Edmonds-Woodway cruises to win over Meadowdale | Wrestling

Warriors record 6 pins in 59-9 dual meet victory
By David Pan | Jan 25, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Ousman Fatty has a headlock on Meadowdale’s Jin Lee during a 120-pound Wesco 3A South match Thursday, Jan. 18, at Meadowdale High School. Fatty prevailed 4-3.

Edmonds-Woodway’s state returners and depth helped the Warriors dominate district rival Meadowdale in a Wesco 3A dual wrestling meet.

Three of the Warriors’ state placers recorded pins and the fourth posted a solid victory to lead Edmonds-Woodway to a 59-9 victory over the Mavericks Thursday, Jan. 18, at Meadowdale High School.

“Our studs did what they were supposed to,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Brian Alfi said.

But the Warriors’ supporting cast also shined, winning five of eight contested matches; Edmonds-Woodway won one match via forfeit. Three of the six victories were by pin.

“We feel like we are pretty strong behind those four state kids,” Alfi said. “We’ll see what we can get to the state tournament.”

In preparation for the postseason, the Warriors have traveled up and down the coast to Oregon and California and wrestled in tough tournaments, the most recent of which was the Jim Root Classic in California.

“We’ve put in the work,” Alfi said. “We’re battle tested. … We should have some high point scorers at the state tournament.”

State placer Grayson LeCompte, who pinned Meadowdale’s Nathan Rose in the first round of the 132-pound match, took first place in his division at the Jim Root Classic. Three other Warriors – Baylor Denkinger (106), Salihou Fatty (145) and Cole Hadaller (152) – advanced to the Jim Root finals.

“It was a pretty tough tournament,” Alfi said.

Against Meadowdale, Edmonds-Woodway state participant Howie Hare pinned Nathan Lee at 126 and state placer Generous Yeh won by fall over Tyler Paul at 220. State placer Fatty captured a 14-6 decision over Meadowdale’s Elias Lynch.

Denkinger won a 14-8 decision over Erick Gonzales.

“Baylor Denkinger wrestled up a weight at 113 against a pretty big kid, Gonzales,” Alfi said. “That’s tough. He wrestled well.”

Denkinger has placed in all but one tournament this season.

Alfi also praised Joshua Brown, who lost a 4-3 overtime decision to state participant Ben Duong at 182, the first match of the night.

“Ben Duong from Meadowdale is a really tough kid,” Alfi said. “Josh is a junior trying to get to that level. I though he came out and wrestled pretty tough. It would have been nice to come out with that one.”

Duong has faced and defeated Brown before. He didn’t anticipate the match going into overtime.

“I’m so happy I got the win,” the Meadowdale captain said. “I wasn’t expecting him to be that tough and that elusive. I couldn’t really keep him down on bottom.”

Since he was leading off the night for the Mavericks, Duong knew that his performance would help set the tone.

“I wanted to get everyone pumped,” he said. “As a captain, I know I had to go out and represent for Meadowdale wrestling.”

Meadowdale coach Josh Knowles said that Duong is doing everything that’s asked of him on and off the mat.

“He’s wrestling really well and being a great team leader,” Knowles said.

Though disappointed by the final score, Duong said his teammates gave it their all.

“The score doesn’t reflect how hard we worked,” Duong said.

With a victory over Shorewood on Thursday, Jan. 25, the Mavericks would clinch second place in the league behind the Warriors. The loss to Edmonds-Woodway was the first in league for the Mavericks. The two non-conference losses were to a strong Marysville-Pilchuck squad and 4A Kamiak.

“This year I wasn’t expecting much,” Duong said of his teammates. “They surprised me this year.”

Knowles was pleasantly surprised by the performance of Meadowdale heavyweight Alex Krueger, who pinned Kemper Lee.

“He’s been close to turning the corner and becoming a good wrestler,” Knowles said. “I think he turned that corner. … It’s exciting to see.

Meadowdale’s Thaddeus Gonzalez also won a 9-7 decision over Haddler at 152.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Reece LeCompte pinned Zach Sinnes at 106 and Christian Samson won by fall over Alex Barber at 170. Robbie Simanton pinned Tyler Hagan at 195. Ousman Fatty took a 4-3 decision over Jin Lee at 120 and Ellis Carson captured a 10-7 decision over Devin DeWeese at130.

As talented as the Warriors are on the mat, they also are excelling in the classroom.

“I have a pretty consistent team,” Alfi said. “I think we have nine kids with a 3.9 GPA or above.”

Edmonds-Woodway wrapped up the Wesco 3A South title with a 48-21 victory over Shorewood on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Districts/Sub-Regionals is coming up on Feb. 3 at Shorecrest High School and will be followed by regionals on Feb. 10, which Edmonds-Woodway is hosting.

“It’s going to be nice to be at home for it,” Alfi said.

Alfi said the Warriors are headed in the right direction, especially given all of the tournaments they’ve competed in this season.

“I feel we have a very good level of conditioning right now,” Alfi said. “We’ve wrestled a lot of good matches. They have a lot of good partners. It all adds up – all of those little things they do. They show up early every day. They stay late every day. They wrestled all spring and summer … You can see it all coming together with these guys.”

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