Top-ranked Lake Stevens built a big lead early, then held on to beat No. 3 Moses Lake, 36-34, in a showdown between the state’s top 4A wrestling programs Friday night at Cavelero Mid High School in Lake Stevens.
The Vikings swept the first six matches — including a pin by Jessie Peterson at 103 and a forfeit at 112 — to open up a 27-0 lead, but Moses Lake used three straight first-round pins to power back into the match.
Lake Stevens’ Jack Reeves answered with a 40-second pin at 160 and Andrew King pulled out a 4-2 decision at 171 to all but put the match away at 36-18. If the Chiefs could have closed out the match with three pins, they would have drawn even for the tie — and they did get two of them. But at 215 Brandon Johnson held his opponent — top-ranked Brian Chamberlain (the defending state champ) to a major decision, and that was enough.
It’s almost time to start getting excited for what should be an entertaining post-season, if you aren’t already. The sub-regional tournaments are just three weeks away.
Here are those complete results:
103 — Jessie Peterson, LS, pinned Fernando Leyva, 3:55
112 — Dakota Reynolds, LS, won by forfeit
119 — Eric Soler, LS, maj. dec. Beau Gleed, 13-2
125 — Ryan Rodorigo, LS, maj. dec. Brad Fox, 14-5
130 — Nick Majors, LS, dec. Omar Suarez, 8-2
135 — Kinsey Johnson, LS, maj. dec. Colton Cole, 12-3
140 — Herson Rodriguez, ML, pinned Austin Gershmel, 1:20
145 — Nathan Martinez, ML, pinned Xavier Terry, 1:30
152 — Nicco Moreno, ML, pinned Brad Barry, :52
160 — Jack Reeves, LS, pinned Derek Johnson, :40
171 — Andrew King, LS, dec. Johnathan Peralez, 4-2
189 — Derek Frederickson, ML, pinned Ryan Simoneaux, 2:46
215 — Brian Chamberlain, ML, maj. dec. Brandon Johnson,10-2
285 — Kabe Fluaitt, ML, pinned Cody Schlosser, 2:46