Wrestlers from White River and Enumclaw high schools are making their way through postseason competition. The best are moving to the top and advancing to district tournaments with an eye toward even greater things.
Here’s a look at the top performers from last weekend’s action.
WHITE RIVER BOYS
White River’s boys were clearly the class of the eight-team field Saturday during the South Puget Sound League Mountain Division subregional tournament.
The Hornets tallied 322.5 points, easily outdistancing second-place Washington’s 240.
White River had seven wrestlers climb to the top and capture individual championships. Taking top honors were Ben Milligan at 106 pounds, Nate Belcourt at 126, Gabe Hawthorne at 152, Weston Lyver at 160, Jared Rodarte at 170, Jay Selander at 195 and Cyrus Wheeler at 220.
Placing second for the Hornets were Brendan McBride at 113 pounds; Ethan Barr at 120; Gage Sabin 126;. Taking third-place honors were Caleb Evanger at 106 pounds, Julian Sandoval at 145, Chase Campbell at 152 and Ethan Oles at 285.
WHITE RIVER GIRLS
Thirty girls’ wrestling teams filled the gymnasium at Spanaway Lake High School Feb. 7-8 and, in the end, it was the crew from White River High taking top honors.
The Rivergirls totaled 239 points, a comfortable lead to second-place Spanaway Lake’s 161.5. Schools of all sizes were part of the subregional field.
White River was headed by four wrestlers who took individual championships. Winners were Anna DiCugno at 105 pounds, Shelby Moore at 115, Claire DiCugno at 125 and Maria Hawthorne at 145.
Taking second at subregionals was Nicole Poussier at 125 pounds. Finishing third for the Hornets was Jalia Williams at 140.
The Enumclaw High boys placed second during a weekend tournament bringing together wrestling teams from the North Puget Sound League’s Olympic Division.
The Hornets tallied 276 team points, trailing only Auburn Riverside.
The eight-team tourney was staged Feb. 7-8 at Auburn Riverside.
The Hornets had five wrestlers turn in championship performances. Taking individual titles were Brandon Cormier at 113 pounds; Westin Triplett at 120; Cade Carter, 126; Drew Krehbeil, 152; and Ryder Popke, 285.
Also contributing to the point total were second-place finishers Tyson Russell at 113 pounds, Aidan Carroll at 138 and Lorenzo Luchi at 195. Third-place finishers were Noah Cormier at 106 pounds, Cole Bowen at 132 and Mekhi Ramirez at 152.
Enumclaw High’s Natasha Puzon started with a bye and then pinned three opponents to win the 115-pound championship during the Feb. 7-8 subregional competition at Kent-Meridian High School.
On the way to her title, Puzon opened with a bye, then pinned three opponents. With Natalie Lessard, 100 pounds, and Madison Goss, 110, earning fifth-place points, the EHS girls placed 11th in the 21-team field.