Area wrestling teams – the Bonney Lake Panthers in particular – fared very well during the West Central District 3A championships.
Competing Saturday, it was the Panthers who walked off the mats with the WCD title with 203 team points. Sumner tallied 134.5 to take fourth place and Enumclaw finished with 121.5 and claimed fifth.
The next stop is Mat Classic – the state championship event for all classifications – slated for Friday and Saturday in the Tacoma Dome.
Bonney Lake took team honors on the strength of four individual championships: Brandon Kaylor at 105 pounds, Mason Sabin at 126, Avery Meyer at 145 and Zach Koeller at 152. Also contributing big points was Brenden Chaowanapibool at 106 pounds, who advanced to the finals and fell by injury default to his teammate. Placing third for Bonney Lake were Kaesen Ludwig at 160, Jason Day at 182 and Sam Peterson at 285; claiming fourth place for the Panthers were Evan Tracy at 113, Cody Coffey at 132, Jordan Cozzi at 138 and Keegan Dorsey, at 170.
Sumner High boasted second-place efforts from C.J. Richmond at 113 pounds, Marcus Peterson at 120 and Josiah Schliesman at 182. Taking third were Austin Cleland at 120 pounds, Tucker Wooding at 132, Nathan James at 138, Trace Fischlin at 152 and Lucas Leonhard at 195.
Enumclaw has four individual champions, tying Bonney Lake in that category. Winning titles for the Hornets were Kyle Opland at 120 pounds, Jake Treece at 132, Quinton Southcott at 138 and Kione Gill at 182.
White River High will send seven wrestlers to this weekend’s Mat Classic.
Each earned a state berth last weekend, during regional competition at Liberty High. During that meet the Hornets claimed third-place honors, trailing powerful Orting and second-place Washington.
Leading the way to state for White River are a pair of regional champions, sophomore Ryan Redford at 132 pounds and freshman Nathan Moore at 138. Three other Hornets advanced to the championship round, taking second place: freshman Max Wheeler, 106 pounds; sophomore Cooper Franklin, 120; and freshman Jack Ervien, 145. Other state-bound grapplers are senior Case Ford, who placed third at 160 and junior Cole Tucker, fifth at 182.