Bonney Lake’s Chili Sabin wins 182 pound state title | Mat Classic

Chili Sabin beat Wyley Stewart 6-0 for the 182 pound 3A state championship Saturday, Feb. 22, at the Tacoma Dome.

Chili Sabin won the 182 pound 3A state title at the Mat Classic Saturday

Chili Sabin wrestled through injuries during the past few weeks and earlier in the season to stand on the highest tier for the 3A 182 pound state championship Saturday at the Mat Classic in the Tacoma Dome.

Sabin beat Wyley Stewart from Enumclaw 6-0 using both aggression and technique to dominated from the beginning to the end of the three periods, capping an undefeated season for the senior.

Earlier in the season Sabin sprained his medial collateral ligament and before regionals he seperated three ribs.

Sabin said during regionals because of the rib injury, “I had to change my style. I stuck with front headlocks.”

During the championship match Sabin came out quick and on the attack.

“There weren’t as many scoring opportunities (against Stewart),” Sabin said. “He was more conscious of what was going on.”

Coach Anthony Clarke said he could tell how good Sabin was, “because I can’t beat him anymore.”

Sabin’s father, Jeremy Sabin said, “He started wrestling when he was little. He didn’t win any tournament until the end of his sophomore year, but his work ethic has been the same since day one. He’s never been the top dog, the most athletic or the strongest, but he has always been the hardest worker in the room.”

Clarke said Sabin may look like all aggression on the mat, “but he is very calculating.”

The coach said Sabin’s work ethic has made the difference over the season plagued with injuries.

Jeremy Sabin said, “With any of these kids the minimum you hope is they get what they deserve. When you see what these kids put into this, it is amazing when it comes to fruition.”

 

 

More in Sports

Townsend drafted by Toronto, now pitching professionally

The former Bonney Lake Panther was drafted after one season at Oral Roberts University, where he managed an impressive average of 11.64 strikeouts per nine innings.

Gretler brothers: One to the Bears, one to the Beavers

The former Panthers are ready to hit the next level of baseball.

EHS harriers pitching in with community service

The Hornet Team recently helped with the Miner’s Day 5K run in Black Diamond, and will be moving on to other projects later this summer.

Bonney Lake rower earns national student-athlete honor

Former Panther Ashley Yandt is a key athlete for the WWU Viking rowing team.

Clinkingbeard cinches fifth year as All-Around Logger

Check out who else was a cut above the rest during the 2018 Log Show

All-state squads include Panthers, Hornets

White River’s Megan Vandegrift and Bonney Lake’s Brooke Nelson were among the top players this year.

Wyatt Hodder same in third in one of this year’s tree climbing competitions. Photo by Ashley Britschgi
Junior Show attracts 142 competitors, here are the winners

Make sure you don’t miss the big event next weekend.

Area prep athletes receive all-league honors

Check out which local athletes were honored this spring season

Three Hornets sign with colleges

Cameron Bogard, Tyler Miller and Mikyla Olsen are ready to play at a new level.

Hornet water polo takes seventh in state

In their final tournament match, Enumclaw beat Bainbridge 7-2.

White River’s Zaugg competes in state tennis

The Hornet player was ousted in the third round.

Enumclaw places fourth at judo championships

Tatiana Molinero-Ceras and Esperanza Aparicio-Gamez took first place medals.