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Cedarcrest sends nine wrestlers to state tournament
The Cedarcrest Red Wolves ended a winning season with nine wrestlers competing at the 2A wrestling championships over the weekend.
Two seniors, Cody Paxman, 160 pounds, and Robby MacNair, 285 pounds, claimed silver medals in the double-elimination tournament. Teammates Carlos Toledano, a 145-pound junior, and Martin Vakamoce, a 170-pound senior, took fifth and sixth places, respectively.
Paxman defeated East Valley’s Nick Gonzalez in a fall in 2:30 in the first round of the tournament, then Brennon Gulin of White River in a fall in 1:27. For the final, he faced Tumwater’s Riley Prentice, who won on points, 8-5.
MacNair defeated Monike Failuga of Fife in an 8-6 OT win to advance to the championship round. He faced Mt. Baker’s Alec Postlewait, who took first place with a fall in 38 seconds.
Cedarcrest also took home a team trophy, with 62 points and a fifth overall finish in the 64-school competition. This followed a second-place win with 171.5 points at the regional tournament, Saturday, Feb. 11, at Bellingham.
Wrestlers who placed at the region tournament to win a trip to state were: Bailey McBride, 109 pounds; Curtis Chittenden, 120 pounds; Ely Malametz, 126 pounds; Austin Koons, 145 pounds; and Eli Gremmert, 152 pounds.
Also placing in the top six at region, were Nik Werner, 113 pounds; Nick Decker, 138 pounds; and DJ Bergquist, 152 pounds.