The Marysville-Pilchuck boys wrestling team hosted a late regular season match against the Arlington Eagles on Jan. 21.
Marysville-Pilchuck went on a dominate run from the very first matchup as they rattled off five pins in a row to get out to a 30-0 lead over Arlington. After falling behind early, the Eagles started to chip away at the lead with victories by decision, pin and forfeit as they got on the scoreboard down 30-15.
Over the next few matches the Eagles earned two wins by pin and the Tomahawks took one by pin as well to set the score with a Pilchuck lead at 36-27. In the 145-pound weight class Marysville-Pilchuck secured the dual meet win with a major decision to pull ahead to 40-27. With two matches left the Eagles were too far behind as they earned one pin and lost the final match by technical fall. The Tomahawks walked away with the 45-33 victory.
“We just need to try and put up a full lineup because we’ve been struggling with some weight and injuries this season. We just need to focus in and get healthy for these last couple of matches and into the postseason. We have a few guys that are going to surprise some people,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Marcus Haughian.
The Tomahawks had four senior wrestlers who finished their matches in the first round including Cayden White, Kamiakin Craig, Austin Davis and Justin Albee. White, 182-pounds, had an incredible performance as he finished his match almost instantly with a fall eight seconds in. Craig, 195-pounds, and Davis, 126-pounds, both finished their matches in under a minute with pins 51 and 55 seconds into the first round, respectively. Albee, 285-pounds, finished his match in a little over a minute as he took the victory with 38 seconds left in the first round.
Outside of the first round pins, Marysville-Pilchuck had two other seniors who finished their matches by pin. Mauro Bejar, 170-pounds, took the victory just 13 seconds into the second round of the match. Kalisto, 220-pounds, was also able to earn the pin in the second round as he finished it with 38 seconds left in the round.
“We made too many mistakes and frustrating mistakes. We’re young and we have a lot to work on to finish this season strong,” said Arlington Head Coach Jonny Gilbertson.
The Eagles had four of their wrestlers finish their matches by pin behind underclassmen Gabe Price, Trevor Latta, Cole Phillips and Eric Vogel. Price, 152-pound sophomore, had the quickest finish for his team as he took the victory 23 seconds into the second round. Latta, 138-pound sophomore, also secured his pin in the second round as he finished it in 3:14. Phillips, 126-pound sophomore, battled back and forth throughout his match and was able to take the win 21 seconds into the third round. Vogel, freshman 113-pounds, was the youngest wrestler to win by pin as he took the victory in the final round with 1:20 left on the clock.
The Tomahawks will host their final home match of this season on Wednesday, Jan. 29, against the Oak Harbor Wildcats. The next night, the Eagles will also host their final home match against the Marysville Getchell Chargers on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 7 p.m.