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February 5, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Tahoma dominates SPSL 4A North wrestling subregional

I was in Monroe Saturday for the WesCo 4A subregional wrestling tournament, where Snohomish upended Lake Stevens.

You can read my story here.

And you can find the roundup of some of the other wrestling subregionals here.

I discovered this morning that we did not get results sent to us from the SPSL 4A North Division subregional wrestling tournament Saturday at Kent-Meridian, so I tracked them down.

Tahoma, ranked No. 1 in Class 4A, had an impressive day, running away with the team title with a whopping 475.5 points. Kentwood edged Auburn for second place, 231-226.5.

The Bears qualified landed 15 wrestlers in the finals and emerged with eight champions — Tim Whitehead (113), Cruz Valasquez (120), Steven Hopkins (126), Joey Palmer (132), Tanner Mjelde (145), Garrett Autrey (170), Austin Perry (182) and Ed Torres (285).

Palmer won a state title at 125 pounds last season, when he attended Rogers of Puyallup. He is ranked No. 1 in the state, regardless of classification. Hopkins took fourth at state 119 after winning the 103-pound crown as a sophomore in 2010. He is ranked No. 1 in 4A and No. 2 overall behind Orting’s Drew Templeman.

Tahoma is taking 16 qualifiers to the Region 3 tournament at Jefferson, which will also include wrestlers from the Narrows League. I plan to be there to cover it.

Auburn got subregional titles from Brian Alonzo (106), Josh Tate (152) and Seth Mizoguchi (160). Kentwood’s lone champion was Matthew Herrick at 220. The other winners were Kentlake’s Colton Marlowe (138) and Jefferson’s K.W. Williams (195).

You can complete brackets for that tournament, and many others, on the Washington Wrestling Report website. If they are not currently posted, they likely will be before long.

On the girls side, Emerald Ridge won the SPSL 4A subregional (for both North and South) with 208 points. Federal Way was second at 198. Beamer freshman Arian Carpio, ranked No. 1 in the state at 106, remained unbeaten.

ER had two champions in Jennifer Anderson (124) and Imani Hampton (170). Anderson is top-ranked in her weight class, as are these other winners — Federal Way’s Bianca Arizpe (112), Kentwood’s Cassidy Meyers (118) and Auburn’s Katrynia Todd (137). Todd took home the state title at 140 last year.

Federal Way had another subregional winner in Luaipou Lologo (144). Spanaway Lake emerged with a pair of champs in Caeleenda Johnson (130) and Cherelle Jackson (265). The other winners were Kendra Smith of Rogers (100), Ezzy Martinez of urtis (155) and Beverly Coleman of Bethel (195).

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