terms of numbers, nor are their best wrestlers big in physical stature. Combined in weight Gabe Vidlak and Cody Havniear wouldn’t even make a Logan Flenner or a Grant Couzens. No matter though; it’s not a weigh-in contest- it matters what’s on the inside. Challenger wrestlers have grit and guts, and they work hard. The payoff comes in the form of results. At the state wrestling meet, the 12o pound Vidlak won his second consecutive state championship. At 132, Havniear made a name for himself, finishing as a state runner-up at 132.

Oh, and they’ll be back, too, as Vidlak will be a senior this season, and Havniear a junior.

Cascade Christian enjoyed the company of wiry newcomer Jorge Garcia-Gutierrez, who had never wrestled before, and other up and comers, such as Michael Croy, and Noah Alleson. At district, Vidlak was a champion at 120, Havniear a runner- up at 132, Garcia 4th at 120, Croy fifth at 180, and Alleson sixth at 220.

For the season, Vidlak was 28-1, and Havniear posted a 24-8 mark. In the season to come, look for incoming freshman Ty Havniear to make an impact. Only Garcia graduates from the 2018-19 team.