In this edition of “Weighing In,” we’ll look at Arian Carpio and her bid to become a two-time state champion for the Beamer girls. Also, we’ll take a look at Marquee matches upcoming, Top targets, Big performances and links to state rankings individually and team.
Carpio shoots for another title, moves down to 124
Clearly, Beamer girls wrestling coach Karistionna Carlile understands that her best wrestler, Arian Carpio, doesn’t back down.
Carpio, a junior for the Titans, seeks out the biggest challenge. Carlile respects that, admires it, in fact.
The state champion at 112 pounds last season moved up in weight this season and has wrestled primarily at the 130-pound class this season. Just recently, she decided to drop down to 124, a loaded weight category with two other state champs.
Carpio, part of the state’s fifth-ranked girls squad, made the drop in weight to face the best wrestlers.
“She decided to do this on her own, so she could wrestle all these tough girls,” said Carlile, the Titans’ first-year coach and former wrestler at Emerald Ridge High School. “I think she did it because deep down she knows she can do it and she’s so determined. Those highly ranked girls, she wants to wrestle them.
“She wants to go against these first-placers. She takes wrestling very seriously.”
Carpio is off a 12-1 start in 2013-14 with her only loss coming via disqualification for unnecessary roughness. She was undefeated at 33-0 en route to last season’s title run and she finished 35-1, losing only in the 106 final in 2011-12.
Carpio takes an 80-2 career mark into this week’s action. The goal is to gear up for wrestling at 124 pounds the rest of the season, including Mat Classic XXV on Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome.
At the 124-pound weight class, Carpio must contend with a pair of tough sophomores in Grandview’s Desiree Zavala and Puyallup’s Jordan Bartelson. Two weeks ago, Bartelson, the 118-pound state champ in 2013, Carpio pinned her early in the second round of the finals of 124 pounds at the Kelso Invitational tournament on Jan. 11.
“She dropped down to 124 just so she could face [Bartelson],” Carlile said.
The Titans have 21 girls out for wrestling, making it one of the larger programs in the area. Carlile, probably the youngest coaches in the state at age 20 who works with head coach Sam Hunt [also heads up Decatur in co-op situation], just got a return from junior Vanessa Dixon, who made her season debut after just becoming eligible.
Dixon, who took second at 145 last season, is 1-0 at 170 this season. She returned last weekend and will continue her season on Saturday at the Jag Invite at Emerald Ridge.
“Nobody has really seen her compete this year,” Carlile said. “She should have a good shot at doing well at state.”
“We’ve been placing pretty high at almost every tournament that we take all our girls to,” Carlile said. “I can see us finishing pretty high at state.”
Lake Stevens continues to test itself, get stronger for state run
Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes put together a brutal schedule for his Vikings’ wrestlers this fall and it should pay off when his team goes for the school’s 10th state title on Feb. 21-22 at Mat Classic XXV in the Tacoma Dome.
The Vikings, the defending Class 4A state champions, have fallen twice in tough dual meets, but the payoff is getting tested and a getting better.
The Vikings’ lineup features three wrestlers ranked No. 1 at their respective weight class by www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net – sophomore Michael Soler (120), senior Noah Cuzzetto (132) and junior Cody Vigoren (195).
Lake Stevens fell to Moses Lakes 37-29 on Dec. 27 for its first home loss in 20-plus years and then was handed a 39-23 defeat at Roseburg, Ore., on Jan. 11. But those losses might have revealed weaknesses for the Vikings to fix before postseason.
Marquee matches upcoming
… Tahoma (5-0) travels for a pair of dual-meet matches that could decide the South Puget Sound League (SPSL) North Division title in the middle of this week. First, the Bears visit Auburn (3-0) on Wednesday and then go to Kent-Meridian (4-1) on Thursday. Both matches start at 7:30 p.m.
… Lindbergh (6-0) can close out a perfect 7-0 campaign in the Seamount League with a home victory against Kennedy Catholic (3-2) on Thursday at 7 p.m.
… Lake Stevens (2-0) closes out WesCo 4A North Division action with Thursday home match against Mount Vernon and a road match at Snohomish (2-0) on Tuesday, Jan. 28. Both start at 7 p.m.
… KingCo 4A Conference leader Woodinville (7-0) goes on the road for a pair of significant dual meets in pursuit of wrapping the conference crown this week.
The Falcons are at Newport (1-5) on Tuesday and at Inglemoor (6-1) on Thursday. Woodinville closes out KingCo 4A action on Tuesday, Jan. 28 at home against Issaquah (4-0).
… In SPSL 3A, both Enumclaw and Decatur undefeated atop the South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 3A standings. Decatur leads at 4-0 with Enumclaw at 3-0. The two teams face off on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at Enumclaw at 6 p.m.
Enumclaw then travels to Tahoma on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. for the two school’s 12th annual “Battle of the Bone.”
… Sultan brought home the team title on Saturday at the 2014 Jack Reynolds Memorial Tournament of Excellence, edging Oak Harbor 154-149, at Mercer Island High School.
The Turks were 28-13 with 21 pins en route to the crown. They featured three individual champions. Winning titles were David Woo (106), Brandon Webb (195) and Taylor Comfort (220) and posting runner-up finishes were Matt Baller (182) and Morgan Yates (195).
Bellevue junior Christian Villani, a state champion at 132 pounds in Class 3A last season, scored an individual title at 145 pounds on Saturday. Villani pinned Mercer Island’s Kenji Walker in 1:05 inf the 145-pound final.
Shorewood senior Matthew Floresca captured the 126-pound weight class with an 11-2 decision over Mercer Island junior Luke Wilson in the championship bout. Floresca won the 126-pound weight in Class 3A state last season.
… Snohomish, led by two individual titlists, outlasted Stanwood 177-175.5 to claim Saturday’s 2014 Marysville Premier tournament. The Panthers went 35-18 with 18 pins to power to the team title.
Snohomish’s individual champions were Garrett Stich (182) and Tristan Baus (220).
Woodinville senior Ryan Christensen, the defending state champion at 182 pound in Class 3A, took home top honors at 182 on Saturday with a 3-0 decision over Stanwood’s Foster Wade in the title match.
Christensen reached the final with a pair of quick pins in his first two matches.
… Lincoln of Tacoma won Saturday’s 9th annual Willie C. Stewart Invitational, besting runner-up Kent-Meridian 160-143.
The runner-up Royals got titles from Gerardo Suarez (113), Jahleel Smith (138), Amos Daigbe (170) and Tanner Torr (285).
… Sunnyside rode four individual champions to the team title in the 2014 Ray Westberg Invitational wrestling tournament on Saturday at Ellensburg High School.
The Grizzlies edged Sumner 193.5 points to 183.5 in the team race. Othello was third at 180.
Sumner got titles from Wyatt James (145), Josiah Schliesman (152) and Jed Schliesman (160).
… Puyallup went 5-0 in the 2014 Sentinel Duals to claim first place on Saturday at Steilacoom High School.
Meridian, Idaho, and Yelm went 4-1 to tie for second place.
Puyallup beat Yelm 51-18, Shelton 57-18, Bainbridge 53-15, River Ridge 61-9 and finally Meridian 36-26 to decide first and second places.
Preseason team & individual rankings
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