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Mount Si wins 3A KingCo championship
ISSAQUAH Mount Si wrestlers did it again. They
defeated every other team in their league to clinch a third consecutive
3A KingCo title at this weekend's meet. The team was able to
hold off host Liberty High School 254.5 to 245.5.
Kyle Cunningham, 119 pounds; Jeff Stone, 135
pounds; Chad Mills, 140 pounds; Hiram Tame, 145 pounds; Brad
Davis, 189 pounds; and Brad Connor, 275 pounds, all emerged as
the league champions in their weight classes.
Tame wrestled Tony Stedman of Cedarcrest in the
semifinals, and said, "I just wrestled as
hard as I could. I thought it went pretty well." He then advanced to the
finals where he earned a 2-0 decision over Liberty's Jamar
David Crotts, 152 pounds, who had been out for the
last week because of an ankle sprain, wrestled Levi Miller of
Issaquah in the semifinals in what Crotts described as a long match,
eventually losing 9-2. "I fought hard 'til the end," Crotts said. "I'm
a little disappointed, but I did my best."
Cunningham's league title in the 119-pound weight class
was especially heartfelt. His younger sister, Abby, died in a car
accident Wednesday, Jan. 31. Cunningham dedicated his victory to
Abby, whom he felt would have wanted him to wrestle despite her death.
The Wildcats' Lower Valley rivals didn't come away from
the league meet empty-handed either. Aaron Pedeferri, 112 pounds,
of Cedarcrest High School claimed his second league
championship title by besting Rusty Johnson of Mercer Island with an
impressive score of 13-1. Pedeferri is only a sophomore this year, and his
team walked away from the meet with fourth place.
Andrew Claussen, 140 pounds, wrestled Adam Andrie
of Newport in the semifinals and won by decision in overtime
5-4. He lost in the finals when he was pinned by Mount Si's Chad
Mills in a time of 5:30.
Darren Deboer lost in the semifinals to Cunningham of
Mount Si, who would later go on to grab the individual title in the
119-pound weight class. Allan Schultz, 135 pounds, lost
to Mount Si's Jeff Stone in the semifinals by a score of 16-8.
Tony Stedman, 145 pounds, won by decision against the
Wildcats' Kyle Jacobson 10-3, but was defeated in the finals by the
eventual league champion Tame, who won 21-4 in a technical-fall
victory. Robby Westermann, 171 pounds, defeated Kasey Kilmer
of Newport in the semifinals, but recorded a 10-9 loss to
Don Robertson of Liberty in the finals.
Cole Birk, 215 pounds, was pinned by Liberty's Bryan
Anderson in the semifinals and lost out to Dylan Seubert of Mount
Si, who later garnered fourth place at the meet. Ben Schlechty,
275 pounds, was pinned by Connor of Mount Si in the semifinals
at 1:17. Schlechty took sixth place in the meet, but did not
advance to regional competition.
The top five wrestlers in each weight division advance to
the regional meet that begins at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9, at Liberty