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Photo gallery | Champion hearts; Mount Si grasps top spot at league tourney
“I’m going to regionals.”
That was the common refrain for Mount Si wrestlers racking up points at last weekend’s Kingco League wrestling tournament.
On the mat at Liberty High School, Mount Si claimed the tournament championship, 214.5 points to Mercer Island’s 209, enough to send Mount Si on to the regional tournament as a team.
Punching that ticket to regionals felt “absolutely amazing” to Bruce Stuart, who took third and a berth in 138, locking up Mercer’s Connor Gullstad to win the match, 4-0.
“If you want it more than he does, you’ll win,” Stuart said.
That goes ditto for junior Tim Corrie. In only his second varsity tournment, the Mount Si wrestler pulled a point ahead of Bellevue’s Jamey Mange for third place at 182 and a trip to regionals.
“I wanted it more,” Corrie explained.
The top three wrestlers qualify for regionals, to be held Saturday, Feb. 11 at Skyline High School. Fourth placers go as alternates.
Mount Si’s best claimed their rides to Skyline, with plenty of other Wildcats grabbing berth honors, too.
Senior Josh Mitchell spent all of 80 seconds on the mat on the weekend, needing 42 seconds against Lake Washington’s Gabe Olson and 38 for Bellevue’s Dean Jones for fall wins.
At 120 pounds, Ryley Absher felled Sam Kim of Bellevue, Trevor Gullstad of Mercer Island and Austin Flegel of Lake Washington.
Junior Mitch Rorem and senior Tyler Hutchinson beat all comers and had to wrestle for the title at 195. Rorem took the match with a fall in 5:38, so Hutchinson took second.
Senior Aaron Peterson took second at 138, as did sophomores Tye Rodne at 145 and Eli Clure at 106. Senior AJ Brevick took third at 160.
Brevick faced Liberty’s Quinn Magendanz for the second time in a week; both wrestlers had each other’s measure.
“I knew I was going to beat him,” Brevick said.
“That kid is no pushover,” Brevick added. “He thought I wasn’t good on my feet.” The Wildcat proved him wrong by scoring two takedowns.
Mount Si’s Gunnar Harrison took fourth at 113, Davis Glass took fourth at 152.
Wilkins Melgaard took fourth at 126, and Tanner Stahl took fifth.
Justin Edens took fourth at 132. Nate Whited took fourth at 220, followed by Chris Schlicting at fifth.
Mount Si junior Bruce Stuart flips Connor Gullstad of Mercer Island in a third-place match Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Kingco championships, winning by points.
Mount Si’s Nate Whited faces off with an opponent during the second day of the Kingco league tournament at Liberty High School.
Mount Si's Tim Corrie pulls ahead of Bellevue’s Jamey Mange for third place at 182, Saturday at league.
Justin Edens grapples with his Mercer opponent during day two consolation bracket competition.