In this edition of “Weighing In,” we’ll look at Woodinville’s dominant 182-pounder, Ryan Christensen, taking down a title at Tri-State over the weekend. Also, we’ll take a look at Marquee matches upcoming, Top targets, Big performances and links to state rankings individually and team.
Christensen takes home 182 title at prestigious Tri-State tournament
To say that Woodinville senior wrestler Ryan Christensen is prepared for his senior season would be an understatement.
He’s poised for another run at a Class 4A state title – again at 182 pounds.
Christensen appeared in late-season form over the weekend when he tore through opponents in the 182-pound weight class at the vaunted 35th annual Tri-State Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Christensen, the defending Class 4A state champion at 182 bound for the University of Wisconsin, improved his season record to 13-0 with four victories en route to the 182-pound title at Tri-State on Saturday.
Christensen capped off his dominant weekend with a pin in one minute over Jordan Nolan of Kuna, Idaho, in the 182-pound championship match.
“He pretty well got going,” said Todd Christensen, Ryan’s father and first-year head coach of the Falcons after spending 2012-13 as co-head coach and 2011-12 as a volunteer assistant. “Those two losses he had bite a little bit, but he’s had a pretty good career so far. He’s been working hard. He needs to keep building and getting better. He’s focused on preparing for next year.”
He is already signed with Wisconsin and preparing to make the jump to college.
“He’ll be a Badger next year,” Todd Christensen said. “He visited five schools. He went to Stanford, Virginia, Michigan and Minnesota. It really came down to the best all-around fit for him for school. He’s a really good student [with a 3.8 GPA].
“He wants to study mechanical engineering or something in that area. It was an area and a culture there that fit well with his personality and the coaches worked well with him. He really wanted to wrestle in the Big 10 Conference, and that’s where the best wrestling is [staged].”
The Falcons’ standout wrestler, who owns a 96-2 career mark, topped Michael Griffin of OC by technical fall in 4:33 in the semifinals and pinned Tyler Klein of Glacier Peak in 1:24 in the quarterfinals. Christensen’s other win was a 9-2 decision over Kentridge’s Zach Seibel in the second round. He got a first-round bye.
With his four wins over the weekend, Christensen closed in on the school-record career win total, hiking his record to 96-2 in four seasons, putting him two off tying the school record for career wins.
Pretty soon he will eclipse the school mark of 98 wins put up by Kyle Komata, who graduated from Woodinville in 2009. Komota captured a Class 4A state title at 125 pounds his senior season and posted the school-best win total that season.
Christensen was one of six champions from Washington in the two-day event featuring top wrestlers from Washington, Oregon and Idaho.
Christensen went 41-1 as a junior at 182 and 42-1 as a sophomore at 160. He took second at 160 at 4A state his sophomore season.
The Falcons’ top wrestler isn’t just about himself.
“He set a personal goal when he came to Woodinville to help grow the program,” his father said. “He’s always been very committed to working and helping out his teammates and coach the other guys. He’s been about improving the team situation.
“The team has a goal of getting in the top 10 at state and the program’s never done that. We were right on the border, and 11th two years ago. That’s a big part of his focus and he wants to bring his teammates up.”
Christensen, who started wrestling at age 5, has grown as a team leader after starting in the Falcons’ program as a quiet, shy team member.
“He’s made a lot strides with his leadership,” his father said. “He’s really grown over the last couple of years. He was our first-ever sophomore captain at Woodinville. He earned that over the summer, but he’s always been pretty quiet.
“He’s a third-year captain and a go-to guy now.”
More Tri-State Wrestling Tournament at North Idaho College
Lake Stevens secured third place at the 35th Tri-State Wrestling Tournament on Friday and Saturday.
Tahoma was the second-highest finisher from western Washington in the team race, taking fifth.
Kuna, Idaho won the team title with 193 points with Lewiston, Idaho, taking second with 143 points. Lake Stevens was a close third with 141 points and Moses Lake was fourth at 135. Tahoma was fifth at 126 and University of Spokane took sixth at 120.5.
Senior Noah Cuzzetto as Lake Stevens’ top finisher, taking second at 132. Teammate Jake Douglas was third at 126.
Marquee match upcoming
… Lake Stevens, the defending Class 4A state champion and ranked No. 1 by www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net, hosts another tradition-rich school, No. 2 Moses Lake, on Friday, Dec. 27 in a nonleague dual meet at 7 p.m.
The two schools possess 26 state titles between them. The host Vikings own nine state titles and Moses Lake has 17, but the Chiefs haven’t won a team title since 2001.
Lake Stevens is shooting for its sixth title in eight seasons.
… Skyline (4A) is off to a 6-0 start in dual meets in 2013-2014. Another KingCo 4A school, Woodinville, is 6-1.
… Lake Stevens (4A) is also off to a 5-0 start in duals in 2013-14.
… Local teams fared well at one of the most prestigious early-season tournaments, the 35th Tri-State Wrestling Tournament, in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho on Friday and Saturday. The event took place at North Idaho College.
Here’s a link to the tournament results website:
Team scores at Tri-State
… Behind seven individual champions, Yelm captured the 2013 Rogers of Puyallup Holiday Tournament on Saturday at Rogers High School.
Yelm finished with 255.5 points to outpace Puyallup’s 179.5.
… Powered by four individual champions, Sedro-Woolley captured the team title at Saturday’s 2013 Mount Baker/Justin Compton Invitational in Deming.
Glacier Peak took second with 151.5 points to the champion’s 207-point winning total.
The Grizzlies of Snohomish had a pair of titlists in Logan Coleman (160) and Mosese Fifita (285).
Arlington was fourth at 139.5 points with champions at 113 with Jeremy Nygard and at 132 with Conner Gonzales.
… William Olivas of Sunnyside brought home top honors in the 126-pound weight class at the Reno Tournament of Champions event over the weekend.
… Kentridge wrestlers secured four individual titles at the Shelton Holiday Tournament over the weekend. Nathan Hobbs (106), Reyes Trevino (113), Tanner Zeiler (126) and Daniel Vi (285) brought home titles for the Chargers.
… Bonney Lake took top honors in the boys division 2013 Hammerhead Invitational over the weekend at the Kitsap Sun Pavilion in Bremerton.
The victorious Panthers scored 229 points to runner-up South Kitsap’s 218. Mercer Island finished seventh with 142.5 points and Auburn Mountainview was 10th with 132.
Bonney Lake finished with three individual champions – Carson Corbaley (106), Cayle Williams (160) and Chili Sabin (182).
Yelm won the girls title with 124 points to Kelso’s 113.
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