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January 20, 2010 at 1:34 PM

Panthers go Old School in Old Gym’s final year

Snohomish wrestling coach Rob Zabel was seated on his home couch, beside his 3-year-old daughter, watching ESPN SportsCenter highlights last week. “There were these two hockey guys just duking it out, and she asked, ‘Dad, why are those guys wrestling?’,” recalls Zabel. “And I thought, ‘That’s what Snohomish wrestling is — just two guys duking it out.'”

Zabel’s probably right, because the days of guys like 2009 state champions Stefan St. Marie (135 pounds) or Sam Ottow (130) walking through the Snohomish hallways may be gone with the opening of Glacier Peak last year.

“We’ve had to change our style a little bit,” admitted Zabel, whose team was runner-up to 4A state champion Lake Stevens last year in his first year as head coach. “We’re not as athletic or slick as we were. We’re more brawlers now.”

The Panthers’ next ‘brawl’ comes Thursday when they host Arlington in the final varsity competition in the Old Gym, aka “The Pit”. It was the Hoosiers-eque home to the 1970 boys basketball state-championship team, and has been the school’s wrestling venue for 50 years.

There will be a special ceremony between the junior varsity matches (beginning at 5:30) and the varsity matches (7 p.m. start). Alumni are encouraged to attend.

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