Warriors bring home five medals from state tourney | Wrestling

By David Pan | Feb 23, 2017
Photo by: David Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Grayson LeCompte takes on Evergreen’s Ryan Logan in the seventh/eighth place match at Mat Classic XXIX in the Tacoma Dome.

Edmonds-Woodway returned home with a rich haul of medals from Mat Classic XXIX.

Five Warriors advanced to the medal round, one of Edmonds-Woodway’s best showings in school history.

The top finisher was Salihou Fatty, who placed fourth in the 132-pound division Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Tacoma Dome.

Fatty lost to 1-0 to Ferndale’s Eli Croy. The Edmonds-Woodway junior voluntarily gave up an escape in the third round. Fatty advanced to the semifinals where he lost 3-2 in triple overtime to Kelso’s Jordan Miller.

Teammate Abdoulie Jatta also advanced to the 170 semifinals. Jatta fell 11-8 to Marysville-Pilchuck’s Keith Pablo and later went on to place sixth overall.

“We felt like both of them (Fatty and Jatta), they had great opportunities to win,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Brian Alfi said. “It was just not their day.”

Senior Anthony Lindamood finished sixth at 152, one of the most competitive weight classes this season, according to Alfi. Junior Generous Yeh wrapped up his season with a 4-1 victory over North Thurston’s Kai Burgman in the seventh/eighth place match at 220.

In his state tournament debut, sophomore Grayson LeCompte finished eighth at 120.

“That’s a big accomplishment,” Alfi said.

LeCompte pinned Bonney Lake’s David Woo at 5:59 in a first-round match on Friday, Feb. 17. The Edmonds-Woodway sophomore also won a match in the consolation round.

“His mat skills are very good on bottom,” Alfi said. “He made a big jump wrestling on his feet.”

Alfi is excited to have LeCompte, Fatty and Yeh back along with freshman Howie Hare, who came into the tournament as an alternate and ended up wrestling two matches at 113.

“We have a young core with three returning state placers,” Alfi said.

Only five out of the team’s 22 regional participants are seniors, so the Warriors will have plenty of talent back.

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