The Arlington boys wrestling team hosted the Cedarcrest Red Wolves in a tough fought matchup on Dec. 11.
The Eagles opened up the day by winning the first match over the Red Wolves. After establishing a 5-0 lead in the score, Arlington and Cedarcrest split the next matches 4-7, respectively. Heading into the final two weight classes, the Red Wolves led by a score of 38-29. In the 106-pound weight class the Eagles managed to earn a win by pin, which put them down 38-35, and with the forfeit at 113 pounds Arlington walked away with the 41-38 victory.
“The guys came out and wrestled well. We knew Cedarcrest was going to be a tough match with just the results so far this year. It was great to see our guys battle back and win it,” said Arlington Head Coach Jonny Gilbertson.
The Eagles won all of their matches over the Red Wolves by pin or technical fall. Sophomore Dorian Tollenaar, 120, opened up the day with a 16-0 technical fall with 29 seconds left in the third round. Arlington’s next win came in the 152-pound match when senior Gavin Howell earned a pin with 51 seconds left in the first round. Senior Kristian Fairbanks, 170, won on a pin with 46 seconds left in the second round. Senior Levi Wiseman, 182, kept the score close by earning a quick pin 1:07 into the first round. Senior Daniel Heiss, 106, finished off the late comeback with a pin only 36 seconds into the first round.
“Right now, we’re wrestling hard and aggressive, but tonight I saw some technical things that we need to work on. We have some young guys beating themselves out there and they’ll get better as the year goes on,” said Coach Gilbertson.
If you want to support the Eagles, their next local match will be at Marysville-Pilchuck High School on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 5:45 p.m. Arlington will be in a dual match as they take on the Everett Seagulls and the Snohomish Panthers.