“Weighing In”: This is the eighth installment of the 2014-2015 high-school wrestling blog. A look at Foster senior Cale Woyvodich, marquee matchups, top targets, big performances and links to individual and team rankings.
Foster wrestler overcomes life-threatening spleen injury for senior season
Cale Woyvodich pumped his fist, knowing he had just clinched his third consecutive trip to state. Momentary euphoria quickly turned to panic and concern.
Within minutes, Woyvodich doubled over in pain, began to convulse and fell the floor. That was last February in the semifinals of the regional tournament at Hockinson High School in Brush Prairie, Wash.
Woyvodich, then a junior at Seattle Christian School wrestling for the Foster High School program at 120 pounds, quickly went from bliss to the lowest of lows. Ultimately, Woyvodich thought his wrestling career was over, and his parents Ed and Terry, were concerned for their son’s life.
Cale Woyvodich didn’t know what he was feeling at the time, but later it was discovered he was bleeding internally with a Grade 4 laceration of his spleen.
“My stomach was not feeling too good at the time,” said Wyvodich, who landed on his opponent’s fist during his regional semifinal win 4-2 in overtime against Port Angeles’ Brady Anderson. “At first, I thought it was a cramp, but then I told my Dad [Ed Woyvodich), ‘I don’t think this is a cramp.’”
Woyvodich, now a senior, was cleared to return to wrestling in October and despite a concussion and back injury this winter is 15-2 at 120. But it was a long road back and doctors feared the worst when he was transported from a Vancouver, Wash., hospital last February.
“They thought they were starting lose him when he was bleeding internally,” Ed Woyvoich said. “It’s nothing short of a miracle that he’s alive, not to mention wrestling again.”
Things got worse for Woyvodich during an ambulance ride from a Vancouver, Wash., area hospital to the trauma center of a Portland, Ore., hospital.
“I got super cold all over and I think I passed out,” recalled Cale Woyvodich, who is ranked No. 1 at 120 pounds in Class 2A by www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net. “They gave me two bags for a blood transfusion. I just remember we started to rush [to Portland] and were going about 110 miles per hour.”
Cale Woyvodich, who forfeited the regional final at 120, spent almost a week in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Portland. He was released on Friday, Feb. 21, the first day of the 2014 state tournament.
“It is pretty amazing,” Ed Woyvodich said. “We were all devastated for him last year. His heart was as broken as his body, and he missed his chance for the state title by the narrowest of margins. He’s a pretty tenacious young man.”
Cale Woyvodich went 23-3 and took fourth at 106 in Class 2A state as a freshman. He was 32-4 and fourth again at 113 in 2A as a sophomore. He finished 31-2 as a junior before the spleen injury halted his season prior to state.
After Cale’s third CT scan revealed his spleen was healed, he was cleared to run cross country for Seattle Christian this fall. In October, wrestling was introduced again.
“I honestly thought [the wrestling career] was over,” said Cale Woyvodich, who owns a 3.98 cumulative GPA at Seattle Christian. “It just made me realize that all the hard work I’ve put in could be gone in a second. This just taught me to cherish every moment. I just thank God for giving me another match.”
Cale Woyvodich almost didn’t finish his regional semifinal match last season against Anderson.
“[Anderson] reversed me to make it 2-2, and then with 30 seconds left, I hit a standup and was almost out and then he picked me up and returned me to the mat,” Cale Woyvodich said. “The way we landed, his knuckles were kind of angled underneath my left rib cage. And, when we hit, I felt this immense pain in my left shoulder.
“I called an injury timeout, because I thought something was messed up in my shoulder. The trainer came out and I passed all my range-of-motion tests and went back out.”
Cale Woyvodich went on to win the match with a takedown in overtime.
After gutting out the win, pain overcame him.
“It was definitely a freak accident,” he said. “The doctors said that if his knuckles had been a centimeter or two angled differently, then nothing would’ve happened. It was like all the hard work I put in was just gone like that.
“The doctors didn’t sound too optimistic. I couldn’t have any activity for six months. I was angry and sad. Everything was irrelevant for a while. I’m using this as motivation now.”
Marquee matches upcoming
… It’s a big week for Everett, tied atop WesCo 3A with Marysville-Pilchuck at 2-0, with Tuesday’s match at M-P at 7 p.m. and then closing out league action at home against Stanwood on Thursday at 7 p.m.
… Most subregional tournaments will take place Feb. 6-7 and most regionals are set for Feb. 13-14.
.. The SPSL 3A subregional tournament is slated for Feb. 6-7 at Auburn High School. The SPSL 3A regional event will be Feb. 14 at Bonney Lake High School.
… The SPSL 4A subregional tourney is scheduled for Feb. 6 at 4 p.m., and Feb. 7 at 10 a.m., both days at Kent-Meridian High School.
… The WesCo 4A subregional will begin at 4 p.m. on Feb. 6 and conclude at 10 a.m. on Feb. 7 at Cavelero Mid High School in Lake Stevens. The WesCo 4A regional event is tabbed for Saturday, Feb. 14 at Snohomish High School, beginning at 10 a.m.
… The WesCo 3A North Division competes at subregionals on Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. and on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at Stanwood High School. Regionals take place on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
… The WesCo 3A South Division takes the mats for subregionals on Feb. 6 at 4 p.m. and at 10 a.m. on Feb. 7 at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Regionals take place on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
… The WesCo 2A/Cascade Conference subregional commences on Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. at Granite Falls High School. Regionals for these teams is scheduled for Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at Sedro-Woolley High School.
… Teams from the Seamount League will compete in the girls subregional tournament on Feb. 7 at Decatur High School and the 2A boys will convene on Feb. 7 at 9 a.m. at Highline High School. Another girls subregional round takes place on Feb. 11 at Decatur High School and then regionals is set for Feb. 14 at Yelm High School.
… Teams from the Metro League convene at Eastside Catholic High School on Feb. 6 at 2 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. for subregionals. Then, regionals for Metro teams takes place on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m. at Bainbridge High School.
… KingCo 4A teams compete at subregionals Feb. 6 at 3:30 p.m. and Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. at Issaquah High Schools. Regionals is scheduled for Feb. 14 at a site to be determined.
… KingCo 3A schools travel to Bellevue High School for subregionals on Feb. 6 and Feb. 7 at 10 a.m. and again at Bellevue for regionals on Feb. 14 at 10 a.m.
… The state tournament is set for Feb. 20-21 at the Tacoma Dome with action starting at 10 a.m. each day.
… Inglemoor improved to 7-0 atop the KingCo 4A Conference after beating Bothell 49-29 on Thursday. The Vikings close out regular-season action on Saturday, Jan. 31 at Woodinville. Bothell is second at 5-2.
… Tahoma took control of the SPSL Northeast Division standings at 4-0 with a 41-22 victory over Kentwood (3-1) on Wednesday. The Bears finish the regular season at home against Mount Rainier on Wednesday, Jan. 28 at 7:30 p.m.
… Decatur moved to 4-0 in the SPSL Northwest Division with a 61-9 triumph over rival Jefferson on Wednesday. The Gators can wrap up the Northwest title with a win at Kent-Meridian on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m.
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