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February 16, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Wrestling update

Latest update from Sandy:

Through the 7/8th place matches for 4A: Lake Stevens 131, G-K 125.5.

This update is from Sandy Ringer at the T-Dome:

Through the semifinals in 4A, Lake Stevens clings to a half-point lead over Graham-Kapowsin, 125-124.5.

There are some key consolation matches yet to come. G-K has four wrestlers in the finals to Lake Stevens’ three.

Two returning champions fell in the semifinals. Zach Zweifel of Lake Stevens lost to G-K’s Efran Aguilar. Brandon Rodgers of Kentwood lost to Zach Nally from Davis of Yakima.

Another upset came at 103 where Josh Martinez of Oak Harbor stunned previously unbeaten Ruben Navejas from Kentwood in overtime.

One of tonight’s most exciting 4A championship matches should be at 130, where Tahoma’s Kevin Tao faces Brian Owen from University of Spokane. Tao won the 119-pound title last year. Owen was a state champion in 2005, then finished second the past two years.

In Class 3A, it’s a three-team race between Enumclaw (110.5), Yelm (109.5) and Auburn (103.5). Enumclaw and Auburn both have three wrestlers in the finals and go head-to-head at 125, where Matt Sencenbaugh (Auburn) battles Jason Gray. Sencenbaugh was the 119-pound champ last year but missed the first half of the season with a broken hand. He is 1-2 against Gray.

Auburn has another defending champion in Jack Swartz, who is in the 171-pound final.

Yelm has two finalists.

Michael Mangrum of Auburn Riverside goes for his third straight title tonight, pinning his way to the finals at 145. He was won 99 straight matches since losing the championship match as a freshman. Teammate Eric Jones (152) also remains unbeaten and goes for a second crown.

One defending 3A champ went down in the semis as White River’s Justin Purves lost to Patrick Mucha of North Thurston.

The championship bouts for both boys and girls begin at 5 p.m.

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