Here are some more 3A wrestling notes from Matt Rybaltowski:
Three-time defending state champion Derek Garcia of Sedro-Woolley pinned Caleb Malychewski of Camas at 2:57 of the 3A 171-pound semifinals to advance to the championship round. Garcia used a move where he stuck his hand in between Malychewski’s legs to take control of the match.
“I don’t usually use it,” Garcia said. “It gets him off balance and I tried to stand him up with one leg.”
Afterwards, Garcia sported a pair of shorts with the phrase “Jesus Didn’t Tap,” emboldened on the back. Garcia found the shorts on the Christian-based MMA clothing company’s web site. If he is able to win his fourth consecutive state championship, Garcia will credit Jesus for the victory. “He gave His life,” Garcia said. “He didn’t quit on us, so I’m not going to quit on Him.”
Meanwhile, Enumclaw junior wrestler Kario Wallin used two reverses to pull away from O’Dea’s Gino Clement at critical portions of a 15-4 semifinals victory at 160 pounds. Already ahead 2-0 in the first period, Wallin escaped from underneath Clement midway through the period. The move enabled Wallin to increase his lead to 7-1 at the end of the period.
Wallin built the lead to 9-3 after a reverse in the second period. From there, Clement scored just one point for the remainder of the match. “That was huge,” Wallin said.
“Once I knew I could escape from that kid, I knew I could escape from anybody.”
In the championship, Wallin will take on Caleb O’Halek from Olympic. In the regular season Wallin earned a victory over Ben Draeger of Todd Beamer, who has defeated O’Halek in the past. Wallin said he does not know much about O’Halek’s tendencies.
“We don’t scout opponents,” he said. “We work harder than anyone in the wrestling room (during practice) so it doesn’t matter who we’re facing.”