“Weighing In”: This is the 11th installment of the 2014-2015 high-school wrestling blog. A look at Meadowdale’s Tim Smith, regional recap, marquee matchups, top targets, big performances and links to individual and team rankings.
Smith’s improvement has him eyeing 220-pound state title
There’s no doubt Meadowdale High School 220-pounder Tim Smith came back as ready as can be for his senior season.
And, it’s shown all season in 2014-15.
This weekend at the Class 3A state tournament is time for the payoff after Smith put in heavy work during the offseason.
Smith, who won his first match at state at 220 last season and then ended his junior season with two losses, is fit and fine-tuned for a state-title run on Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome. Smith got a taste of state for the first time last season and his coach Brian Boardman knows Smith is looking for a better finish by being better prepared.
“He was a good wrestler last year, but this year, he’s a great wrestler,” Boardman said of Smith, who hopes to join older brother, Morgan, as a state champion. “He’s gotten better with his body position and his work ethic. He put in the prep work in the offseason.
“It’s been a fun year to watch him grow and change.”
Smith carries a 34-3 record with 17 pins into Friday’s first-round match at about 1:20 p.m. against sophomore Will Willsey, one of two wrestlers at 220 for Lincoln of Tacoma. Two of Smith’s losses this season were to state-ranked heavyweights and the other came at the vaunted Tri-State Invitational.
Tim’s brother, Morgan Smith, won the 160-pound weight class at Class 3A state in 2013.
Tim Smith is ranked No. 2 in 3A by www.washingtonwrestlingreport.net and is grouped on the same side of the bracket as top-ranked 220-pounder BJ Hawthorne (26-0) of Lincoln. That means Smith could be facing his most formidable foe in the semifinals if both wrestler get there.
“I think Tim is confident going against Hawthorne [who was fifth at 182 in 3A last season],” Boardman said. “I think with those two, it would make a good final. Those are two very good wrestlers, and one’s not going to make the finals.”
Smith, who played offensive guard and defensive end for the Mavericks’ state-qualifying football team in the fall, dominated three matches by a combined 14-0 for the Class 3A Region I title at 220 pounds on Saturday.
“He took to heart knowing that preparation in the offseason wins you championships,” said Boardman, who said Tim might join his brother at Simon Fraser University next fall. “Like his brother did years ago, he ended up constantly working. He lifted weights constantly and was doing freestyle. He’s met up with people who were pretty good that are out of the sport now.
“He’s just gone anywhere and everywhere trying to make sure he’s trying to become as good as he can be. He’s been a workaholic.”
Boardman said Smith hasn’t had an opponent take him down with a shot this season.
“That is quite remarkable,” he said. “He’s very fit. There’s a night-and-day difference for him this season.”
Class 3A Region III leftovers (from coverage on Saturday, Feb. 14)
“Our region is extremely tough and our kids really showed up today,” Enumclaw coach Adam Eilers said after eight of his nine wrestlers advanced to state after winning the Class 3A Region III title. “We’re coming into our own at the right time of the season. None of us gave up. We couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Enumclaw’s Quinton Southcott earned a 2-1 decision in the 120-pound final over Auburn’s Drew Aplin to reverse a loss from last weekend’s subregional final. Enumclaw’s Kyle Opland scored a 7-0 decision in the 113 final against Carson Corbaley of Bonney Lake.
Auburn got a surprise regional crown from senior Sam Lindsey at 182 pounds. Lindsey was 0-3 coming in against two of his chief rivals – Enumclaw’s Kione Gill (0-2) and Peninusula’s Luke Holsinger at 182 this season.
Lindsey (33-7) beat Holsinger 2-0 in the regional semifinals and then outlasted Gill 7-6 in the final. The Trojans’ wrestler went ahead 5-4 with an escape with 45 seconds left and then he scored a takedown with 23 seconds to go for a 7-4 lead and withstood a late reverse.
Auburn’s Jacob Apodaca, who was the second Trojan wrestler to battle through a left elbow injury, won the 285 final 3-2 over Central Kitsap’s Dominick Johnson.
The top four individuals from each weight class advance to the state tournament on Friday and Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.
Bonney Lake teammates squaring off again – For the second week in a row, Avery Meyer faced Bonney Lake teammate Zach Koeller in the finals at 145 pounds. For the second week in a row, Meyer came out on top, this time 7-2 for a regional crown. “We help each other get better,” Meyer said. “He’s like a brother.”
Dream shattered – Talented Auburn freshman Cole Washburn (29-9) had his goal of state taken away with a disqualification in the consolation semifinals and state berth on the line at 160. Washburn slammed Bonney Lake’s Keegan Dorsey to the mat for the DQ and Dorsey was ruled to have concussion-type symptoms. Washburn ended up in fifth place and a state alternate. “He just didn’t bring [Dorsey] to the mat under control,” Auburn coach Dennis Herren said. “We’re happy with the success Cole had as a freshman. I don’t have any hard feelings toward the ref. I thought he was right that [Cole] brought him down with too much force. I’m just glad the Bonney Lake kid was OK.”
One of two Lincoln unbeaten survive – Lincoln’s BJ Hawthorne (26-0), ranked No. 1 all season at 220 pounds in 3A, turned back Auburn’s Mario Luevano (25-6) with hard-fought 4-2 decision in the 220 final. Luevano injured his left elbow when taken down at the end of the first round. “I noticed he was going for my left elbow after that, so I just tried to protect it for state,” Luevano said. Hawthorne’s teammate Jeremy Lukosh (26-1) wasn’t so fortunate, falling 11-4 to Peninsula’s Chance Stolz 11-4 in the 195 final.
What they’re saying — Enumclaw coach Adam Eilers: “These kids they feed off each other. We started the day with eight pins in a row as a team.”
Marquee matches upcoming
… The state tournament is set for Friday and Saturday at the Tacoma Dome with action starting at 10 a.m. each day. All boys classifications – 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A and 1B/2B – and girls will be under the same roof for two days for Mat Classic XXVII.
Link to state brackets:
… Bonney Lake’s Brandon Kaylor (106) brings a 37-2 record into state.
… Here a links to the weekend coverage of regionals:
Class 4A Region I
Class 3A Region III
High school results page (last weekend’s regionals near top of page)
2014-15 team & individual rankings
All Classifications page
High school page
Here are three valuable wrestling resources on the web:
Track wrestling link
Searchable database for results
Team and individual rankings, results
WIAA wrestling page
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