State vets lead the way for White River wrestling

With a trio of state tournament veterans leading the charge, the White River girls wrestling team has hit the mats for the 2016-17 campaign.

White River’s Erin Redford competed during last year’s Mast Classic, taking third in state. Redford is now a senior on the team. Photo by Dennis Box.

BOYS WRESTLING

With a roster that counts five veterans of the Class 2A state tournament, the White River High boys wrestling team has launched a promising season.

Back for another season of competition is the nucleus of last year’s team that placed third at regionals and 12th at Mat Classic, the state championships.

Leading the Hornets into this year’s matches are battle-tested grapplers like juniors Ryan Redford and Cooper Franklin and sophomores Nathan Moore, Max Wheeler and Jack Ervien. All five placed high during regional competition and earned berths into the 2A state meet.

Both Wheeler and Moore scrapped their way to third-place medals at last season’s Mat Classic, where Redford placed fifth and Ervien was eighth.

The squad, directed by veteran coach Joe Klein, opened its season by hosting the White River Classic. The Hornets received championship performances from the expected sources, with Wheeler, now competing at 120 pounds, Moore, 145, and Ervien, 152, taking Classic titles. Additionally, freshman Weston Lyver, 138, and Redford, 170, wrestled to second-place honors while freshmen Gabe Hawthorne, 113, and Jared Rodarte, 132, captured third place.

GIRLS WRESTLING

With a trio of state tournament veterans leading the charge, the White River girls wrestling team has hit the mats for the 2016-17 campaign.

Looking for return trips to Mat Classic – under the tutelage of coach Rich Valdez – are seniors Erin Redford and Jacey Lindner and junior Payton Stroud.

Lost from last year’s team that placed 21st at state are two wrestlers – Madison Altamirano and Brianne Wiens – who graduated.

Getting the bulk of the attention this year will be Redford, who brought home third-place honors from Mat Classic the past two seasons, competing at 130 pounds. She accomplished that by taking on the best the entire state has to offer, as the girls’ state tourney includes schools from all classifications, from the largest to the smallest.

Redford has already signed a scholarship offer to compete next fall for Oklahoma City University, an NCAA Division I program. Heading into her final prep season, Redford is ranked as one of the top 15 female wrestlers in the state by Washington USA Wrestling.

A year ago, Lindner took fifth-place honors at the state meet, competing in the 190-pound division. Stroud had a tough draw at 120 pounds, opening against the eventual state champion; she dropped her first two state matches and was eliminated.

More in Sports

White River among favorites for team title

The boys wrestling team claimed the regional championship last weekend

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

List of nation’s top female wrestlers includes Plateau trio

Payton Stroud, Kenzie Cormier and Dreakeanna Adair are listed in national rankings.

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.

Plenty of Plateau champions in weekend wrestling

The Hornets and Panthers did well in last week’s subregional tourneys.

District tourneys next for local hoop squads

Check out who’s in and who’s out for postseason play this year.

White River trio chosen for all-state volleyball series

Megan Vandegrift, Keegan Strobeck and Hope Baldyga are part of the all-state team.

Former Hornet Keenan Fagan an NAIA All-American

The former Hornet, who just completed his junior season at Rocky Mountain College, was named an NAIA first-team defensive back when All-America squads were announced by the American Football Coaches Association.

Panthers, Spartans earn Shootout wins

Presented by the U.S. Army, the all-day hoop festival featured eight games. The White River girls kicked things off with a 9 a.m. contest against Bishop Blanchet; at 3:30 p.m., the Bonney Lake boys challenged Kentlake; and at 8:30 the Sumner boys played the finale against Seattle Christian.

EHS senior nets WIAA honor

Enumclaw High’s Kaden Anderson was named a WIAA Athlete of the Week.

Two from Class of ‘91 bound for Enumclaw High School Hall of Fame

Two more names from Enumclaw High’s illustrious sporting past will soon be added to the school’s Athletic Hall of Fame.