The Marysville Getchell boys wrestling team hosted a dual match against the Shorecrest Scots and Squalicum Storm on Dec. 18.
The Chargers took an early 24-6 lead against Shorecrest as they took three victories by forfeit, another by pin and a loss by pin over the first five matches. Over the next five matches the Scots took control with four victories, two by pin and two by decision, as well as one loss by pin. Heading into the final four matches, Marysville Getchell held a 30-24 lead. Over the final stretch of matches the Chargers extended their lead with two victories by pin, one win by forfeit and one loss by pin. Marysville Getchell took the win by a final score of 48-30.
Marysville Getchell came out strong against the Storm as they won eight out of the first nine matches of the night, securing a dominate 45-6 lead. After the Chargers hot start, Squalicum was able to capitalize in the final five matches, winning three, but failed to close the gap. The Chargers took the victory 57-24 and finished the dual meet 2-0.
“We’re working hard and we’ve started 10-0, but as of right now it doesn’t mean anything because we have so much tough competition in our division. We’ll be happy with how we’ve started but we need to take care of all the small things so we can make the big things happen,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach John Deaver.
Jacob Steele and Cody Mitchell were the Chargers' two strongest competitors on the night. Steele, sophomore, went up to the 120-pound weight class to earn a pin with 21 seconds left in the first round against the Scots. He then followed up that performance in the 113-pound weight class with another first-round pin with 1:04 left on the clock. Mitchell, junior, also wrestled up a weight class to 138 as he earned a pin 30 seconds into the second round. In his second match he wrestled back at 132 and fought for a 5-2 decision.
Three other wrestlers secured two victories on the night including Omar Salcedo, Taylor Herridge and Joel Fosterl. All three of them took forfeit victories to open the dual match against Shorecrest. Salcedo, 106-pound sophomore, closed out the final match against the Storm with a pin 1:09 into the first round. Herridge, 126-pound senior, also secured a first-round pin as he finished his match with 35 seconds left on the clock. Fosterl, 138-pound senior, also won his match by pin with 48 seconds left in the second round.
The Chargers’ senior in the 195-pound weight class, Caleb Blonk, only secured one win on the night but also scored the quickest pin. In his first match against Shorecrest he pinned his opponent 12 seconds into the first round.
The Chargers next home competition will be another dual match as they take on the Oak Harbor Wildcats and Stanwood Spartans on Thursday, Jan. 9, at 5:30 and 7 p.m.