Warriors, Mavericks head to Mat Classic | Wrestling

State tourney will see an expanded 32-entry bracket
Feb 14, 2019
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Ousman Fatty, seen here wrestling a teammate at the Edmonds Invitational, is one of 18 Warriors scheduled to compete at the state tournament.

The Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale wresting coaching staffs better be wearing comfortable shoes this weekend because they will be doing a lot of running around in the Tacoma Dome.

After the snowy weather caused the unprecedented cancellation of the regional tournaments, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association unveiled on Monday, Feb. 11, a 32-entry Mat Classic XXXI bracket that will feature all of the regional qualifiers from across the state.

That means the Warriors will have 21 male and female competitors, while the Mavericks have 12 individuals battling for state titles and medals.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Ethan Nguyen (106 pounds), Baylor Denkinger (113), Alexander Rapelje (120), Grayson LeCompte (126), Thomas Cristin-Eriksen (152) and George Kartono (220) all won sub-regional titles.

Meadowdale’s Saul Hernandez (170) and Alex Kruger (285) also were sub-regional champions.

Other Meadowdale wrestlers headed to state are Jinho Lee (second at 126), Caleb Monillas (second at 160), Tyler Paul (second at 220), Nathan Lee (third at 120), Erick Gonzalez (fourth at 120), Hilmy Burch (fifth at 106), Tanner Queree (third at 138), Thaddeus Gonzalez (third at 145), Chauncy Gantt (third at 195) and Alex Maxwell (third at 285).

Edmonds-Woodway state qualifiers also included Reece LeCompte (second at 106), Emmanuel Boakye-Ansah (second at 113), Ousman Fatty (second at 120), Howie Hare (second at 132), Christian Simpson (second at 170), Joshua Brown (second at 182), Russel Hare (fifth at 132), George Quintans (fourth at 138), Alec Rust (fifth at 145), Ethan Davis (fifth at 160), John Christin-Eriksen (forth at 160), Charlie Van Horn (sixth at 170) and Luke Walker (fifth at 182).

Edmonds-Woodway Vatoria Keyes won the 235 division at the girls sub-regional tournament. She’ll be joined by Charlotte Mae Torio (third at 145) and Sarah Hood (fourth at 100).

The state championships are scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 15 and continue until 8 p.m. Wrestling resumes on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 9:45 a.m. until 2:45 p.m. when everyone will break until the parade of champions at 4:45. Finals are set to start at 5 p.m.

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