The Arlington Eagles hosted their senior night and final home dual of the season against the Marysville Getchell Chargers on Jan. 30.
It was a back-and-forth battle all night as the Eagles opened with a major decision victory and then lost the next match by decision, as they held a 4-3 lead over the Chargers. Over the next five matches Arlington took three victories, one by decision and two by pin, while losing the other two by pins. After the first half of matches Marysville Getchell was slightly behind, 19-15, as they looked to make up the ground.
Arlington added on to their lead in the next match as they earned a pin and extended their lead to double digits, 25-15. The Chargers wouldn’t just lay down after falling behind, winning the next three matches with pins to capture their first lead of the night by a score of 33-25. Unfortunately for Marysville Getchell the lead was short lived as the Eagles came back winning the final three with one forfeit and two pins. In the end, Arlington captured the senior night victory with a final score of 43-33.
“It was a lot of fun and we were able to make it into an event with both of our middle school teams coming in to see us compete. At this point it’s just about focusing on our strengths and weaknesses as individuals and cutting them loose. It gets interesting at this point in the year with coaching, scouting and getting them ready for a high level of competition,” said Arlington Head Coach Jonny Gilbertson.
The Eagles had five wrestlers end their match by pin including Gabe Price, Rylan Polkinghorn, Jon Cerna-Galindo, Dawson Reed and Dorian Tollenaar. Price, 145-pounds, and Polkinghorn, 170-pounds, both finished their matches in the first round in 1:26 and 1:14, respectively. Cerna-Galindo, 120-pounds, competed in his first varsity match and sealed the dual with a pin 1:37 into the second round. Reed, 182-pounds, and Tollenaar, 113-pounds, both took their pins in the third round as Reed finished his match in 4:53, while Tollenaar ended it 22 seconds into the round.
“We’re a little beat up, but that doesn’t matter because it’s wrestling, and everyone has to deal with that. When you fail you can either learn or quit and we’re always going to be learning from our mistakes. Right now, we just have to take care of the little things to make the big things happen,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach John Deaver.
The Chargers also had five wrestlers take their wins by pin in Erick Duenes, Caleb Blonk, Jesus Cabadas, Cheron Smith and Chris Bonner. Duenes, 220-pounds, and Blonk, 195-pounds, had the fastest finishes of the night as they won by pin 37 seconds and 47 seconds into the first round, respectively. Cabadas, 152-pounds, finished his match in the final few moments of the first round as he had 16 seconds left in the round. Smith, 285-pounds, felt out his matchup in the first round and took the victory 37 seconds into the second round. Bonner, 160-pounds, was the final Charger to end his match with a pin as he took the victory in 4:54 in the final round.
If you want to come support your local wrestling teams, they will be competing at the 3A Sub-Regional Tournament at Snohomish High School on Friday, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 8, at 10 a.m.