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'Cats stay tough through holidays
The Wildcat wrestling team had two holiday meets, the first
locking horns at Mount Rainier High School over the holidays with the host
Rams and the Highline Pirates in a triangular meet. Even with a revised
line-up that saw a few junior varsity wrestlers competing and some old faces at
new weights, the `Cats triumphed easily over their outclassed Seamount
The second meet at Lake Stevens, with several of the state's
top-ranked teams proved to be a bit tougher, with the `Cats finishing sixth.
Mount Si dominated Highline in the first match by a 57-18 score
and overwhelmed Mount Rainier by almost the same score, 55-16.
Jordan Prior collected a second round pin and forfeit at 103-pounds. With
Andrew Ahmadi moving up to 119, the `Cats forfeited 112. Wrestling tough at
119, Ahmadi went six strong minutes with a state qualifier from Highline,
only to get pinned in the overtime period. Another hard match against
Mount Rainier saw Ahmadi on the wrong end of an 11-3 count.
Ben Veyna had a short day of it at 125, winning by pin against his
Pirate opponent and collecting a forfeit against Mount Rainier. Jeff
Stone moved up to see some varsity action, taking a tied score at 8 after two
periods then pinning his Highline opponent in the third. Stone started
strong in his second match, but lost by a narrow10-7 score. Chad Mills saw
action at 135-pounds, winning his first match by an 11-6 margin and gaining a
forfeit against Mount Rainier.
Hiram Tame wrestled at 140-pounds against the Pirates, winning
by pin at 4:27. Against the Rams, Blake Moore stepped in and won 8-0.
Payton Thompson showed great technique in his 145-pound bouts, winning his
first match in a quick 50-second pin and finishing off his Mount Rainier
opponent at the end of the second period in 3:59. Ryan Smith collected a
decision and pin at 152, while Jed McDaniels slimmed down to 160-pounds, lost
to state placer Bobby Thompson of Highline by pin in his first match
and won a close 3-2 in his second match.
Bobby Taylor went 1-1 at 171 in two close matches. Brad Davis
bullied his Highline and Ram victims, winning both with easy pins. Not to
be outdone, Dylan Seubert also made quick work at 215, winning
both matches in first-round pins. In the 275-pound class, Sean Sexton and
Brad Connor both saw action with each gaining a first round pin to close
out the scoring.
The following morning, the Wildcats traveled to Lake Stevens to
compete in the 19th annual Viking Invitational tournament. With Lake
Stevens as the top-ranked 3A team in the state, and the likes of top ten teams
Ferndale, Anacortes, Monroe, Fife, and Squalicum, the squad had set
their sights on proving they belonged with these wrestling heavyweights.
Many of the weight classes not only had state placers, but a few even had dual
state champs. This would be the toughest competition the `Cats would likely
see until the state tournament.
Ahmadi was able to sustain an outstanding day of wrestling,
garnering a third-place finish at 112-pounds and barely losing a semifinal
match to a state placer from Selah. Jason Moe put it all together at 119-pounds
after losing his first match 6_0. Moe never tasted defeat the rest of the day,
beating a state wrestler and number two seed from Fife for a well deserved
and hard fought third. Seeded third, Mills kept to form and finished third at
In a weight class that saw last year's state champ lose in the
finals, Moore finished third for Mount Si at 135-pounds. Stone also competed
at 135, gaining fifth place after a close loss to Moore. Tame lost his
first match of the year competing at 140-pounds, finishing tied for fifth.
Thompson lost some close, tough matches at 145-pounds. Spotting
his first opponent 10 points off two throws, he controlled the rest of
the match but could never catch-up, losing 10-4. In a battle for fifth
place, Thompson lost a heartbreaking 2-0 bout.
Smith went 1-2 at 152 in three close matches. In a weight class
that had three state championships, a second and a third, McDaniels gave it
his all but ended up 0-2. Taylor got some vital team points at 171 pounds,
showing that as the year progresses his improvement is steady, quick, and strong.
After a close loss in his first match, Davis found himself battling for
fifth place against last year's regional champ, Taylor Lopez of O'Dea.
As time expired, Davis found himself defeated 6-4, but confident in an
impending rematch at this year's regionals. Seubert was unable to
place at 215, but a loss to Towner of Selah set up a rematch this upcoming
weekend at the Wapato wrestling tournament.
Sexton showed well at 275-pounds, losing a close semifinal
match to the state placer and eventual tournament champ from Anacortes.
The team was put into a hole almost immediately as two
wrestlers, Prior at 103 and Veyna at 125, were unable to finish out the
tournament. Yet, even without these two, the Wildcats finished sixth with 134
points, ahead of ranked teams such as Fife (124), Monroe (92.5), and
Ferndale (66.5) and just behind powerhouse Sedro Wolley (143.5),
Anacortes (156.5) and Squalicum (159).
Wednesday night Mount Si returned to KingCo action, taking
on Skyline at home, then traveling to Newport on Thursday. On
Saturday the Wildcats go over the mountains to compete in the Wapato
Invitational Wrestling Tournament.