In this edition of “Weighing In,” we’ll look at Decatur’s strong chances of another state run after taking a school-best second place in Class 3A last season. Also, we’ll take a look at Marquee matches upcoming, Top targets, Big performances and links to state rankings individually and team.
Gators have manpower to make a postseason run
With 10 wrestlers ranked in the top 10 of its respective weight classes, the Decatur High School would like nothing more than to build on last season’s school-best second-place finish at Class 3A state.
When the Gators convene at Mat Classic XXVI at Tacoma Dome on Feb. 21-22, they could be deep enough to go one run higher in the standings.
Decatur, with 10 state participants, finished second in 3A with 138.5 points, right behind University of Spokane’s 142.5 total.
Can they ascend to the top of the team standings in 2014?
“I think we will compete for a title, but it all boils down to who is ready at the right time,” Bressler said. “These kids are looking forward to the challenge.”
The Gators possess a lot of top-end talent.
Ranked in the top 10 of their weight classes are junior Moses Griffen (113, No. 9), senior Trysten Dawson (120, No. 4), sophomore Leviticus Arizpe (126, No. 2), Zack Berry (132, No. 8), junior Isaiah Diggs (138, No. 2), senior Dennis Good (145, No. 10), senior Christian Aragon (152, No. 5), senior Brandon Zimmerman (160, No. 2), junior AJ Sarno (170, No. 9) and senior Max Henry (182, No. 9).
Diggs (27-3) leads the way by being ranked No. 5 at 138 in the All-classifications rankings. Zimmerman (27-4) is No. 6 at 160 in the all-classification rankings, Arizpe (31-0) is No. 8 at 126 and Dawson (25-6) No. 12 at 120.
Diggs took third at 132 in 3A last season. Arizpe finished third at 113 in 3A last season and Dawson took eighth at 113. Zimmerman was seventh at 160.
Berry is currently 25-6, Good 23-4, Aragon 22-5, Sarno 22-5 and Henry 22-5.
The Gators beat South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 3A nemesis Enumclaw 38-22 on Jan. 22, ending the Hornets 54-match dual meet winning streak. It was the first time in seven seasons Enumclaw fell to a league foe.
The triumph gave Decatur the SPSL 3A regular-season dual-meet title with a 5-0 mark. Enumclaw was 4-1.
Next up for the Gators is the SPSL 3A sub-regional tournament on Friday and Saturday at Auburn Mountainview High School. Action begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Siblings shine at Lakes High School
Three siblings – sisters Sienna and Anesia Ramirez and brother Andrew – figure to make a major impact for the Lakes High School wrestling team before the season ends at Mat Classic XXVI at Tacoma Dome.
Sienna, a freshman, is ranked No. 10 at 106 in girls, by www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net. Anesia, a sophomore, is No. 8 at 112. Andrew, a junior, is ranked No. 5 at 126 in Class 3A.
The Lancers of Lakewood, members of South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 3A, are the 12th-ranked girls team in the state, according to www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net.
Andrew Ramirez took fifth at 120 pounds in 3A state last season as a sophomore.
Marquee matches upcoming
… The South Puget Sound League (SPSL) 4A North Division sub-regionals – District 3 — take place on Friday and Saturday at Kent-Meridian High School.
The tournament begins at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
… The SPSL 2A sub-regionals – District 3 – get underway on Friday and finish on Saturday at Orting High School. Friday’s action starts at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday kicks off at 10 a.m.
… The WesCo 4A sub-regionals – District 1 – are slated for Friday and Saturday at Snohomish High School. Action commences at 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
… The WesCo 3A sub-regionals – District 1 – are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Marysville-Pilchuck High School. The wrestling begins at 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.
… The Class 3A District 2/3 sub-regional tournament is set for Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Interlake High School. It will include teams from the Seamount and KingCo 3A/2A leagues.
… The Class 3A Metro League sub-regional tournament is slated for Friday at 3 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. at Eastside Catholic High School.
… The Class 2A District 1/2 sub-regional tournament is Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. at Granite Falls High School. The tourney includes teams from the Cascade Conference along with Lake Washington and Sammamish (both KingCo 3A/2A).
Sites announced by WIAA for upcoming regional wrestling
Regional Wrestling Alignment 2012-14
(Alignments approved by WIAA Executive Board 12/3/2012)
Regionals take place Feb. 14-15, 2014
(4.5) Wesco 11 + Narrows 7 = 18 (Central Kitsap)
(4) Kingco 11 + GSHL 6 = 17 (Inglemoor)
(4.5) SPSL North 9 + SPSL South 9 = 18 (Emerald Ridge)
(3) Big 9 5 + GSL 5 + MCC 4 = 14 (Pasco)
(4) Wesco North 5+ NWC 1 + Metro 11 = 17 (Nathan Hale)
(4) SPSL 6 + Narrows 7 = 13 (Bonney Lake)
(4) GSHL 6 + Kingco 6 = Seamount 3 = 15 (Skyline)
(4) MCC 5 + GSL 5 + Wesco South 6 = 16 (Glacier Peak)
(4) NWC 7 + Cascade 5 + Kingco 2 = 14 (Squalicum)
(4) Seamount 4 + Olympic 8 + GSHL 5 = 17 (Hockinson)
(4) Evergreen 7 + SPSL 8 = 15 (Steilacoom)
(4) CWAC 10 + Gr North 7 = 17 (West Valley, Spokane)
(4) NWC 5 + Evergreen 7 = 12 (Blaine)
(4) TriCo 8 + Nisqaully (Port Townsend) 5 = 13 (Castle Rock)
(4) SCAC East 8 + SCAC West 6 = 14 (Zillah)
(4) Northeast A 7 + Caribou Tr 7 = 14 (Freeman)
(3) W. Wash 10 – Site (Darrington)
(5) E. Wash 16 – Site (Kittitas)
All Classifications — Girls Regional
(4) Region 1 – (Bellingham)
(4) Region 2 – (TBD)
(4) Region 3 – (TBD)
(4) Region 4 – (Wahluke)
… According to www.nwcaonline.com, here are the top teams in wins in the state in dual-meets competition:
University (Spokane) 13-0; Port Angeles 13-2; Woodinville 12-2; North Mason 12-8; Olympic 11-3; East Valley (Spokane) 10-1; Skyline 10-3; Lake Stevens 9-3; North Central (Spokane) 9-4.
… Woodinville senior Ryan Christensen is undefeated at 25-0 heading into sub-regionals this weekend.
… Kentridge won top team honors on Saturday at the 2014 Beserker Tournament at Curtis High School, thanks to four individual champions.
The Chargers edged past Puyallup 204.5 points to 175.5 to claim first place overall.
Derek Freitag (106), Philip Nguyen (120), Zach Siebel (170) and Daniel Vi (285) brought home individual champion trophies for KR.
Locals also winning crowns individually were Lindbergh’s Chad Omonaka (113) and Colton Maddy (126) and Bothell’s Andrew Hanson (132) and Virgil Smith (145) and Puyallup’s Tucker Hanson (160) and Joey Meyer (195) and Federal Way’s Andrzej Hughes-Murray (220).
Spanaway Lake was third in the team race with 114 points, followed by Curtis (109.5), Lake Stevens (107.5) and Lindbergh (107) to round out the top six teams.
… Tahoma blitzed Enumclaw 59-9 in Thursday’s 12th “Battle of the Bone. Here’s a link to my story:
… Issaquah topped Woodinville on Tuesday 37-32 in a battle of unbeatens that decided the KingCo 4A regular-season dual-meet title.
The Eagles finished 10-0 and the Falcons went 9-1.
Issaquah benefited from three pins, a major decision and two forfeit wins.
… Glacier Peak (4-0) finished atop the WesCo 3A South Division, capturing two tests last week.
The Grizzlies bested Shorecrest (0-3) 64-6 on Tuesday and then traveled to Mountlake Terrace (2-2) on Thursday to score a 48-21 decision and wrap up the divisional crown.
… Kamiak (4-1) took top honors in the WesCo 4A South Division, bettering Edmonds-Woodway (3-2) and Lynnwood (3-2). The Knights beat Mariner 42-26 on Tuesday and Edmonds-Woodway 37-28 on Thursday to claim the top spot.
… Lake Stevens (4-0) wrapped up the WesCo 4A North Division with a 41-18 beating of Snohomish (3-1) last Tuesday. Oak Harbor (4-0) won the WesCo 3A North with a 37-35 nail-biting win over division runner-up Everett (3-1) last Tuesday and then beat Marysville Getchell 66-15 on Thursday.
Preseason team & individual rankings
All Classifications page
Preseason All-Class individual rankings
High school page for Washington Wrestling Report
Here are three valuable wrestling resources on the web:
Searchable database for results
Team and individual rankings
When there’s top performance or noteworthy event in high-school wrestling, please feel to send it to email@example.com and to the attention of Matt Massey.