I’m at the Tacoma Dome for Mat Classic XXIV, the state wrestling championships.
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Tahoma leads the 4A race with 92 points. Mead sits in second place at 78.5, followed by Union of Vancouver (57.5) and Graham-Kapowsin (56).
After a bit of a rough start in the opening round, Tahoma had an excellent second round, landing four wrestlers in the semifinals — Tim Whitehead (113), Cruz Velasquez (120), Steven Hopkins (126), Joey Palmer (132), Gabe Boynay (132), Tanner Mjelde (145) and Aaron Davis (220).
Mead also pushed seven through to the semis, while Graham-Kapowsin advanced six — Spencer Schroeder (106), Taylor Salzberg (120), Adam Ramano (132), Ian Steen (138), Grant Steen (145) and Joseph Gomez (182).
Other area wrestlers who reached the 4A semifinals are Noah Cuzzetto of Edmonds-Woodway (106), Brian Olonzo of Auburn (106), Matt Iwicki of Eastside Catholic (113), Eddie Cuevas of Curtis (113), Eric Solar of Lake Stevens (126), Ares Carpio of Beamer (126), Deshar House of Beamer (138), Ammon Morrill of Snohomish (160), Ryan Christensen of Woodinville (160), Erik Harper of Eastlake (170), Ryan Olliges of Lake Stevens (182), Bryce McPherson (195), Kadyn Del Toro of Curtis (195), Nathan Proffit of Snohomish (195), K.W. Williams of Jefferson (195), Jake Hollister of Woodinville (220), Brandon Johnson of Lake Stevens (285) and Jessy Leifi of Federal Way (285).
Yelm is the 3A leader with 62 points. Enumclaw is a close second (58). Bonney Lake and Sedro-Woolley are tied for third with 46.
The 3A local semifinal qualifiers are Colton Tracy of Bonney Lake (113), Tyke Reid of Enumclaw (120), Aqua Prigge of Ingraham (120), Andrew Cunningham of Bonney Lake (120), Nick Linholm of Decatur (126), Jessie Lopez of Everett (132), Lucas Somera of Enumclaw (138), Jacob Elledge of Glacier Peak (145), Chili Sabin of Bonney Lake (160), Blake Johnson of Mercer Island (160), Nick Karis of Decatur (160), Jake Lueders of Bonney Lake (170), Rowland Gaydosh of Decatur (170), Phil Frazier of Mercer Island (182), Sean Elledge of Glacier Peak (182), T.J. Cormier of Enumclaw (195), Peter Johnson of Bishop Blanchet (195), David Dempsey of O’Dea (220), Jimmy Trull of Bellevue (220), Ian Bolstad of Shorecrest (285) and Josh Mitchell of Mount Si (285).
On the girls side, the local semifinalists are Justine Palabrica of Everett (100), Arian Carpio of Beamer (106), Julie Norvell of Newport (106), Yodi Lawes of Bonney Lake (112), Casey Mather of Stanwood (112), Axa Molina of Federal Way (118), Cassidy Meyers of Kentwood (118), Aika Mitchell of Lakeside (118), Jennifer Anderson of Emerald Ridge (124), Katrynia Todd of Auburn (137), Kara Alsen of Skyline (145), Lateah Holmes of Fife (145), Jennifer Fremd of Oak Harbor (145). Kiaya Van Scoyoc of Lakes (155), Madison Thackara of Fife (155), Mikaela Kilcup of White River (170), Imani Hampton of Emerald Ridge (170), and Samantha Mitchell of White River (195).
The quarterfinals will start in about 10 minutes. Through the first round, Tahoma leads Mead in the 4A team chase, 31-29.5. The Bears brought a tourney-best 15 wrestlers, and went 8-7 in the opening round. Mead won 8 of 11 bouts, with one notable upset as regional champion Mathew Petrini (113) lost.
Graham-Kapowsin sits third with 22 points and was 6-5 in first-round matches.
In 3A, Yelm is the early lead with 27 points, followed by Sedro-Woolley (24) and Enumclaw (19). Yelm went 7-1 in opening bouts, while Enumclaw was 5-4.