Area wrestlers are headed to regionals

The SPSL Mountain Division boys wrestling tournament belonged to White River, as the Hornets simply blew away the rest of the field.


The SPSL Mountain Division boys wrestling tournament belonged to White River, as the Hornets simply blew away the rest of the field.

White River scored 324 team points while second-place Washington High managed 225.5. Eight schools participated in the tourney, held in advance of this weekend’s regionals at Fife High.

The Hornets claimed championships in six of the 14 weight classes. Tourney winners were Gabe Hawthorne at 113 pounds; Max Wheeler, 120; Weston Lyver, 138; Nate Moore, 145; Jack Ervien, 160; and Ryan Redford, 170.


The White River High girls placed second at subregional wrestling last weekend, advancing the entire roster to the coming regional tourney.

The Rivergirls trailed only larger Federal Way, competing in their home gymnasium.

White River boasted champions in Payton Stroud, 120 pounds, and Erin Redford at 130. Placing second was Jacey Lindner at 190 and taking third-place honors were Tatiana Molinero, 140, and Sine Duch-Svenson, 170. Cassandra Altamirano, 145, and Madeline Emerson, 170, wound up fourth and Rebekah Lockemy was fifth at 190. Tailyn Nelson placed sixth and is an alternate at 235.

“To move all our wrestlers forward to the regional tournament next week is a great way to kick off the postseason,” coach Rich Valdez said. “We saw a huge effort by our team from top to bottom and couldn’t be more pleased with the performance they turned in.”


Bonney Lake High took second-place honors and seven individual championships during the Pierce County League wrestling subdistrict tournament.

The precursor to this week’s West Central District tourney was staged at Bonney Lake.

In the final team standings, Bethel edged the Panthers 285-281.5 in the eight-team competition.

Panthers taking weight class titles were Brenden Chaowanpibool at 106 pounds; Brandon Kaylor, 113; Even Tracy, 120; Mason Sabin, 145; Zach Koeller, 152; Keegan Dorsey, 170; and Jazz Sherrod, 195.


The Sumner Spartans were strongest in the lower weights, putting four wrestlers into the finals during last weekend’s South Puget Sound League 4A subregional tournament.

Sumner eventually placed third in the nine-team field, trailing Curtis and South Kitsap.

Taking weight class championships for the Spartans were Austin Cleland at 126 pounds and Marcus Peterson at 132. Also making the finals, but placing second, were Kalel Salcedo at 113 pounds and C.J. Richmond, who squared off against teammate Cleland at 126 pounds.

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