The Mat Classic starts Friday at the Tacoma Dome. Here are some wrestlers we think you should keep an eye on.More
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“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.”More
“A lot of seniors kind of get freaked out, and say, ‘This is my last wrestling season and this is the last time I’ll ever wrestle,'” Small said. “Having this safety net is real confidence-booster, because no matter how my senior season ends, I still get to go be part of the best program in the nation.”More
“His Dad has the same growth pattern as a kid, and so did his brother,” Arlington coach Rick Iversen said. “His growth was a combination of gaining strength and growing about three inches. He put on a lot of strength.
“We expect him to win [state]. I always temper that by saying there are three great kids in the state at his weight. Last year, we knew he was in it to win it.”More
“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.”More
The Hornets took 10th at 3A state last season. The school has won four state titles in the wrestling, scoring back-to-back crowns on two occasions in 2008 and 2009 and 2011 and 2012.
Being ranked No. 1 doesn’t meaning anything yet, Eilers understands. He will find out how good the Hornets are at state on Feb. 21-22 in the Tacoma Dome.More
“I’ve always wanted to finish first at state, and that’s been my goal since my freshman year,” said McDaniel, who is off to a 19-3 start this season at both 160 and 170 pounds with wins over a pair of defending state champions. “It hasn’t worked out in the last couple years. It was disappointing to finish eighth last year, and it motivated me.
“I don’t want to feel that way again at the end of this year. It made me work harder.”More
“My goal is to win a state title, but also want to do well in the offseason after [school season],” said the 5-foot-2 Freitag, who took third at state in Greco Roman and fourth at state in freestyle at 113 last offseason. “I love wrestling and the people in it. I love the fact that it make me a harder worker.
“Wrestling carries over into my other work. I am used to working hard, and I enjoy it now.”More
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.More
“I think he’s definitely looking forward to [a rematch],” Owens said. “Emmanuel is mostly an off-season football guy, but he did spend some time with us offseason working out.”More