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High School Sports Blog

The latest news and analysis on high-school sports around the Seattle area

December 20, 2014 at 1:03 AM

Prep Wrestling Previews

A look at prep wrestling, with information provided by coaches. Are we missing your team? E-mail us your info: sreyner@seattletimes.com.

Bainbridge Spartans
Coach: Dan Pippinger
Last year’s record: 11-9
Two kids to watch: 138-lb. Jack Miller (Metro champion and 7th in state last year); 160-lb. Liam Topham (Metro champion last season and state participant).

Bellevue Wolverines
Coach: Kyle Patrick Smith
Last year’s record: finished 13th at state last season
Two kids to watch: 152-lb. senior Christian Villani (2-time defending state champion in Class 3A and ranked No. 1 in his weight class to start the year); 220-lb. Alec Palander (fourth place at states and ranked No. 1 in his weight class to start the year).

Bethel
Coach: Mario Ragazzo
Last year’s record: 11-1, first place in league tournament and 15th at state
Two kids to watch: 138-lb. junior Oscar Springsteen (37-6 last year and fourth at states last season); 195-lb. senior Eli Teu Teu (30-10 last year and a state qualifier).

Bishop Blanchet
Coach: Domingo Gomez
Last year’s record: 10-1, second in Metro with five state qualifiers
Two kids to watch: 126/132-lb. senior Jacob O’Donnell; 113/120-lb. freshman Zachariah Gomez.

Cedarcrest Redwolves
Coach: Mark Ward
Last year’s record:
Two kids to watch: 195-lb. senior Elliot Dick (state qualifier last season); 170-lb. senior Bryce McKee (state alternate last year)

Edmonds-Woodway
Coach: Brian Alfi
Last year’s record: Placed 28th at last year’s Class 4A state meet. Move to 3A this season.
Two kids to watch: 113-lb. Sidat Kanyi (13-0 to start the season); 182-lb. Spencer Schultz (10-1 and has gone to regionals twice).

Everett
Coach: Brien Elliott
Last year’s record:
Two kids to watch: 145-lb senior Bryan Sanchez (state qualifier) and 152-lb Christian Bagdadi

Federal Way
Coach: Travis Mango
Last year’s record:
Two kids to watch: 220-lb. junior Andrzej Hughes-Murray (eighth at states last year).

Hazen
Coach: Rory Magana
Last year’s record: 11-4 dual record. Did not place as a team but had Hazen’s first 2 state placers in a decade.
Two kids to watch: 138-lb senior Derek Nichols (2x state participant); 113-lb freshman Tyson Mowrey (state participant as a freshman).

Highline Pirates
Coach: Casey Rice
Last year’s record: N/A
Two kids to watch: 120-lb. senior Zach Edson (8th in state last season); 145-lb. senior Kelvin Herbruger (regional participant last season).

Jackson
Coach: Sherm Iversen
Last year’s record: 6-8 with one state qualifier
Two kids to watch: 120-lb. sophomore Cole Anderson (28-7 last season and a state qualifier at 106 pounds); 152-lb. senior Cole Mellott (regional alternate last season at 152 pounds).

Juanita
Coach: Brent Christine
Last year’s record: 4-3
Two kids to watch: 160/182-lb. junior Mason McDaniel (25-5 last season and finished 8th at states); 152/160-lb. Germain Madden (18-10 last season and a state alternate).

Kamiak Knights
Coach: Bryan Stelling
Last year’s record: 6-6 and 4A WesCo South League Champions. Three state qualifiers last season, with one state alternate returning.
Two kids to watch: 195-lb. senior Michael Powell (state alternate); 285-lb. junior Tanner Kunard (regional participant).

Kentlake Falcons
Coach: Jeremy Williams
Last year’s record: 4-6
Two kids to watch: 152/160-lb. senior Josh Beckler (8th in state last season); 182-lb. senior Zach Harris

Kent-Meridian
Coach: Todd Owens
Last year’s record:
Two kids to watch: 182/195-lb. junior Emmanuel Daigbe (placed second at states last season); 132/138-lb. senior Jahleel Smith (state qualifier last season).

Kentwood
Coach: Ken Sroka
Last year’s record:
Two kids to watch: 138-lb. senior Walker Meyers (26-5 last season, injured before state tournemant); 113-lb. junior Andy Sandhu (34-11 last season and a state participant).

Lake Stevens
Coach: Brent Barnes
Last year’s record: 4A state title winners the last two years
Two kids to watch: 138-lb. Jake Douglas Owen 195-lb.

Liberty Patriots
Coach: Wright Noel
Last year’s record: 4-2 in league
Two kids to watch: 170-lb. junior Connor Small (30-2 last season and placed third in state. Went to High School Nationals and went 4-2, coming within two wins of being an All-American. Has an academic and athletic scholarship to wrestle at Arizona State); 182-lb. senior Romney Noel (20-3 last season and fifth at states).

Lindbergh
Coach: Mike Pine
Last year’s record: 7-0 and Seamount League Champions
Two kids to watch: 120-lb. Chad Omanoka (state participant); 126-lb. Jayden Schwope (state participant).

Mariner
Coach: Carl Wilkins
Last year’s record:
Two kids to watch: 285-lb. senior Daniel Huynh (state qualifier last year); 126/132-lb. Kevin Mach Jr. (regional qualifier last year).

Mercer Island
Coach: Creighton Laughary
Last year’s record: 7-0 in league, 1st in KingCo, 20th in state
Two kids to watch: 113/120-lb. senior Taylan Yuasa (31-9 last year and 6th at state as a 113-pounder. 11-0 this season); 195/220-lb. senior Evan Condon (31-3 last season and third at states at 195 pounds; committed to West Point to play lacrosse this year).

Mount Si
Coach: Tony Schlotfeldt
Last year’s record: N/A
Two kids to watch: 195-lb. Andrew Harris (state participant); 152/160-lb. Justin Edens.

Mount Vernon Bulldogs
Coach: Paul Rademacher
Last year’s record: Finished outside the top 20 at states and had one state placer.
Two kids to watch: 132-lb. Michael Leger (regional qualifier last season); 195-lb. Easton Edwards (state qualifier last season).

Oak Harbor Wildcats
Coach: Peter Esvelt
Last year’s record: 8-1 and 8th at states
Two kids to watch: 138-lb. senior Jeremy Vester (4th at states last year); 160-lb. senior Mark Johnston (state qualifier for third year in a row last season).

Puyallup
Coach: Aaron Lee
Last year’s record: 9th in state and had two state champions and a fourth place finisher
Two kids to watch: 170-lb. senior Tristan Cleek (state qualifier); 138-lb. sophomore Josh Franich.

Renton
Coach: Keith Eager
Last year’s record: 6-2, five state qualifiers and two state placers
Two kids to watch: 152-lb. Volodimit Kalinin (34-5 last year and fourth place in Class 2A state tournament); 106-lb. Kendrick Untalan (33-5 last season and a top-12 finisher at states).

Sammamish Totems
Coach: Joel Reese
Last year’s record: 2-11
Two kids to watch: 160-lb. sophomore Will Switzer; 132-lb. sophomore Tristan Stayner.

Shorecrest
Coach: Evan Burns
Last year’s record: N/A
Two kids to watch: 145/152-lb. senior Kely McCaffery; 132/138-lb. junior Luke Lotawa.

Shorewood Thunderbirds
Coach: Derek Norton
Last year’s record: 4-7 and third place at WesCo championships
Two kids to watch: 138-lb. Erik Harris-Uldall (state alternate last season); 145-lb. Braden Kalloway (state alternate last season)

Skyline
Coach: Gus Kiss
Last year’s record: 7-3 in KingCo dual meets; finished third in the KingCo tournament
Two kids to watch: 166-lb. Nate Swanson (state qualifier last season. Currently 7-0 with seven pins); 106/113-lb. Zach Froeber (state qualifier last season. Currently 5-4).

Snohomish
Coach: Kevin Judkins
Last year’s record:
Two kids to watch: 195-lb. senior Peder Morrill; 220-lb. senior Alex Fairhurst (seventh at states last season).

Tahoma Bears
Coach: Chris Feist
Last year’s record: 2014 SPSL North Champs, Regional Champs, 5th in state
Two kids to watch: 120-lb Nick Whitehead ( 5th in state last year); 126-lb Justin Sipilia (6th in state last year).

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