The Arlington boys wrestling team matched up with the Oak Harbor Wildcats and the Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks for a night of high-level competition on Jan. 18.
The Eagles opened their senior night by taking on the Wildcats. Arlington and Oak Harbor competed neck-to-neck as they nearly split the first seven matches with the Eagles earning four victories and holding a lead of 21-14. After keeping it close, Oak Harbor lost six of the last seven matches and fell to the Eagles 54-20.
After Oak Harbor, Arlington set their sights on the Tomahawks. They opened the match winning the first two over Marysville-Pilchuck and establishing a 10-0 lead. However, the Tomahawks went on a dominate run throughout the rest of the match as they won 10 of the last 12 matches and took the victory by a wide margin of 55-19.
“We wrestled hard. Some of our guys are just starting to turn it on as we get closer to the postseason so it’s all starting to come together at the right time. As for the seniors, it’s exciting to see them come out here and put it all out there one last time,” said Arlington Head Coach Jonny Gilbertson.
The Eagles were led in both matches by Daniel Heiss, Sam Rush and Dorian Tollenaar. Heiss, senior 113-pound class, was able to earn two pins on the night as he finished Oak Harbor with 54 seconds left in the second round and ended the Tomahawks 18 seconds into the third. Rush, senior 160, secured a pin 48 seconds into the second round against the Wildcats and then beat Marysville-Pilchuck by decision with a score of 17-10. Tollenaar, sophomore 120, took the six-point forfeit from Oak Harbor and finished on a pin 1:19 into the match against M-P.
“It was great to be able to come away with a win over Arlington because it’s always tough and competitive. Our league is very tough top to bottom, and I think that benefits us as we get into the postseason,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Craig Iversen.
Marysville-Pilchuck had six wrestlers finish their match within the first two minutes of competition. Tanner Lauzon, senior 126, was the first on the night with the finish in 26 seconds. Right after him Austin Davis, junior 132, earned his pin with 41 seconds left in the first round. A couple of matches later Jonathon Goeden, senior 145, earned his six points 1:09 into the match. Cayden White, junior 182, continued the dominance with the pin at the end of the first-round with eight seconds to spare. Finally, Kamiakin Craig, junior 220, and Jeff Roullier, senior 285, earned their pins 1:08 and 18 seconds, respectively, into the first round.
The Eagles and the Tomahawks have no home matches left this season. However, Arlington will travel to Marysville Getchell to face the Chargers on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m. and Marysville-Pilchuck travels to Stanwood to take on the Spartans on the same day at 5:45 p.m.