Mount Si Wildcats sophomore Tryon Kaess earned first place in the Mat Classic Class 4A state tournament in the 106-pound division. Kaess defeated Davis wrestler Jaden Sanchez 7-3 in the championship match on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Mount Si Wildcats sophomore Tryon Kaess earned first place in the Mat Classic Class 4A state tournament in the 106-pound division. Kaess defeated Davis wrestler Jaden Sanchez 7-3 in the championship match on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Shaun Scott, staff photo

Kaess reaches the absolute pinnacle on the mat

Mount Si sophomore Tryon Kaess captures a state title.

Mount Si Wildcats sophomore Tryon Kaess never forgot what happened to him at the Mat Classic Class 4A state wrestling meet in 2018.

Kaess, who went 0-2 in the Class 4A 106-pound tournament last season, was determined to improve his performance this year on the mat.

Kaess simply rose to the occasion with everything on the line.

Kaess cruised to a 7-3 victory against Davis grappler Jaden Sanchez in the Class 4A 106-pound title match on Feb. 16 at the Tacoma Dome. Kaess dominated the entire championship showdown. He led 2-0 after the first round and had a sizable 5-0 advantage after the second round.

“I just tried to stay calm, keep my composure and wrestle smart. I really knew what I wanted to do out there. I wanted to score (points) with high-percentage moves and not on high-risk moves,” Kaess said. “I worked really hard for it (state title). I’m glad I have it.”

Kaess, who said he weighed just 98 pounds last season, said gaining weight helped him significantly in his second consecutive state tournament appearance.

“Last year I went two and out and was just 98 pounds. I’m not 98 pounds anymore, so that is nice. Our coaches had us do a lot of workouts throughout this season and that helped a lot,” Kaess said.

Due to the snowstorms in the North Bend/Snoqualmie region over the previous week prior to the Mat Classic, the Wildcats team didn’t get much practice time in. The lack of preparation didn’t deter a determined Kaess. The sophomore stalwart grappler has already set his goals for his upcoming junior and senior years on the mat.

“I want to be a three timer (three-time state champ) and wrestle D-1 in college,” he said.

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