In this edition of “Weighing In,” we’ll look at Kentwood’s top female wrestler, Cassidy Meyers, and the Conquerors’ family affair. The Conks are rising back toward the top as a 4A team.
Also, we’ll take a look at Marquee matches upcoming, Top targets, Big performances and links to state rankings individually and team.
The Kentwood High School wrestling room is full of tough guys.
And, tough girls.
The toughest of them all might just be senior Cassidy Meyers, a 124-pounder seeking to become the Conquerors’ first female four-time state placer by season’s end.
Meyers is going for an encore senior season and is off to a roaring 15-0 start.
“First of all, it’s just a great family she’s from, starting with the Dad and Mom,”
Kentwood coach Ken Sroka said. “Their family is a very big soccer-wrestling family. Lot of their cousins have been soccer players. It’s a very athletic family. I would think soccer is their first sport.”
Meyers captured the 124-pound class of the All-South Puget Sound League (SPSL) Girls Tournament on Dec. 27, posting a 17-6 decision over Puyallup’s Jordan Bartleson for a signature early-season victory.
“She does work hard and she’s in the [wrestling room] all the time,” said Sroka. “It helps that she has her dad in there as a coach and that she has a lot of girls to wrestle with in the room.
“She gets hurts just like all the guys and always gets through it and guts through it.”
Meyers’ brothers – Dalton and Walker — are also standout wrestlers for the Conks and her father, Steve Meyers, is an assistant for the program. He guides the girls program when they are at separate tournaments from the boys.
“He’s been a really good father in that he’s kind of given his boys to us,” Sroka said. “He travels with the girls a lot, and he trusts his boys with us. I text him his boys results from the tournaments. He gets to see his boys in the duals.”
Cassidy Meyers took sixth as a freshman at 4A state in the 119-pound weight class, fourth as a sophomore at 119 and won a state title at 118 as a junior. Another title would cap off one of the brightest female wrestling careers in Kentwood history.
“Cassidy is huge in rugby and she’s going to play in college,” Sroka said. “Her brothers, Dalton and Walker, play rugby at Kentwood and plays club.”
Walker Meyers posted 30 wins as a freshman, but didn’t reach state. Now, a sophomore, he won the 120 class at Battle At The Border in Blaine on Dec. 8. He was 12-0 as of Dec. 20.
Junior Dalton Meyers, a two-time state qualifier, was second at 138 in the Battle At The Border. He was 11-1 through Dec. 20.
“He’s probably wrestling the best on our team right now,” Sroka said.
Cassidy’s sister, Jolene Crook-Meyers, won a state title at 140 pounds as a senior in 2009.
The Kentwood girls team has nine wrestlers with Cassidy Meyers leading the way.
The Conquerors’ strength is in its numbers as proven by their team title in Blaine’s Battle At The Border on Dec. 8. Kentwood posted 234 points to capture the event over Beamer, which had 225, and host Blaine (217.5).
The Conks compiled a record of 57-27 with 26 pins and six major decisions in the tournament.
All-SPSL Tournament results
Bonney Lake junior Colton Tracy, who was second at 113 pounds in Class 3A, took the 126-pound weight class at the All-South Puget Sound League (SPSL) Tournament on Dec. 28-29. Tracy, ranked No. 3 at 126 in 3A by www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net, topped Tim Whitehead of Tahoma 9-3 in the 126 final.
Kent-Meridian senior Joshua Smith, ranked No. 4 in 4A 145, took the 138-pound category at All-SPSL, polishing off a 5-0 record with a 7-4 decision over Graham-Kapowsin’s Adam Romano. Smith was fifth at 138 in 4A.
Graham-Kapowsin senior Ian Steen, the defending state champion at 138 pounds in 4A, pinned Enumclaw senior Lucas Somera in 38 seconds in the 145-pound final at All-SPSL. Somera won the 138-pound class in 3A as a junior.
Sumner senior A.J. Atoigue, fifth at 2A state in 152 as a junior, won the 160-pound weight class at All-SPSL. Atoigue’s 8-4 decision over Orting’s Beau Gore delivered the crown.
Decatur senior Nick Karis, the 160-pound 3A state runner-up as a junior, took 170-pound honors with a 14-1 major decision over Steilacoom’s John Santos.
Tahoma won the team All-SPSL team crown with 251.5 points to runner-up Enumclaw’s 200. Decatur was third with 176.5 points, Orting was fourth with 154 and Bonney Lake fifth with 145, Graham-Kapowsin sixth with 140, Kentwood was seventh at 138.5, Auburn was eighth with 121, Sumner was ninth with 118 and Kent-Meridian was 10th with 112.
Marquee matches upcoming
… Snohomish High School plays host to the Panther Invite on Saturday, Jan. 5.
… Southridge senior Kevin Del Angel has accumulated a perfect 18-0 record in the 195-pound weight class so far this season.
… The top teams in the area in terms of wins are Class 3A Mount Si (10-1), 4A Lake Stevens (9-2) and 4A Skyline (9-1).
… University of Spokane already has posted 256 pins so far this season, believed to be one of the top totals in the state.
… Cascade of Everett won four individual titles en route to the team title in the Lynnwood Classic on Dec. 22. Mariner took second with 184 points to the Bruins’ winning total of 234.
The Bruins got titles from Jorge Escobedo (113), Gino Obregon (132), Alex Reeves (138) and Noah Johnson (152) and a runner-up finish from Wyatt Larsen (126).
… Sophomore Matt Iwicki of Eastside Catholic captured the individual title at 120 in the Lynnwood Classic, pinning Timberline’s Christian Derda in 2:23. Iwicki, ranked No. 1 in 3A and No. 7 in the All-Class rankings by www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net, was third at 3A 113 as a freshman.
Class 4A & 3A, 2A, 1A, B & girls
All-Class individual rankings
Here are three valuable wrestling resources on the web:
Searchable database for results
Team and individual rankings
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