Local grapplers traveled across western Washington Saturday to compete in four different regional wrestling tournaments, with nine boys capturing individual titles and advancing to Mat Classic, held Feb. 18-19 at the Tacoma Dome.
At the Class 1B/2B Region 1 tournament at Adna, Pirates’ Tristan Ridley won the 152-pound title, Toledo’s Damion Soto won the 170-pound title and Rainier’s Ryder Cruse won the 185-pound title.
Forks won the team title, with Rainier placing fourth, Adna sixth, Toledo eighth, Onalaska 14th, Winlock 16th, Mossyrock 18th and Napavine 19th.
Local placers include:
Tenino’s Randall Marti was the lone Beaver to advance to state with a third-place finish at 195 pounds at the 1A Region 1 tournament at Hoquiam.
Blaine Schott went 0-4 at 145, Larry Whitney was 0-4 at 152, Trevin Snodderly went 2-3 at 16-, Randall Marti was 5-2 at 195 and Rowdie Tafoya was 0-4 at 285.
W.F. West boys captured the 2A Region 3 championship at Washougal High School with a dominating performance.
Fueled by six individual champions and 13 total wrestlers punching their tickets to state (along with three alternates), the Bearcats easily cruised to the team title with 296 points. The runner-up, Washougal, finished with 149.
“We competed well,” W.F. West boys wrestling coach Jamie Rakevich said. “Getting to this point, I’m so excited we have this opportunity.”
Bearcat champions include Brady Davis at 132, Blake Ely at 145, Henry Jordan at 152, Tucker Land at 160, Brock Guyette at 182 and Daniel Matagi at 285.
“Excited for Tucker Land,” Rakevich said. “A freshman winning regionals is huge. Matagi was super dominant. All six champs looked tuned up and ready to go.”
Centralia sophomore Antonio Campos remains undefeated in his high school career after winning the 120-pound title with a technical fall (4:16 (18-2)) over Washougal’s Lucas Golphenee.
Black Hills’ Mikey Johnston rounded out local winners with the 113-pound title.
Tumwater placed fifth as a team with 84.5 points, Centralia was 12th (37) and Rochester 13th (25).
Local placers include:
On the girls side, the Region 3 tournament was held at Aberdeen High School with the top-5 finishers in each weight class advancing to state.
Local wrestlers qualifying for state were Centralia’s Luna Martinez-Arevalo at 100, Black Hill’s Sloan Kruger at 105 and Centralia’s Jade Hudson at 105.
Tenino’s Morgan Miner made it at 120, W.F. West’s Elizabeth Patana at 130, Black Hills’ Justise Hodge at 130 and W.F. West’s Aurora Martin at 130.
Centralia’s Analeese McAllister at 135, W.F. West’s Lia Hornby at 140, W.F. West’s Elaina Koenig at 155, Tenino’s Trinity Tafoya at 190 and Rainier’s Katherine Kinahan at 190.
Aberdeen won the girls title with 147 points. W.F. West tied with Curtis for second with 88 points each. Tenino girls placed eighth, Centralia 11th and Rainier 25th.