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Local wrestlers compete at Mat Classic


February 21, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Marysville Getchell's Trey Padgett takes control of the match and looks over to his coaches at the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 16.

Washington's best wrestlers competed at State in the Tacoma Dome for the 2018 Mat Classic XXX on Feb. 16-17.

Marysville-Pilchuck brought seven wrestlers to the State Tournament and finished 11th overall out of 58 teams. With three top-five finishes the Tomahawks scored 62 points as a team.

Arlington brought three wrestlers, two boys and one girl, as they finished 29th in 3A boys and 95th out of 127 in girls. They scored 18.5 and 1 point respectively.

Marysville Getchell sent one wrestler to the Tournament who scored seven points which placed the Chargers at 34th.

Lakewood sent five wrestlers, three boys and two girls, as they finished 41st out of 67 and 68th, respectively. The Lakewood boys scored nine points while the girls scored eight points.

"One of our strengths this year was depth and we were able to stay balanced throughout the whole season. This whole year we were able to see kids step up and get focused in order to be successful," said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Craig Iversen.

The Tomahawks had two top-three finishers in 106-pound senior, Cole Daurie, and 285-pound senior, Joe Lawrence. Daurie competed in five matches while going 4-1 overall. He was able to secure one fall in 1:47 while earning three other victories by decision. Lawrence finished with the same record as Daurie as he also secured a fall in 3:52 and earned the rest by decision.

"The best guys in the State Tournament are guys that either started really young or wrestle year-round, or both. If you want to be able to make it to State and end up on the podium you have to be willing to put in the work and buy into the culture," said Arlington Head Coach Johnathon Gilbertson.

Sam Rush, 152 pounds, and Will Rush, 132 pounds, represented the Eagles in the 3A boys tournament. Sam and Will both went 1-2 while collectively earning one fall and one win by decision.

Andrew Hines

Lakewood's Camden Bach completes the reversal in the second round of his match at the Tacoma Dome on Feb. 16.

Marysville Getchell had one wrestler compete in the tournament, 138-pound Trey Padgett. Padgett competed over five matches, going 3-2, while racking up all three wins by decision. In his final match he won 9-0, securing a seventh-place finish.

"It's important to wrestle every match as if it's the same. We try not to put any emphasis on these matches being different but try to emphasize to push their hardest and make them wrestle their match," said Lakewood Head Coach Tom O'Hara.

Two of the Cougars wrestlers, Cassidy O'Hara and John Seth, managed to earn their spots on the podium with seventh-place finishes. O'Hara, 115 pounds, lost her first match of the day but battled back in the bracket to finish with a 3-2 record. Seth, 113 pounds, had a similar path as O'Hara as he started out losing his first match and then working his way back to the podium.

With the season over the wrestlers will enter the offseason and get ready for next their next chance at the championship.


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