Solid performances by Mavericks, Warriors at holiday tournaments | Wrestling

By David Pan | Jan 10, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Meadowdale’s Jaden Yang controls Sehome's Roman Schroyer during a 132-pound match Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Everett Classic.

Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale both started out the New Year with strong performances.

Both teams advanced two wrestlers to the finals at two different tournaments.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Reece LeCompte (106 pounds) and Baylor Denkinger (113) both placed second in their respective weight classes at the Panther Classic Saturday, Jan. 5, at Snohomish High School.

Meadowdale’s Saul Hernandez (182) and Alex Krueger (285) also both took second at the Everett Classic at Everett High School.

LeCompte recorded back-to-back pins before being edged 7-6 by Arlington’s Daniel Heiss in the finals.

“He wrestled a fantastic match,” coach Brian Alfi said of the Edmonds-Woodway sophomore. “He’s growing by leaps and bounds.”

Denkinger opened with a 21-6 victory, recorded a pin in the quarterfinals and captured a 4-2 decision in the semifinals. Arlington’s Dorian Tollenaar prevailed 12-3 in the championship match.

“He’s been real steady,” Alfi said. “He’s been an awesome contributor since he stepped into the lineup as a freshman. He had a great win in the semi- finals against a Sumner kid. It was a real battle. He has a great opportunity to place at state.”

Meadowdale’s Caleb Monillas, wrestling up a weight class, finished third at 182 and Alex Maxwell placed fifth at 285.

“I was pretty pleased with how we wrestled,” Meadowdale coach Josh Knowles said.

Nathan Lee had his best performance at a tournament with a third-place finish at 126.

“He finally put together a whole tournament,” Knowles said.

Teammate Jaden Yang finished fifth at 132.

“We have a solid group,” Knowles said. “Hopefully, well have a good end to the season.”

Edmonds-Woodway’s other top finishers included Emmanuel Boakye-Ansah (fourth at 120), Ousman Fatty (fourth at 126), Alexander Rapelje (fourth at 132), Russel Hare (fourth at 138 and Joshua Brown (fourth at 195).

The Warriors were coming off a busy holiday schedule that included the Northwest Duals Dec. 28-29 in Albany, Oregon,

”A lot of guys got eight matches,” Alfi said. “The entire team wrestled above their postseason weights.”

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