I’ve got writing duties, but want to quickly update you on the team and individual championships.
Tahoma won the 4A title and crowned two champs — Joey Palmer (132) and Aaron Davis (220). Other area 4A winners were Noah Cuzetto of Edmonds-Woodway (106), Eric Solar of Lake Stevens (126), Ian Steen of Graham-Kapowsin (138) and K.W. Williams of Jefferson (195).
Enumclaw earned a second straight 3A championship as Lucas Somero (138) earned another title.
Bishop Blanchet’s Peter Johnson pulled out an amazing victory at 195, pinning his opponent after trailing 9-2 with 8.8 seconds left! He’s only the second Metro winner that we’re aware of.
Other local champions in 3A were Andrew Cunningham of Bonney Lake (120), Jessie Lopez of Everett (132), Blake Johnson of Mercer Island (160) and Sean Elledge of Glacier Peak (182).
One 1A note — Orting’s Drew Templeman became the ninth wrestler in state history to become a four-time champion, leading the Cardinals to another team title.
Area girls who won were Justine Palabrica of Everett (100), Yodi Lawes of Bonney Lake (112), Cassidy Meyers of Kentwood (118), Jennifer Anderson of Emerald Ridge (124), Katrynia Todd of Auburn (137), Kiaya Van Scoyoc of Lakes and Laura Charboneau of Stanwood. Todd is a two-time winner.
Sedro-Woolley won the girls team title again.
That’s it from state wrestling. Check the web for our stories a little later (as well as tomorrow’s paper).
It will be an exciting day of state wrestling here at the Tacoma Dome in Mat Classic XXIV.
A remind you that you can get bracket updates on the WIAA website. Just click on the weight class in the classification you’re interested in.
We are about 30 minutes away from the finals. The parade of champions (top 8 finishers in each weight class) starts shortly, followed by the Hall of Fame introductions.
It gets crazy and I’ve got two stories to write. So, again, check with link above for bracket updates. Plus, there are live webcasts of all the finals via the WIAA Network. Go here and click on the match you want to watch. When it’s all over, I’ll have a final post with team scores and local champions.
I’ll post updates during the day starting here.
Enumclaw has clinched its second straight 3A team championship and fourth in the past five years (Yelm won in 2010).
With only the championship matches remaining, the Hornets lead Yelm, 120-98. Both teams have two wrestlers in the finals. The most Yelm could score is 12 points.
Sedro-Woolley owns another girls title, the school’s fourth in a row. The Cubs have 77 points to 70 for Fife, which has just one finalist (possibility of six points).
Tahoma has all but wrapped up its first 4A team title.
The Bears did the job with their “backdoor” points to build a 178-150.5 lead over Mead heading into the championship matches. Mead has five in the finals to Tahoma’s four. The only way the Panthers could catch up and go ahead is to have all five win by pin (which would be good for six points each) and have all four Tahoma wrestlers lose.
Honestly, I just don’t see that happening.
In addition to the four finalists (mentioned below), six other Tahoma wrestlers are taking home medals. Garrett Autrey finished third, while fourth-place honors go to Cruz Velasquez (120), Gabe Boynay (132) and Matt Hopkins (195). Tanner Mjelde was fifth at 145 and Todd Link got eighth at 106.
Here’s the semifinal upset of the day — Josh Mitchell of Mount Si lost 8-2 to University’s Kyle Cosby at 3A 285. He was the defending champion.
But Peter Johnson of Blanchet still has the chance to win one for Metro as he is in the finals at 195, where he will face Jake Ferris from Wilson.
Mercer Island has a pair of wrestlers going for titles — Blake Johnson (160) and Phil Frazer (182). Decatur and Glacier Peak also advanced two to the finals. Decatur sends Nick Karis (160) and Rowland Gaydosh (170). GP’s qualifiers are the Elledge cousins, Jacob (145) and Sean (182).
Jimmy Trull of Bellevue (220) and Ian Bolstad of Shorecrest (285) are in the 3A finals as well along with Everett’s Jessie Lopez (132).
Enumclaw and Yelm are locked in a tight battle for the team title with the Hornets on top by one, 92-91. Both have two wrestlers in the finals. Enumclaw’s Lucas Somero, a returning champ, goes for the 138-pound title and teammate Tyke Reid has a shot for a crown at 120, where he faces Bonney Lake’s Andrew Cunningham. Bonney Lake has another finalist in Colton Tracy (113).
On the girls side, Auburn senior Katrynia Todd seeks a second straight championship as she’s in the final at 137. Stanwood’s Laura Charboneau, who lost in the 285-pound title match last season, gets a second shot this year as she goes for the crown at 265.
Everett senior Justine Palabrica is in the championship match at 100, while Beamer freshman Arian Carpio remained unbeaten to advance at 106.
Other area girls in the finals are Yodi Lawes of Bonney Lake (112), Cassidy Meyers of Kentwood (118), Jennifer Anderson of Emerald Ridge (124), Lateah Holmes of Fife (145) and Kiaya Van Scoyoc of Lakes (155).
I just saw some exciting 4A semifinal matches.
Tahoma had a so-so round, winning four of seven matches. Steven Hopkins avenged last year’s semifinal loss to Colton Orrino from Central Valley, 6-2, to advance to the 126-pound title match and remain unbeaten. There, he’ll face Lake Stevens’ Eric Solar, who used a last-season takedown to edge Beamer’s Ares Carpio, 6-5.
Carpio, a senior, was unbeaten and had hoped to win titles with his freshman sister, Arian. She is in the girls 106-pound final.
Tahoma’s other semifinal winners were Tim Whitehead (113), Joey Palmer (132) and Aaron Davis (220). Davis is a bit of surprise after finishing third at regionals, but he has been impressive, pinning his way to the championship match.
Graham-Kapowsin enjoyed the best round, advancing all six semifinalists to the title bouts. Mead won five of seven.
Tahoma is still on top in the team race, but Mead is closing in, 149-142.5. Graham-Kapowsin is third with 128. The Eagles likely are too far back to win it all, even if they get five or six champions.
Woodinville has a pair of finalists in Ryan Christensen (160) and Eddie Meisner (220). Christensen, a sophomore, is unbeaten. He’ll face another unbeaten wrestler in the title match, Mead’s Chandler Rogers, who won as a freshman at 145 last year.
K.W. Williams of Jefferson is in the 195-pound final, where he’ll face Kadyn Del Toro of Curtis. Del Torro handed Arlington’s Blake McPherson his first loss of the season in the semis, 6-5, and is reponsible for Williams’ lone loss this year.
Lake Stevens has another finalists in Brandon Johnson, who won in overtime at 285. And Edmonds-Woodway sophomore Noah Cuzzetto advanced to get a shot at a title at 106, too. Beamer’s DeShar House goes for the crown at 138.
I’ll be back with updates for 3A and the girls, but want to get this posted.