With three champions, a runner-up and enough depth to produce a bevy of medal winners, Enumclaw High carried away the big trophy at Saturday’s White River Classic wrestling tournament.
The Hornets topped some of the toughest 1A, 2A, 3A and 4A teams in the state with 212 points. Despite putting six wrestlers in the finals, South Puget Sound League 3A rival Bonney Lake didn’t produce a champion and finished second with 169 points.
Enumclaw and Bonney Lake square off Wednesday night on the Panthers’ home mat in the SPSL 3A season opener. The Hornets will put their 37-match league win streak on the line in the 7 p.m. contest.
Class 4A Graham-Kapowsin was third with 167 points, defending 1A state champion Orting finished fourth with 161.5. Yelm was fifth with 153.5. Sunnyside from eastern Washington was sixth and host White River finished seventh among the 16 teams.
Colton Malek was Enumclaw’s first champion of the night. The 220-pound Hornet pinned Mikey Ramos of Graham Kapowsin at the 3-minute, 53-second mark for the crown.
Tyke Reid, 120 pounds, became the Hornets’ second title-earner, pinning Orting’s Dillon Stiles at the match’s 3:27 mark.
Defending state champion Lucas Somera, in the last match of the night, pulled off a late pin in the closing seconds of the final round to best Ian Steen of Graham-Kapowsin in a come-from-behind victory for the 145-pound title. Somera pinned Steen in 5:38.
EHS 132-pounder Travis Reano also was in the finals, earning a second-place finish after falling to Adam Romano of Graham-Kapowsin in 1:58.
The Hornets earned third-place finishes from Jayden Fend, 126 pounds, Ryan Anderson, 160, TJ Cormier, 195, and Chris Williams, 285.
Fifth-place finishers for EHS were: Garrett Jarozs, 113, Cole Snider, 138, and Kelyn Wallin, 182. Snider finished fifth after getting slammed and having to pull out of competition with an injury default. He is expected to return to the Hornets’ lineup this week.
White River’s Chris Skinner earned the Hornets’ lone title, pinning Evan Dorsey of Bonney Lake in 5:37 at 182 pounds.
Teammates Trevor Kurtz, 120 pounds, and Brandon Short, 145, were third-place medal earners.
Lucas Doll, 106, Carl Klein, 126, and Brennon Gulin, 170, finished fifth.
ENUMCLAW FOURTH AT SUMNER INVITE
Saturday, Enumclaw also sent its junior varsity squad to the eight-team varsity Sumner Invitational where the Hornets finished fourth.
Enumclaw topped 4A Kent-Meridian 42-30 during the opening round and posted a 36-30 victory over 2A Klahowya, which was third in state last year, a in Round 2.
The Hornets ran into host Sumner next, dropping a 42-24 match to the Spartans.
The Hornets dropped the next two matches with identical 48-31 scores to 6A Westview, Ore., and 2A Steilacoom to finish fourth.