Photo gallery | With hustle and muscle, Cedarcrest dominates sub-regional wrestling tourney

Cedarcrest wrestler and senior Austin Koons, left, wearing a bandage to staunch a nosebleed, puts a hold on Moses Sun of Granite Falls. Koons took third in his division, 145 pounds, beating Sun by points. - Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo
Cedarcrest wrestler and senior Austin Koons, left, wearing a bandage to staunch a nosebleed, puts a hold on Moses Sun of Granite Falls. Koons took third in his division, 145 pounds, beating Sun by points.
— image credit: Carol Ladwig/Staff Photo

Outside the gym, Robby MacNair was demonstrating the wrestling move he's been saving for the upcoming regional tournament, and of course, for state.

"I haven't used that move all year," he said, but he's ready to.

Inside, DJ Bergquist and Eli Gremmert relaxed as they waited for the preliminary rounds of the Cascade Conference sub-regional tournament to finish up Saturday, Feb. 4. They would soon be wrestling each for the championship of the 152-pound weight class, but since they're teammates on the Cedarcrest High School Red Wolves, they weren't too concerned about who placed where.

"Either way, we both go on to regionals, and either way, it's good for the team," said Bergquist.

He was sporting a camouflage tournament T-shirt with "Nothin' but hustle and muscle" on the back in hot pink lettering. Most of his teammates were wearing the shirts that they just got that day, maybe for luck, but the Red Wolves didn't need any today.

Cedarcrest saw 14 of its 22 wrestlers place in the top four to automatically advance to regionals, this weekend in Bellingham, and claimed a decisive team victory, with 280 points.

"We've already wrapped up league championships, and won duals… today we're just continuing what we've done all year, believe in yourself and hard work," said Cedarcrest head coach Eric Pedeferri, during the 45-minute break between rounds.

The team is led by 10 seniors, most of whom wrestled throughout high school, and Pedeferri Among them are MacNair, who took first in the 285-lb. class, Gremmert and Bergquist who took first and second, respectively, in the 152-lb. class, and Cody Paxman, first in the 160-lb. class.

"He's pretty dominant," Pedeferri said of Paxman. "We hope he can win a state title."

Cedarcrest wrestlers advancing to the regional tournament this weekend in Bellingham are: freshman Bailey McBride, second place in the 106-lb. class; senior Nik Werner, first, and sophomore Callen Martinez, third, at 113; Curtis Chittenden, a junior, first at 120; freshman Ely Malametz, first at 126; junior Nick Decker, first at 138; junior Carlos Toledano, first, and senior Austin Koons, third at 145; Gremmert, first, and Bergquist, second at 152; Paxman, first at 160; senior Martin Vakamoce, second at 170; junior Parker Dixon, fourth at 182; and MacNair, first at 285.

Team scores were: Cedarcrest, 280; Lakewood, 200.5; Granite Falls, 178; Sultan, 158.5; Archbishop Murphy, 99; and South Whidbey, 95.

Fighting off South Whidbey's Jeremiah Robey, Red Wolf Spencer Boak was eventually pinned at 2:41 in a preliminary round of Saturday's tournament.


Parker Dixon, left, tries to throw off Carl Lunn of Lakewood, in the consolation round for the 182-lb. weight class of Saturday's tournament. Dixon took fourth place in the class, and will advance to regionals in Bellingham.


Wrestling at 106 pounds, Cedarcrest freshman Connor Lemons gains the advantage on his South Whidbey opponent.



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