Local report — Central will put off hiring Lorig replacement

January 14, 2012 by  

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — For Blaine Bennett, finding a replacement for departed assistant head coach and defensive coordinator Joe Lorig is an obvious priority, but it’s a priority that will wait until Central Washington’s recruiting season is over.

“We’re going to get our recruiting class together,” Bennett said Friday, “we’re devoting all our time and attention to that first, and then we’ll sit down and identify the best person for that job. It’s a very important hire for us, with everything I expect that person to do.”

Lorig, who came to Central with Bennett in 2008, has been hired at Arizona State to join the staff of new coach Todd Graham.

“We’re trying to move some people around,” Bennett said, “and if possible we’ll try to hire two people. If not, then this guy needs to be the best person we can find for this job.”

Bennett said recruiting will be one of the areas in which Lorig will be missed.

“Joe did a very good job of recruiting and establishing relationships with high schools around the state,” Bennett said. “He’s a close friend — he played for me at Western Oregon — and we all wish him the very best. Obviously, opportunities like the one he’s getting at Arizona State don’t come along very often.”

Bennett said he will take over Lorig’s recruiting area, which consists of the northwest part of the state and runs south to the SeaTac area.

The CWU coach said he’ll have 13 recruits in Ellensburg today and another group in next Saturday. Signing day is Feb. 1.


Yaks drop 2 matches in Oregon

Yakima Valley’s Jesse O’Camb and Jimmy Wilson each recorded victories over nationally rated competitors to highlight Yakima Valley wrestling action on Thursday and Friday.

O’Camb won by technical fall over seventh-ranked Tim Spangle of Southwestern Oregon Friday in Coos Bay while Wilson pinned ninth-ranked Mick Benden.

The Yaks fell Thursday to Clackamas 40-8 in Oregon City and 28-15 to Southwestern Oregon on Friday. Clackamas is the country’s second-ranked junior college team and SWOC is ranked 10th.

Clackamas 40, Yakima Valley 8

125: Sage Ornelas (C) d. Jesse O’Camb 18-4; 133: Konner Hopkins (YV) tf Fortino Sanchez; 141: Cody Randall (C) p. Chris Pena, :23; 149: Eric Luna (C) p. Travis Addy, :34; 157: Kyle Brown (YV) d. Caleb Cook, 6-4; 165: Eric Hensel (C) d. Ben Carter, 6-4; 174: Trent Noon (C) tf Mikey Ayala; 184: Austin Moorehead (C) p. Chris Burnett, 2:17; 197: Josh Nelson (C) p. Daniel Agao, 2:38; Hvy: Jake Laden (C) d. Steve Taylor, 5-3.

Southwestern Oregon 28, Yakima Valley 15

125: O’Camb (YV) tf Tim Spangle; 133: Hopkins (YV) d. Skyler Crislack, 7-1; 141: Joe Gardner (SWOC) p. Pena, :45; 149: Jimmy Wilson (YV) p. Mick Benden, :36; 157: Craig Trask (SWOC) d. Brown, 9-3; 164: Carter (YV) p. Kolbjorn Skaslestad, 6:18; 174: Kris Newport (SWOC) p. Ayala, 6:48; 184: Ryland Geiger (SWOC) d. Burnett, 12-2; 197: Bo Younker (SWOC) p. Agao, 1:00. Hvy: John Hatch (SWOC) d. Taylor, 10-5.

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