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EHS WRESTLING: Hornets gain strength with matches against top teams
Enumclaw High coach Lee Reichert has always sought the toughest competition for his team.
As the Hornets prepared for postseason Friday and Saturday at the subregional wrestling tournament at Auburn Mountainview, Reichert’s top-ranked 3A Hornets went head-to-head with two of the toughest teams in the state – Orting and Tahoma.
Enumclaw topped Orting, the state’s No. 1-ranked 1A school, 40-29 Jan. 25, won the league championship Thursday night with a 49-26 home win over Decatur and then dropped a 45-18 match to No. 1 4A Tahoma Friday on the road.
The battle between Enumclaw and Orting brought the crowd to its feet as the Hornets scored three pins in the final three matches for the come-from-behind win in Orting.
Trailing 29-22, EHS’s final roll started with Kelyn Wallin’s fall at 170 pounds, followed with pins from Wyley Stewart and T.J. Cormier to cap the night.
Orting got big wins from three-time state champion Drew Templeman, who turned the tide for Orting with a technical fall over Travis Reano, and defending state champion Shannon Maris.
In Friday’s Battle for the Bone, the Hornets kept it close in several matches, but could not get the upper hand on the Bears.
EHS picked up 12 of its 18 points on pins from Jayden Fend, 126 pounds, and Colten Malek at 220. Falani Gill, 152, and Ryan Anderson, 160, were also winners for the Hornets.
Hunter Haney, 106, Tyke Reid, 120, T.J. Cormier, 190, Chris Williams, 285, lost close matches.