An impressive list of area grapplers – both boys and girls – will be headed to the Tacoma Dome this weekend for Mat Classic XXIX, the state wrestling championships for all classifications.
Action begins Friday and wraps up Saturday evening.
The Hornet boys are sending at least four wrestlers to Tacoma, headed by senior Jake Treece, who last weekend captured a regional championship at 132 pounds. Treece is a defending state champion.
Joining him in Tacoma will be junior Quinton Southcott at 138 pounds, senior C.J. Eckblad at 145 and junior Austin Rewoldt, 220. Still in the running, as state alternates, are Nate Belcourt and Anthony Russell.
EHS took third-place honors at regionals, trailing only Lake Stevens and Auburn Riverside in the 16-team competition.
Regional champion Kenzie Cormier heads a list of four Hornet girls who battled their way to the state tourney.
Cormier, a freshman, took the title at 100 pounds, defeating teammate Alexandra Puzon in the finale. By advancing to the finals, Puzon, a junior, also is headed to state.
Joining those two in the Tacoma Dome will be senior Laurel Zemke at 145 pounds and freshman Natasha Puzon at 115.
The EHS girls placed fourth in a regional field that counted more than 50 teams.
The Spartans placed fourth in the Class 4A Regional 1 tournament last weekend. With 108.5 team points, the Spartans trailed only Curtis,South Kitsap and Moses Lake in the 16-team regional field.
A pair of Spartans captured regional championships to earn their state trip – sophomore C.J. Richmond at 126 pounds and sophomore Marcus Peterson at 132. Also advancing to the finals and claiming second place was junior Kalel Salcedo at 113 pounds. Other Spartans headed to state include sophomore Austin Cleland, 126 pounds; senior Trace Fischlin, 152; and junior Jonah Brumbaugh, 170.
The Spartan girls will be represented at state by regional champion Nicole Clark, a senior, at 135 pounds.
WHITE RIVER BOYS
The Hornet boys boasted a quartet of champions following last weekend’s regional tournament and will be taking nine wrestlers to Mat Classic.
Claiming regional titles were sophomore Max Wheeler at 120 pounds; freshman Weston Lyver, 138; sophomore Nate Moore, 145; and junior Ryan Redford at 170. Advancing to the finals and placing second were freshman Gabe Hawthorne at 113 and sophomore Jack Ervien at 160. Also headed to state are freshman Jared Rodarte, 132 pounds; junior Cooper Franklin, 138; and sophomore Johnny McBride, 152.
WHITE RIVER GIRLS
Competing against schools of all sizes at last weekend’s regional meet, the Rivergirls took sixth-place honors.
Erin Redford, a senior competing at 130 pounds, took the regional title.
Also earning a state berth were sophomore Payton Stroud at 120 pounds; junior Tatiana Molinero at 140; and senior Jacey Lindner at 190.
BONNEY LAKE BOYS
The Panthers are headed to state led by sophomore Brenden Chaowanapibool at 106 pounds; junior Brandon Kaylor, 113; senior David Woo and junior Evan Tracy, both at 120; junior Mason Sabin and senior Ryan Shaffer, both at 145; senior Zach Koeller, 152; senior Kaesen Ludwig, 160; senior Keegan Dorsey, 170; and junior Sam Peterson, 220.
Taking regional titles were Chaowanapibool, Kaylor, Tracy, Sabin, Koeller and Peterson.
Competing in their home gymnasium, the Panther boys crushed the field in winning the team regional championship.
BONNEY LAKE GIRLS
Dreakeanna Adair battled her way to a regional title at 190 pounds, earning a spot at Mat Classic as a junior.
Also headed to the state championship is junior Nia Lawes at 125 pounds.