Five girls, four finalists, three champions.
That’s how the Kelso girls wrestling team’s day went at Class 3A Regional Tournament Saturday in Hoquiam. Not a bad lead-in for a team hoping to make some noise at next weekend’s Mat Classic.
“It was a pretty good percentage,” Kelso girls wrestling coach Tyson Lindeman said. “I’m really happy with how we did.”
Defending state champion Mariah Horton did what was expected at 130 pounds, winning the final 7-2, while Mariah Roggow (112) and Yulia Dzhumaniyazov (118) flashed some state-title contender chops in rolling to their own individual titles.
The latter had only one point scored against her all postseason — five pins and one tech fall in six matches.
“She’s wrestling really well right now,” Lindeman said.
Mirielle Powers reach the final at 100, but lost 11-1 to Central Kitsap’s Alison Johnson.
“Powers had a tough match in the finals but did a good job all day,” Lindeman said. “Going into next weekend’s state tournament, we wrestled pretty well today, all in all.
“I’m really happy with how the girls did as a team.”
Hannah Randall of Winlock took second at 137 pounds, while Kalama’s Dakota Moon will also be moving on after placing fourth at 170.
Chinook teammates Emily Posey (112 pounds) and Sam Zamudio (137) both finished fifth.
Hilanders send six to state: Tyler Wicken claimed the 132-pound bracket to lead a group of six Hilanders who qualified for the Mat Classic at Saturday’s Class 2A Regional in Sammamish.
Wicken scored three falls en route to the regional crown, appearing to be in peak form as he looks to improve on last year’s runner-up finish.
Josh Helling also reached the final at 106 pounds, as the Hilanders finished second out of 15 schools with 151.5 points to Mountain View’s 204.5.
“It was just a mixed day,” Kelso coach Bob Freund said. “We had some guys who competed well and did what they had to do and we had some guys who were on the flat side today.
“We got some guys who definitely want to get on the podium this week. Hopefully they can settle in and open up and wrestle to their ability. I think we can place a lot of those guys.”
Among the other Hilanders to qualify for state were Ruslan Dzhumaniyazov (fourth, 113), Kairon Payton (third, 120), Lloyd Melone (fourth, 160) and Garrett Fix (fourth, 285).
Four others finished fifth as alternates — Seth Owen (fifth, 113), Abundio Victoriano (fifth, 120), Tyler Workman (fifth, 126) and Jordan Scribner (fifth, 138).
“We were very flat the first round of the tournament and we kind of sustained some losses where we had some guys who faced each other in the back door to knock each other out. That obviously had a huge effect,” Freund said.
“I thought we would get a few more out... We wrestle this tournament tomorrow and it’s a whole different situation for some kids, but today is what counted.”
Sophomore Yates leads 4 RAL qualifiers: Orion Yates picked a good time to find his form.
Days after claiming a subregional title, the R.A. Long sophomore scored a pair of falls and a 6-3 decision to win the 113-pound bracket at the Class 2A Regional in Hockinson, leading a group of four Lumberjacks state qualifiers.
“I’m pleased, very pleased,” RAL coach Darin Dollemore said. “He’s just really been coming on and had a great tournament.”
Dustin Nading also reached the finals for RAL at 145, but lost for the second time in four days to Washougal’s Tanner Baldwin in the final, 4-2, to take second.
Austin Stone was third at 138 and McKenna Yates fourth at 160.
“Our kids just competed pretty well,” said Dollemore, whose team had three state alternates in Andres Smiley (152), Will Teigen (182) and Devlin Nipper (220).
“Of course, I would have liked to have had a few more guys, but it’s an improvement over last year (when RAL sent one grappler) and these guys are not ready to stop battling.”
Mark Morris had just one lone qualifier in Jordan Stello, who finished third at 126 after losing to eventual champion Ozzy Swagerty of Port Angeles in the semifinals.
“That was pretty much the finals right there,” MM coach Brian Roden said. “He wrestled tough. Ozzy is a tough kid.”
Hyrum Robinson (113), Andrew Langlois (132) and Joe Leal (195) all finished one spot short of qualifying for state.
“We just had some really tough matches,” Roden said. “They were really close and just didn’t swing our way, but I was proud of the kids for sticking in there and grinding it out.”
Three Mules, Winlock's Raupp win regional crowns: Luke Stacey, Alex Johnson and Mason Mackey all came way with individual titles from the Class 2B Regional Tournament in Darrington on Saturday.
Stacey claimed the 126-pound bracket with a pin in the finals, Johnson ripped off three straight pins en route to the 138 crown and Mackey had a pair of pins and a tech fall in his 145 title run. Kody Vik also took third in the 152 bracket as Wahkiakum's fourth state qualifier.
Winlock's Tony Raupp won the 132 title with a pair of pins, the last coming in the second round against Tacoma Baptist's David Stone.