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February 19, 2015 at 7:41 PM

State wrestling: 5 wrestlers to watch

Izaec Quintanilla, North Central (Spokane), Sr. – The University of Wisconsin commit and possibly the best wrestler in the state, looks to cap a perfect season and take home a third state title in a row, bringing a 36-0 record into state. Quintanilla won 160 in 2014 and 152 in 2013 and owns 150-11 career mark.

Fred Green, Orting, Sr. – The Boise State University signee looks to join 12 others on the list of four-time state champions in Washington state this weekend. The Cardinals’ standout sports a 42-3 record this season and is 153-11 for his career with three titles already in the bag at 126 in 2A in 2014, 113 in 2A in 2013 and 106 in 1A in 2012.

Christian Villani, Bellevue, Sr. – If not for missing weight at regionals as a freshman, the Wolverines’ star 152-pounder could be going for rare four-time state champion status in 3A. With two titles in the bag at 132 in 2013 and 145 in 2014, he goes for three in a row this weekend.

Michael Soler, Lake Stevens, Jr. – The Vikings two-time state champion attempts to keep hope alive for joining elite four-time champion company as a senior next season. Soler won 113 in 4A in 2014 and 106 in 4A in 2013. He’s 38-5 this season.

Emmanuel Daigbe, Kent-Meridian, Jr. – The Royals’ 182-pound strong man, who is an All-SPSL wide receiver, is unbeaten at 31-0 with ? pins and brings a ton of momentum into state. Daigbe pinned Union senior Alex Berfanger in 4 minutes, 18 seconds for a regional title on Saturday after losing to Berfanger 11-5 in the 170-pound title match last season. “He’s on fire right now,” K-M coach Todd Owens said. Daigbe is 28-0 so far with 18 pins.

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