The Arlington boys wrestling team travelled to Marysville-Pilchuck High School to take on the Snohomish Panthers and the Everett Seagulls on Dec. 20.
The Eagles got off to a tough start as some of their wrestlers missed weight and were forced to compete at higher classes. Arlington managed to earn a quick 12 points against Everett in the first two matches but began to let the lead slip as the matched continued. With a surge in the second half of the matches the Seagulls pulled away to a 45-27 victory.
Arlington started out strong with an 18-0 lead over the Panthers after a victory by pin and two forfeits. Snohomish managed to string a few wins together late, but the lead was too much as the Eagles finished the day 1-1 with a 43-33 victory.
“The guys that came to wrestle came to wrestle but we had a lot of guys that had to wrestle above their weight class. Right now we’re just trying narrow our focus and get back to basics. Once we get through the new year we’ll be ramping up,” said Arlington Head Coach Jonny Gilbertson.
Arlington’s seniors Kristian Fairbanks, Gavin Howell and Dorian Tollenaar put on great showings for their team. Fairbanks, 170-pound, dominated both of his matchups as he earned a pin in 1:54 against the Seagulls and another pin in 3:54 against the Panthers. Howell, 152-pound, earned both of his victories by decision as he outscored Everett 13-6 and Snohomish 13-3. Tollenaar, 120-pound, secure a quick pin 52 seconds into the first round against the Seagulls and took the forfeit in his second match.
Hunter Strande, sophomore 285 class, performed well in his first against Everett as he earned a pin 1:19 into the first round.
Casten Tollenaar, freshman 106, and Levi Wiseman, senior 185, both had rough outings against the Seagulls but showed up for the Panthers. Tollenaar pinned his Snohomish opponent 1:02 into the match and Wiseman had the fastest pin of the night as he earned one 28 seconds into the match.
If you want to cheer on the Eagles, their next home match will be against the rival Stanwood Spartans on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m.