Hornets face top-ranked Enumclaw Thursday

The White River High boys wrestling team posted two more South Puget Sound League 3A victories last week, setting up a big finale for its make-up contest with Enumclaw Thursday night in Buckley and its Friday match with Clover Park.

“We’re excited about the challenge and to see where we stack up,” coach Joe Klein said of the Hornet-Hornet battle. “We don’t match up real well with them. They’re solid top to bottom. They’re about as strong a team as we’ve seen all year.”

Enumclaw, the top-ranked 3A team in the state and No. 1 in the league, will face White River, which has just one league loss and is in third place, at 7 p.m. The Hornets head to Lakewood Friday to face the Warriors, then it’s off to the district tournament Feb. 6 and 7 at Auburn Mountainview, where the top finishers advance to the regional tournament Feb. 14 in Bonney Lake. The top wrestlers there move on to Mat Classic, the state wrestling tournament, Feb. 20 and 21 in the Tacoma Dome.

White River cruised past Lakes 48-24 Jan. 21 and then stopped Peninsula 44-30 Thursday.

The Hornets then placed fourth at the Emerald Ridge tournament Saturday behind the 215-pound championship of Chase Myers.

“We brought nine wrestlers and placed seven,” Klein said. “I was really pleased with how they did. We’re getting a little better every week.”

In addition to Myers’ title, four Hornets placed third and two placed fourth Saturday. Jeremy Gurule, 135 pounds, Alec Williams, 140 pounds, Austin Bethel, 160, and David Meagher, heavyweight, finished third. Nick Grimm, 152 pounds, and Richard Geddes, 103, were fourth-place finishers.

The highlight of the Hornets’ two league dual matches was Samantha Lovelace’s 11-9 overtime win at 112 pounds against Peninsula.

“That was the pivotal match of the day,” Klein said. “I’m really proud of her.”

Reach Brenda Sexton at bsexton@courierherald.com or 360-802-8206.