“Weighing In”: This is the fourth installment of the 2014-2015 high-school wrestling blog. A look at TJ’s Jasmine Pleasants pursuit of another fabulous season, marquee matchups, top targets, big performances and links to individual and team rankings.
With one down, Pleasants shoots for four state titles in a row
As a little girl, thoughts of winning a state title were embedded into Jasmine Pleasants mind.
“I had a coach who would go buy me [state championship] T-shirts, and he would tell me, ‘That’s going to be you some day,’” said Pleasants, a sophomore wrestling out of Thomas Jefferson High.
But the question these days isn’t when she’ll win one — she did that last season as a 112-pounder — but how many more she can add to her resume.
Her coach Harvey Cole sees lots of success on the horizon.
“I think the only thing that stands in her way is herself,” said Cole, the Raiders’ third-year head coach. “She can take it to them every time. I know that she can do it [win four state titles], 100 percent. She’s just got to keep her head in there and stay motivated.
“She’s got the heart and the drive, and we’ll be here to back her up and help her follow that dream.”
Pleasants, who is 10-1 as a 125-pounder this season, figures to drop down to the 120-pound weight class for the postseason.
But she’ll have to manage her time well if she wants to go far at states again. This winter, her time is booked full with school, wrestling and soccer.
“My goal is to win [state] all four years, but I have to take it one year at a time,” said Pleasants, who outlasted another freshman, Puyallup’s Brooklyn Bartelson 2-1 in last year’s 112 state final. “It’s always been a dream of mine to win a state title when I was little when I’d go watch the older girls.
Many days, Pleasants wakes up at 6:30 a.m. and stays up until midnight doing homework. Her afternoons and evenings are filled with wrestling and soccer practice.
“It gets crazy sometimes,” she said. “I have to choose between soccer and wrestling sometimes. When it’s wrestling season, I choose wrestling, because I think I have a better chance of making it further in wrestling.
“But soccer keeps me in shape.”
The 15-year-old Pleasants, who started wrestling at age 5, beat Brooklyn Bartelson 5-1 in the 125 finals at the Hammerhead Invitational on Dec. 20. Her only loss this season was a 3-2 decision three weeks ago to Brooklyn Bartelson’s sister, Jordyn, the defending state champion at 118 and a two-time state champ.
Pleasants went 33-2 last season against girls and was 2-1 against the boys.
“She’s just this sweet, pretty girl, who no one thinks is going to pound on people,” Cole said. “Once she gets on the mat, she’s different. Last year, we had her in our varsity boys’ lineup, and she was pounding on boys and she was out there cross-facing, arm-barring and sticking people.
“As soon as she hits that mat, it’s a totally different mentality for her.”
Marquee matches upcoming
… Dominant Washington teams – Snohomish and Mountain View of Vancouver — will travel to Portland, Ore., for the Northwest Duals finishing Tuesday at Westview High School.
… Everett hosts the Everett Classic on Saturday, Jan. 3, starting at 9 a.m.
… In a key WesCo 4A dual match, Lake Stevens hosts Snohomish on Wednesday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.
… The 13th annual Battle of Bone takes place on Thursday, Jan. 8 as Enumclaw hosts Tahoma in the showdown of perennial state wrestling powers at 7 p.m.
… Auburn hosts the All-SPSL Tournament on Jan. 2-3 as the best teams in 4A, 3A and 2A converge on the Trojans gymnasium.
… Tahoma leads the SPSL Northeast Division at 2-0, just ahead of Kentwood (1-0).
… Renton and Highline are tied atop the Seamount League standings at 3-0.
… Mariner compiled a record of 20-6 in individual matches to claim the 2014 Lynnwood Invitational on Saturday. The Marauders put up a winning point total of 132 to 115.5 for Bothell and 112 from host Lynnwood in the team race.
… Kentwood narrowly captured the team title in the 2014 Eisenhower Mat Classic on Saturday, Dec. 20. The Conquerors, who had four individual titlists, finished with 197.5 points to edge Toppenish’s total of 194.5 in the 16-team event.
The Conks got titles from Andy Sandhu (113), Walker Meyers (138), Haroldo Prada (170) and Austin Duncan (285).
… Sultan won the 2014 Lindbergh Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 20, outdistancing host Lindbergh 213-134.5.
… Auburn Mountainview took the top spot in the Best of the West tournament on Saturday, Dec. 20 at Pasco High School. The Lions edged host Pasco 148-141.
… The Decatur girls team took third place in the 2014 Lady Wildcat Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 20 at LaCenter High School.
2014-15 preseason team & individual rankings
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