EHS WRESTLING: Work ethic key to staying on top

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” It’s the slogan Enumclaw High wrestlers picked for their team T-shirts this season.

“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.”

It’s the slogan Enumclaw High wrestlers picked for their team T-shirts this season. The other apparel choices tout their three state championships, but in the Hornets’ wrestling room those titles are earned with hard work and, even for the defending 3A champions, 2011-12 is a new season.

“We have a tough row to hoe,” Hall of Fame EHS coach Lee Reichert said. “The kids are working hard. We’re putting the pedal to the metal every day. That’s all you can ask.

“We tell the kids, some teams never win a state championship. We’ve been fortunate to have won three here. Now we’ll just see what else we can accomplish.”

For the Hornets, February marked their third state title in four years and Reichert’s sixth as a head coach. He also has three titles at Kentwood. EHS missed the 2010 crown by less than six points.

The Hornets have been building a wrestling dynasty. It was the second time in history the Hornets posted three individual champions – Lucas Somera, Josh Musick and Kario Wallin. The Hornets did it in 2008 with Joey Pierotti, Jason Gray and Sam Bauer.

While Musick and Wallin graduated, Somera, the former 135-pounder, returns. The youngest Hornet in school history to win a state crown, he was sixth in 2010.

At state, every Hornet won a match and eight of the nine placed.

EHS returns junior Tyke Reid, fourth place at 112 pounds. Travis Reano, a senior, finished fifth at 125 pounds. Colton Malek, a senior, finished sixth at 189 pounds and T.J. Cormier was a state participant

The Hornets will miss Music and Wallin as well as third-place state finisher Hunter File and seventh-place medal winner Marcus Nichols, but there are plenty of Hornets waiting in the wings.

In addition to the aforementioned returning starters, the Hornets planning to put two-time state participant Cole Snider on the mat, along with Garrett Jarez, Jaden Fend, Ryan Anderson, Wyatt Josie, Kellin Wallin and Chris Williams.

The Hornets start the season tonight, Wednesday, at the Graham-Kapowsin jamboree and then head to the White River Tournament Saturday before kicking off league competition Dec. 7 with Bonney Lake, where they will try to keep their 37 SPSL 3A dual-meet win streak alive, trying to better their longest league win-streak of 54.

It will be tough, Reichert said.

“The league is going to be more parallel, more evenly wrestled,” he said.


More in Sports

Sumner’s Rodriguez is 4A dive champion

Enumclaw Hornets also take 5th and 12th.

EHS boys, White River girls headed to hoop regionals, then state tournaments

Regionals are this weekend, with both away games on Saturday.

White River takes Mat Classic championships

Bonney Lake nabbed second, Enumclaw in 7th and Sumner finishes 13th.

Area athletes make it official, sign with collegiate programs

Students who signed letters of intent included Tre Weed of Sumner High, Annabelle Hall of White River High, and Teagan Eldridge of Enumclaw High.

White River among favorites for team title

The boys wrestling team claimed the regional championship last weekend

Sumner’s Clark 4A wrestling champ, White River takes 8th as a team

Hornet Payton Shroud took second in the 120 pound weight class.

Top gymnasts primed for state

Sumner, White River and Enumclaw athletes will be heading to sate this year.

Playoff hoops: some still alive, others ousted at districts

White River girls, Enumclaw boys still in the mix

Girls climb in wrestling rankings, two on national list

Check out which female wrestlers from the Enumclaw, White River and Sumner-Bonney Lake school districts are ranking high in their leagues.

EHS students advance to state robotics competition

The Robo Knights – consisting of Nathan Erickson, Hailey Henken, Chloe Nemish, Billy Staley and Jacob Woodley – will represent EHS Feb. 11 at the ShoWare Center in Kent.

Local athletes score well in Special Olympic tournaments

The local three-member team earned a silver medal at the state bowling tournament, competing against teams from all across the state at Kenmore Lanes.

Spartan swimmers qualify for league, district meets

Sumner High coach Maari Bennett was nothing but positive following the Spartans’ Jan. 4 swim and dive meet.