Edmonds-Woodway dominates Sub-Regional meet | Wrestling

Warriors capture 8 individual titles
By David Pan | Feb 08, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Howie Hare grabs ahold of Shorewood’s Curt Tanaka during a 120-pound semifinal match at the 3A Sub-Regional tournament Saturday, Feb. 3, at Shorecrest High School.

Edmonds-Woodway dominated the field at the 3A Sub-Regional wrestling championships.

The Warriors won eight individual titles, fielded five runner-ups and advanced a total of 21 individuals to this weekend’s regional meet at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

The Warriors had both finalists in the 106-, 152- and the 182-pound divisions Saturday, Feb. 3, at Shorecrest High School. Edmonds-Woodway won the team title with 419 points, well ahead of Shorewood, which was second with 219.5. Meadowdale came in third with 196.5 and was followed by Shorecrest with 187.5 and Lynnwood with 119.

“They wrestled well,” Edmonds-Woodway coach Brian Alfi said of his squad.

Alfi noted that some of the Warriors finished above where they were projected and others finished a little below.

“It all evened out,” he said.

Depth helped Edmonds-Woodway, especially in the three weight classes where the team fielded both finalists.

“We’re pretty lucky,” Alfi said. “We start with a lot of kids. They get a lot of competition. When we go to districts, it’s really to our advantage with all the depth.”

Freshman Baylor Denkinger pinned teammate Reece LeCompte at the 1:41-minute mark in the 106 finals. At 152, senior Cole Hadaller defeated teammate Simon Lee 10-3. Junior Josh Brown prevailed 3-0 over teammate Capassio Cherry in the 182 finals.

State placer Generous Yeh pinned Lynnwood’s Ben Lubag at 1:37 in the 220 finals. Junior Grayson LeCompte, who also placed at last year’s 3A tournament, won a 10-5 decision over Shorewood’s Kody Carpenter at 126. State participant Howie Hare defeated Shorecrest’s Kelvin Schmidt 6-0 in the 120 finals.

Senior Robbie Simanton edged Shorewood’s Philip Ball 7-4 at 195 and sophomore Christian Simpson pinned Shorewood’s Hendrik Wirthwein at 3:09 in the 170 finals. Simanton lost to Ball a couple of weeks ago.

“To be able to come through in the district finals, that’s big progress,” Alfi said.

The biggest surprise of the tournament probably was the third place finish by Edmonds-Woodway senior Jonathan Cho at 285. Cho, a tennis player who had never wrestled before this season, won a 7-4 decision over teammate Kemper Lee.

“The most experience he’s had wrestling is holding a tennis racket,” Alfi joked.

Four Meadowdale wrestlers won titles. Senior Ben Duong, a state alternate, pulled out a 4-2 victory over Shorecrest’s Ian Mortensen at 160. Sophomore Alex Krueger pinned Shorecrest’s David Rivera at 3:58 in the 285 finals. Senior Aria Zarei defeated Edmonds-Woodway’s Salihou Fatty 14-10 at 132. Fatty was a state placer last season. Senior Elias Lynch won a 7-4 decision over Shorecrest’s Trentyn Good at 138.

In the girls tournament, Edmonds-Woodway’s Vatoria Keyes took second place at 235. Keyes, a state participant, lost by fall to Stanwood’s Chanel Siva.

“She’s picking up right where she left off,” Alfi said. “It was one of the deepest and tough divisions. It bodes well for her. She works really hard. She went to state and wants to improve on her performance.”

Others advancing to the regional tournament were: Meadowdale’s Zach Sinnes (fourth at 106), Edmonds-Woodway’s Ousman Fatty (second at 113), Edmonds-Woodway’s Emmanuel Boayke-Ansah (fourth at 113), Meadowdale’s Jin Lee (fourth at 120), Meadowdale’s Nathan Lee (third at 126), Edmonds-Woodway’s Nahum Cortezzo (fourth at 126), Meadowdale’s Tanner Queree (third at 132), Edmonds-Woodway’s Elias Meyer (fourth at 132), Edmonds-Woodway’s Ellis Carlson (fourth at 138), Meadowdale’s Thaddius Gonzalez (fourth at 145), Edmonds-Woodway’s Simon Lee (second at 152), Edmonds-Woodway’s Cesar Ramos-Gunn (fourth at 170), Meadowdale’s Chauncey Gantt (fourth at 182) and Edmonds-Woodway’s Luke Walker (third at 195).

The 3A regional tournament is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, Feb. 9-10, at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Matches start at 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday.

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