“Weighing In”: This is the seventh installment of the 2014-2015 high-school wrestling blog. A look at Enumclaw’s bid for another 3A state title, marquee matchups, top targets, big performances and links to individual and team rankings.
Hornets top-end talent could be difference in 3A title bid
There’s a lot of talent on Enumclaw’s wrestling roster, warranting the Hornets’ top state ranking in Class 3A.
Seven of Enumclaw’s wrestlers checked in at No. 9 or higher in their weight class on the most recent rankings, posted by the Washington Wrestling Report last Sunday. Of those seven, three wrestlers were either first or second at their weight.
Freshman Quinton Southcott (120) and senior Hunter Haney (126) top the list in their weight classes. Another freshman, Kioni Gill checks in at No. 2 in the 182-pound division.
“This year we have some top kids at their weights and that’s what will make us a better tournament team this year,” said Enumclaw head coach Adam Eilers. “We’ve always had good dual [meet] teams, but this year we’re more of a tournament-type team.
“Last year was kind of a rebuilding year, but we still had high hopes.”
The Hornets took 10th at the state meet in Class 3A last season and are building off that success. The school has won four state titles in wrestling, the most recent in 2012.
Being ranked No. 1 doesn’t mean anything yet, said Eilers. He will find out how good the Hornets are at this years state meet, which takes place on Feb. 21-22 at the Tacoma Dome.
“I hear from the kids about [rankings] and check on it every once in a while, and it’s flattering to the team and to the kids,” he said.
“It’s great that people in the wrestling community see us as a tough team. We’ve really progressed in the mat room since the season started, I know that.”
In addition to Southcott (24-4), Haney (22-3) and Gill (18-3), the Hornets have two state-title contenders at 113 in senior Levi Norton and junior Kyle Opland. Southcott plans on wrestling at 120 in the postseason after competing at 126 much of the season.
That talent, some of the best in the state, could be the difference for Enumclaw this season.
Marquee matches upcoming
… Tahoma and Kentwood both put undefeated 3-0 records on the line in match that likely will be for the SPSL Northeast Division title on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. The match will be on the Conquerors’ home mats.
… Highline (5-0) hosts Renton (4-0) for the Seamount League lead on Thursday at 7 p.m.
… Lake Stevens is 5-0 atop the WesCo 4A standings with more regular-season matches remaining.
… Edmonds-Woodway lead the WesCo 3A South standings with two duals left on the schedule.
… Decatur went 40-16, scored 243 points and came out on top at the 2015 Marysville-Pilchuck Premier tournament on Saturday, Jan. 17. The host Tomahawks took second with 170 points.
Of the champion Gators’ seven finalists, four brought home individual titles. Winning crowns were Fernando Cambray (106), Moses Griffen (113), Leviticus Arizpe (132) and Isaiah Diggs (152).
… Curtis won the 2015 Willie C. Stewart Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 17, outdistancing Kent-Meridian 204-153 at Foss High School in Tacoma. Gerardo Suarez (120), Jahleel Smith (138), Matt Mata Moles (145), Emmanuel Daigbe (195) and Tanner Torr (285) won titles for K-M.
Bellevue’s defending state champion Christian Villani won the 152-pound crown at tournament.
… Moses Lake won the 38th Central Kitsap Matman Classic on Saturday, Jan. 17 by putting up 202.5 points. Pasco was second with 161 points and Tahoma took third with 144.
Justin Sipila won the 16-pound title for the Bears, beating Pasco’s Patrick Torres 4-2 in the final.
… Peninsula won the 2015 King of the Mountain tournament on Saturday, Jan. 17, beating Everett 166-155. Host Auburn Mountainview was third with 152 points, Kentridge took fourth with 132.5 points and Lake Stevens was fifth with 125.5 points.
… Led by three individual champions, Edmonds-Woodway won the 2015 Shoreline Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 10. The Warriors piled up 195 points to runner-up O’Dea (130).
… Led by a trio of titlists, Stanwood won the 2015 Bremerton Brawl with 151 points on Saturday, Jan. 10. Columbia River was second with 135.5.
… Wilson captured the 2015 Rumble by the River with 203.5 points and host Auburn Riverside took second with 192 points on Saturday, Jan. 10.
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