Saturday’s Wrestling Roundup: Bearcats, Tigers Dominate at Sub-Regionals
Bearcats, Tigers Dominate at Sub-Regionals
The Evergreen 2A Conference sub-regional wrestling tournament was held in the Hub City and had a distinctly Twin Cities feel on Saturday.
Nine of the 14 weight classes had a finalist from either W.F. West or Centralia, with the Bearcats and Tigers accounting for seven bracket champions and a total of 12 finalists.
W.F. West took the team title with 396.5 points, and Centralia was third with 275.5 points.
“It’s just nice to get another league title,” Bearcat coach Jamie Rakevich said. “I thought our kids wrestled really well to go ahead and win that tournament.”
W.F. West’s Roehre Cunningham, Mason Marones and Carver Brennan and Centralia’s Izz Almontes, Aaron Adamo, Tristan Dickey and Eddie Matias all won league championships.
The two finalists in each weight bracket automatically qualified for the Region 1 Tournament next weekend in Tumwater, while the third- and fourth-place finishers in each bracket will wrestle pigtail matches against the third- and fourth-placers from the Greater St. Helens 2A League with the winners entering regionals.
Cunningham defeated Centralia’s Juan Gaspar with a 16-0 technical fall in the 106 finals, while Marones edged Centralia’s Mykka McAllister, 4-2, in the 132 finals.
“Mason beating McAllister was huge, considering McAllister’s so tough,” Rakevich said. “He wrestled a really good match.”
Brennan won at 152, beating Tumwater’s Kane Palmer, 9-4, in the finals for the Bearcats’ third win.
W.F. West’s Levi Walters lost to Aberdeen’s Edgar Salazar, 4-3, in the 120 finals, and Ka’imi Henry lost 12-10 to Black Hills’ Julian Kennedy in the 160 finals.
“Overall, our kids wrestled really well,” Rakevich said. “It was a pretty good day overall. I was proud of how the kids competed. I thought we went out and fought pretty hard.”
Matias won at 113 for the Tigers, topping W.F. West’s Caleb Walters, 11-7, in the finals. Dickey was a winner at 170, pinning Black Hills’ Patrick Alvarado in the first round.
Adamo won the 195 bracket, beating Tumwater’s Trace Spath 10-4 in the championship match, and Almontes won at 220, beating Tumwater’s Caden Hicks in sudden victory overtime.
“Our wrestlers competed very well. We had a couple solid practices and seem to have gotten back on track,” Centralia coach Scott Phillips said. “We won several matches that we had got beat in earlier in the season.”
Rochester’s Riley Cohron lost, 5-3, to Aberdeen’s Tyler Souphommanichanh in the 126 finals, while Jayden Lancaster finished second at 145 for the Warriors, falling to Tumwater’s Austin St. Louis in a third-round pin in the finals.
Rochester’s Dailin Schlecht (fourth, 120) and Jakxen Wherry (fourth, 160) also advanced.
“Riley wrestled outstanding,” Rochester coach Jason Dick said. “He made the finals against a very good kid, and ended up wrestling him to a 5-3 match, so he’s peaking at the right time.”
Centralia’s Jacob Reyna (third, 106), Porter Harris (fourth, 113), Dayvi Gaspar (third, 120), Austin Lake (third, 145) and Caleb Hylton (third, 170) all advanced to the regionals.
W.F. West’s Darren Gray (fourth, 106), Zac Evans (third, 126), Aaron Zylstra (fourth, 132), Kyle Gray (fourth, 138), Bryce Laufenberg (fourth, 145), Austin Pierson (fourth, 152), Jack Mallonee (third, 182), Isaac Reavis (third, 195), Chris Powe (fourth, 195) and Chase Conway (285, fourth) all survived to wrestle pigtail matches in Tumwater.
Pirates Earn Six Championships
Six Adna wrestlers won their bracket on Saturday at the District 4 2B sub-regional tournament at the Northwest Sports Hub.
Those six wrestlers won in order, giving Adna consecutive champions from 138 pounds to 182.
“We had an awesome day on Saturday,” Adna coach Craig Ferrier said. “That was a lot of fun to see.”
Those six wins helped the Pirates to a District 4 championship, which Ferrier said was a surprise given Adna’s number of wrestlers compared with other teams.
“We had talked in practice that every win matters, and they definitely took that to heart,” he said.
Aaron Slape won at 138 for Adna, beating Ilwaco’s Allen Chetwood with a 9-4 decision in the finals.
Luke Wellander won at 145, picking up an 8-5 decision over Rainier’s Brody Klein in the finals in what Ferrier called the best match of the day.
“He beat a kid from Rainier that had beat him earlier in the season,” Ferrier said. “Luke came out ready to win and really wrestled well.”
Braxton Dowell was first at 152, beating Raymond’s Jack Jordan in the finals, 6-2, and Matthew Slape won at 160 with a 10-4 decision against Kalama’s Colby Hutchinson.
Ashton Dowell (170) beat Napavine’s Aydan Costin in the finals, 6-1, and Kameron Perry (182) rounded things out for the Pirates with a 14-2 major decision win over Rainier’s David Hoover.
Lucas Ashley added a third-place finish for the Pirates at 145.
Winlock’s Josh Cureton (106) and Colby Cooke (120) each took second to advance, while Cody Deguise (132) was third.
The qualifying wrestlers will compete on Saturday at the Region 1 Tournament in Kalama.
Centralia Girls Second at Sub-Regionals
Seven of Centralia’s eight wrestlers earned a spot on the podium in the girls North sub-regional tournament Saturday.
The Tigers finished second as a team, behind only Aberdeen. The top four wrestlers in each weight class move on to Saturday’s regional tournament, with the fifth-place wrestler earning an alternate spot.
Olivia Delaney won the 105-pound bracket with three straight pins. Taryn Salazar (100) won 18-1 in the semifinals and finished second; Faith Halseth (125) took second; and freshman Jakayla Shipe dropped from 190 down to 170, where she finished second.
Ali Silva (120) took third, Kupria Lapierre (135) took fifth and Mariah Taylor (125) was sixth.
“I’m very pleased with mental and physical toughness the girls are showing. We lost four girls to season-ending injuries this year, but the remaining girls are really starting to believe in themselves,” Centralia coach Mark Holmberg said. “I think we are peaking at the right time.”
Adna’s Cheyeann Meyer was a winner at 125, winning with a first-round pin in the finals.
Napavine’s Kaitlyn Bornstein won the 140 bracket, winning by major decision in the semifinals and with a first-round pin in the final. Teammate Desaree Brower was fourth at 170.
W.F. West also had a champion, in Xylia Warner. Warner, at 135, pinned Castle Rock’s Sadee Huckleberry in the first round of the finals. The Bearcats’s Shianne Blankenship was fourth (155), and Brisa Leal-Sierra (170) was third.
Tenino’s Natalie Dodge was second at 145, and teammate Jamiah Christian (120) was fourth.
Rochester’s Sufina Ahmath (130) was third, as was teammate Elizabeth Ware (140).
“I’m proud of both of those girls,” Rochester coach Jason Dick said. “They’ve been working hard all year.”
Winlock’s Becca Nielson (170) finished fifth, as did Adna’s Keaton Dowell, to move on as an alternate.
Qualifying grapplers advance to the Girls Region 3 Tournament on Saturday in Aberdeen.