Warriors qualify seven wrestlers to 3A state tournament | Wrestling

Edmonds-Woodway’s Hare wins regional title
By David Pan | Feb 15, 2018
Photo by: David R Pan Edmonds-Woodway’s Baylor Denkinger tries to break free from the hold of Marysville-Pilchuck’s Cole Daurie during the 106-pound finals at the 3A regional tournament Saturday, Feb. 10, at Edmonds-Woodway High School. Denkinger lost a 13-2 decision.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Howie Hare nailed down his second straight appearance at the 3A state wrestling tournament.

Hare, an alternate who ended up competing at last year’s championships, took first place in the 120-pound division at the 3A Region 3 tournament Saturday, Feb. 10, at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

Hare won a 9-3 decision over Kamiakin’s Austin Hayward in the finals.

“It feels good,” Hare said. “I just worked hard through the whole match and outpaced him.”

Edmonds-Woodway coach Brian Alfi said that Hare made progress throughout the season.

“He gets better and better,” Alfi said. “He was a chess champion. He kind of wrestles that way. He’ll pick you apart. … Even as the season went on, he was consistently getting better. It’s tough to get Howie on something twice. He has a calm poise.”

Two other Warriors advanced to the finals. Baylor Denkinger and Grayson LeCompte placed second. Denkinger lost 13-2 to Marysville-Pilchuck senior and returning state placer Cole Daurie in the 106 division. LeCompte fell 5-1 to Everett’s Stephan Erosa in the 126 finals.

Edmonds-Woodway’s Salihou Fatty, a state placer, defeated Meadowdale’s Aria Zarei 5-2 for third place at 132. Fatty had lost to Zarei in the district finals last week. Edmonds-Woodway’s Generous Yeh, another state placer took fourth at 220. Yeh was edged 1-0 by Oak Harbor’s Michael Fisken.

Alfi noted that the important thing was that Fatty and Yeh advanced to state.

“Anything can happen,” he said. “We’ve had kids make the finals from every spot in the bracket.”

Zarei was the only Maverick to advance to state.

“We are excited for Arai to test his skills at the highest level,” Meadowdale coach Josh Knowles said.

Edmonds-Woodway senior Robbie Simanton also advanced to state after placing fourth at 195. Simanton lost by fall to Everett’s Christian Balmer.

As a first-time wrestler his freshman year, Simanton had a rough season, losing every single match.

“It’s such an accomplishment,” Alfi said of Simanton qualifying for state. “You can start anywhere and make it to state.”

In the girls regional tournament, Edmonds-Woodway Vatoria Keyes placed second at 235. Keyes lost by fall to Stanwood’s Chanel Siva.

The state tournament is Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at the Tacoma Dome.

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