The Arlington boys wrestling team went to compete at the Everett Classic against 24 other schools on Jan. 4.
The Eagles finished the day with nine scoring wrestlers and five of them finishing in the top six in their weight class. As a team they placed fifth with a final score of 96.0.
“Dorian Tollenaar wrestled about as good as I’ve ever seen him, and he never ceases to amaze me with how much he’s improving day-by-day. It was incredible to see him dominate his matchups and then almost end it with a tech fall in the finals against a good opponent,” said Arlington Head Coach Jonny Gilbertson.
Arlington’s most impressive performance came from their junior 120-pound wrestler Dorian Tollenaar. He started the tournament on a bye in the first round, beat his Lake Stevens opponent with a pin in the second round and then closed out the semifinal with a pin in the second round against Woodinville. Tollenaar finished his incredible tournament with a 10-2 major decision over his Blaine opponent, securing the first-place finish and 27 team points.
The other four top finishers for the Eagles were Eric Vogel, Casten Tollenaar, Cole Phillips and Trevor Latta.
Vogel, freshman 113-pound wrestler, went 4-1 on the day as he won one match by decision, two by major decision and one by pin in the third round. After losing his second match of the day, he went on a three-match streak in the consolation bracket to take the fourth-place finish and earned 16 team points.
Tollenaar, sophomore 120-pound wrestler, won his first two matches of the day by decision, 8-1 and 11-7, before taking his first loss in the tournament by sudden victory in the semifinal. He bounced back in the Consolation bracket as he won a 7-4 decision to finish in fourth with 12 team points.
Phillips, sophomore 132-pound wrestler, took his first match with a 9-3 decision but then lost in the quarterfinal by pin in the first round. After getting sent to the consolation bracket, Phillips won the next two by decision and a first-round pin before losing his final match to finish in sixth place with nine team points.
Latta, sophomore 138-pound wrestler, dominated in his first match with a 21-6 technical fall before being sent to the consolation bracket with a close 6-3 loss by decision. After the loss he went on a three-match streak with a 15-0 technical fall, second round pin and a 12-5 decision to earn a fourth-place finish and 17 team points.
“The guys wrestled hard and it was good to see some of our guys have success from our varsity through our JV. We have a young team, so we knew this was going to be a rebuilding year, just focusing on getting our basics under us and building that team culture again,” said Coach Gilbertson.
The Eagles will be competing away from home for the majority of the regular season but will compete nearby at the Panther Classic in Snohomish on Saturday, Jan. 11, at 10 a.m.