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February 19, 2010 at 8:59 PM

Update on Mat Classic from the Tacoma Dome

The pairings are set for tomorrow’s semifinals in all classifications of the state wrestling tournaments. You can find updates for each weight class here.

The WIAA was having trouble with its bracket page, but hopefully that is fixed now.

Team scores just came in and University will be tough to beat with a 21-point lead over Tahoma, 74.5-53.5. The Titans still have nine wrestlers alive.

But “four” is the magic number for semifinalists in Class 4A. Auburn, Tahoma, Lake Stevens and University of Spokane each have four in that round, which begins at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Tahoma’s quartet includes Nick Bayer, who is going for a third title, and Tyler Lamb, who is assured of becoming a four-time state medalist.

It’s been a banner day for the SPSL, especially the North Division (11 in the semis).

In 3A, Enumclaw still has a slight lead over Yelm, 54-51.5, with one more round of consolation matches tonight. The Hornets, two-time defending champs, have three in the semifinals, while Auburn Mountainview advanced four. Bellevue also sent three to the semis.

On the girls side, Enumclaw’s Chantelle Bailey is on track to defend her 171-pound championship, pinning her first two opponents.

Interlake’s Brandae Grein is 2-1 on the day at 152 and that’s impressive because she’s in a wheelchair or on crutches when not wrestling. Grein, sixth at 152 as a sophomore last year, suffered a bad ankle sprain a month ago and re-injured it last Friday. She is manuevering around the Tacoma Dome in a wheel chair and uses crutches to walk on the mat, then wrestles.

Grein lost her opening match, then came back to win the next two to clinch another medal.

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