Mount Si’s Mark Marum grinded through six matches at the 4A state wrestling tournament and finished fourth at 106 pounds on Feb. 22 at the Tacoma Dome.
He began his Mat Classic XXXII journey with a 3:43 fall win over Spencer Needham of Union. Marum then lost to Colin Jack of Decatur, 7-2, before reeling off three consecutive victories to advance to the third/fourth-place match.
After stepping down from the medal podium, Marum discussed his state trek. Marum said he started off strong with the win over Needham, but couldn’t put together a solid match against Jack.
“I just didn’t wrestle well. I was focused but nothing was working well together and then lost in the quarters to a kid I beat earlier in the year. Didn’t feel good,” Marum said.
Marum rebounded with wins against Cole Cross of Auburn Riverside (13-1), Peyton Motter of South Kitsap (12-1) and Nathan Curry of Tahoma (9-4).
The Wildcat junior lost to Jason Franklin of University on a fall at 3:42 to take fourth. He was ahead by three points before getting caught, he said.
He notched first at KingCo and second at regionals this season and finished with a 43-6 record.
It was the second consecutive Mat Classic appearance for Marum, who placed third at state at 106 last season.
“There’s always some nerves, but you gotta know you can do things, that all your training comes down to it and it pays off,” he said. “Sometimes it doesn’t go your way and it just makes you hungry and makes you wanna train harder for the next year.”