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Seventh place, hardware for Mount Si wrestlers at Everett tourney
The gold medal that now hangs in Josh Mitchell's room represents the Mount Si junior's first-ever tournament win.
Mitchell led the Wildcat contingent in a seventh place showing last Saturday, Jan, 8, at the 20-team Everett Classic tournament.
The North Bend junior took a first place title, while AJ Brevick, Brian Copeland, Mitch Rorem, Ryley Abscher and Shane Dixon tied for third place.
In the 285-pound class, Copeland and Mitchell both competed. Mitchell dominated Squalicum's Kyle Stallo, Interlake's Fine Nagauamo and Timberline's Cole Stevens in his climb up the championship bracket, taking O'Dea's Cody Fulleton with a score of 406 for the title.
Mitchell went into the Everett Classic off a second-place showing at the El Cajon holiday tourney in San Diego.
"We knew he'd be our stud this year," Mount Si coach Tony Schlotfeldt said.
With league and regionals on his mind, "I'm going, day in and day out," Mitchell said.
Co-captain with Connor Deutsch and Dixon, Mitchell is becoming a leader for the squad.
"Even if you're not winning, take as much as you can out of it," Mitchell tells his younger teammates. "We're going to start coming together as a team."
Copeland beat Newport's Taylor Shimoji in the first round, then beat Vashon Island's Vince Jovanovich in the consolation bracket, going on to beat Stallo and Stevens before tying with Everett's Levi Carrol.
At 103 pounds, freshman Abscher bested Emerald Ridge's James Webber in the first round, then fell to Everett's Justine Palabrica in the second round. He went on to beat Newport's David Yingling, Mount Vernon's Isaac Morales and Squalicum's Luke Jordan, ultimately tying with Bellingham's Miguel Torres.
Abscher's aggressive moves and techniques are coming together.
"He's really impressing me this year," Schlotfeldt said. "He's starting to figure out how to be coachable."
Brevick bested South Whidbey's Jerimah Robey in the first championship round of the 160 pound class, then fell to Everett's Zach Skorka. In the consolation bracket, he bested Emerald Ridge's Ethan Martinez, Interlake's Alex Giseburt and La Conner's Dan Biladeau, tieing for third with Vashon Island's Alex Sohl.
At 171, Dixon had a bye in the first round, then beat Timberline's Tyler Saichompoo in the second round before falling to Emerald Ridge's James Souza. He beat Mount Vernon's Cody Patrick in the consolation round before tying with Vashon's Shane Armstrong.
Dixon has been consistent all season in a tough weight class.
"He continues to be a rock for us," Schlotfeldt said.
At the 119 pound class, Wildcat Wilkins Melgaard fell to Lynnwood's Zach Calkins in the first round, then bested South Whidbey's Jeffrey Kunellis in the consolation bracket. He then fell to Lake Stevens' Casey Walkley.
At 125, Mount Si's Dan Peterson had a bye in the first round, then fell to Mount Vernon's Pavel Okara. He fell to Squalicun's Eladio Elias in the consolation bracket.
At 140, Wildcat Bruce Stuart, Bruce Stuart fell to Squalicum's Andrew Reid in the first round, then beat Lakeside's Gus Kitchell in the second consolation round. He fell to Emerald Ridges Cameron Olson in the third round.
At 152, Max Kenagy fell to Everett's Tyler Dutton in the first championship round, then fell to Squalicum's Aaron Sanders in the consolation bracket.
At 189, Mount Si's John Farmer fell to Timberline's Tanner Risk in the first round, then fell to Newport's Hunter Greif in the first consolation round.
At 215, Rorem had a bye in the first round, took the second from La Conner's Brandon Drye, beat Mount Vernon's Ricky Rodriguez in the consolation round to tie with Emerald Ridge's Jonnie Mooney. Byes allowed Rorem, a "really coachable" athlete, Schlotfeldt said, "to scoot up in there."
• The Wildcat varsity team hosts Liberty at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at home.