Tahome is still giving chase in the Class 4A state wrestling tournament here at the Tacoma Dome.
But University of Spokane leads the race and will be hard to catch.
The Bears had a great morning with all four of their semifinalists advancing to the finals – Steven Hopkins (103), Tyler Lamb (140), Nick Bayer (189) and Konner Knudtsen (215).
University got two through, Ryan Zumwalt (152) and Jake Mason (160), but are cleaning up in the consolation bracket as seven others will take home medals. Tahoma has just one other medalist, Jordan Higa at 135 (seventh or eighth).
With the final consolation rounds still in progress, University has a 10-point lead over Tahoma, 109.5-99.5 Tahoma coach Chris Feist says he won’t be disappointed if the Bears come up short in their pursuit of the team title – and if you know how competitive this guy is, that might surprise you.
But his guys have done just about everything they can to this point. University has just had an outstanding tournament.
“They rolled in here and continue to steamroll,” Feist said. “Regardless of how we do, whether we’re first or second or third, our kids have been wrestling their hearts out. They’ve done everything they can do. There’s a lot of pride in the Tahoma wrestling family right now.”
Knudtsen edged Mead’s Jacob Trotter, the defending state champion at 215, in an exciting semifinal, 5-3. Trotter beat Knudtsen in the semis last year, when Knudtsen had to settle for third. He beat Trotter in a tournament earlier this season.
Moses Lake has moved into third place with 79 points and has three finalists. Auburn is a close fourth with 74. The Trojans have two in the finals – Dylan Rutledge (171) and Nick Conlan (285), with Kelly Maughan (130), Chris Young (215) and Danny Shelton (285) also assured of medals.
Conlan and Shelton were paired in the semis, but Shelton injury defaulted after hurting his ribs in Friday’s quarterfinal match. He said he planed to wrestle his consolation matches.
Lake Stevens, which has won the past three state titles, sits fifth with 72.5 points – one spot out of the trophy picture. But the Vikings have a pair of potential champions in Josh Heinzer (112) and Steven Walkley (135).
Other 4A local finalists are Ruben Navejas of Kentwood (103), Ares Carpio of Beamer (119), Kyle McIntosh of Jefferson (145), Dylan Aparis of Decatur (152) and Micah Morrill of Snohomish (160).
Graham-Kapowsin’s Efrain Aguilar is in the title match at 125 as he goes for a third consecutive title.
Lake Washington’s Dylan Ullery and Skyline’s Anthony DeMatteo (215) both lost in the semis.
We’ll have a 3A update shortly, as well as notes on other classifications and the girls tournament.