The Tacoma Dome held the State Wrestling Tournament, Mat Classic XXXI, where the Arlington Eagles, Marysville-Pilchuck Tomahawks, Marysville Getchell Chargers and Lakewood Cougars all competed on Feb. 15-16.
Arlington brought 15 total wrestlers to State, eight boys and seven girls, as they finished 31st out of 61 teams in 3A boys and 52nd out of 164 teams in the girls division. They scored 36.5 and 22 points respectively.
Marysville-Pilchuck brought nine boys and dominated the 3A boys division as they scored 90 points to secure a 10th place finish. The Tomahawks also had one girl wrestler who scored three points and finished 122nd as a one-wrestler team.
Marysville Getchell sent four boys to State who collectively scored 21.5 points, and placed 38th, while the one girl Charger was unable to score any points.
Lakewood had seven total wrestlers compete, two boys and five girls, as they finished 57th out of 63 teams in the 2A boys and 43rd for the girls. The boys scored four points total while the girls put up 27.
“I’m so proud of all of our guys, but the guys that are out here competing for State titles have put in so much work. The guys that are putting in the work year-round, and getting into the room with the coaches are the ones that get better and get to compete against the best of the best,” said Arlington Head Coach Johnathon Gilbertson.
Arlington’s boys were led by their seniors Daniel Heiss and Kristain Fairbanks. Heiss, 106 division, went 4-2 over six matches winning three matches by decision and one by pin 35 seconds into the first round. He finished his final match with a 6-5 decision to secure a fifth-place finish and 13 points. Fairbanks, 160, went 5-2 with three pins and two wins by decision. In his final match of State, he earned a pin at the start of the third round and secured fifth-place with 17 points.
Tailer Cochran, 120, stood out for the Eagles’ girls team as she went 3-3 over her six matches, winning all three by pin. Cochran made it to the seventh-place match but lost by pin to place eighth overall and earn 12 points.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s boys team had four wrestlers finish in the top 10 of their respective weight classes. Nick Cantu, 132, finished the tournament on a 4-2 record with two decisions and two pins. Cantu wrestled his way into the third-place match but lost by decision to finish in fourth-place and take 18 points. Isaiah Galindo, 145, went 4-2 with three decisions and one pin as he closed out the fifth-place finish with a 5-4 decision, earning 13 points. Cayden White, 170, had a monster performance as he went 4-1 with three pins and one decision. White won four straight matches to put him into the State Championship, but lost by a 10-2 major decision, placing him in second-place and 26 points. Jeffrey Roullier, 285, finished with a record of 4-3 with all four of his wins coming from pins. Roullier battled his way through the consolation bracket, after losing his second match of the tournament, but had to forfeit his last match due to injury which placed him eighth with 14 points.
Marysville Getchell had one wrestler get onto the podium as Trey Padgett, 138-pounder, put on a clinic early in the State Tournament. Padgett finished the tournament with a 4-2 record with wins coming from technical fall, pin and two decisions. He finished with a 12-6 decision in his final match, placing him in seventh with 10.5 team points.
Lakewood also had one wrestler make it onto the podium as Cassidy O’Hara, 125, had an impressive run throughout the two days. O’Hara finished with a 4-2 record with three wins by decision and one by a quick pin in the first round. After winning her first three matches she lost in the Semifinal and found herself placing in fifth with a 4-1 decision. O’Hara scored 13 team points to push the Cougars up the leaderboards.
With the conclusion of Mat Classic XXXI, comes the end of high school wrestling for this season.