The Marysville-Pilchuck boys wrestling team matched up with their crosstown rival Marysville Getchell Chargers on Jan. 10.
The Chargers opened up the contest with two decisions over the Tomahawks to grab a 6-0 lead. With a pin in the third match Marysville-Pilchuck tied it up at 6-6 and looked to ride that momentum. Both teams battled hard to stay close over the next couple of matches, but the Tomahawks began to pull away. With nine victories over 15 matches, Marysville-Pilchuck secured the 47-24 victory over Marysville Getchell.
“We were happy to come out with this one, especially against a tough squad like Getchell has. I think this positions us well for a shot at the league title, but we’ll see how it all shakes out,” said Marysville-Pilchuck Head Coach Craig Iversen.
The Tomahawks had a lot of impressive performances from their team but were highlighted by their seniors Tanner Lauzon and Jonathon Goeden. Lauzon, 126-pounder, earned the first pin of the night against Marysville Getchell’s Taylor Herridge with 27 seconds left in the second round. Goeden, 145, had a quick match as he pinned the Chargers’ Matthew Paquette 57 seconds into the first round.
Marysville-Pilchuck’s underclassmen Mauro Bejar, Cayden White and Ikaiki Naweli also stood out with pins of their own. Bejar, junior 170, almost let the match go into the second round but finished on a pin with four seconds left in the first against Getchell’s Andrew Cantu. White, sophomore 182, also finished his match in the first round on a pin with 48 seconds left against Edgar Duenas. Naweli, junior 195, went into the second round against Caleb Blonk but managed to finish on a pin with 44 seconds left.
“As a team we wrestled tough and we’re progressing. We just got beat by a better team tonight. We’ll start working on more individual stuff as the regular season nears the end. I’m just really proud of how much they’ve grown,” said Marysville Getchell Head Coach John Deaver.
The Chargers only senior to win a match was 138-pound Trey Padgett and he finished strong. He went into the third round against the Tomahawks’ Nick Cantu and managed to earn a pin with 46 seconds left.
Marysville Getchell’s sophomores Cody Mitchell, Timothy Doroshuk and Cheron Smith contributed heavily. Mitchell, 113-pounder, opened up the first match of the day with a 7-1 decision over Mikey Bejar. Doroshuk, 120, went toe-to-toe with Alex Foster and scored a late takedown to come away with the 8-6 decision. Smith, 220, had the only other pin for the Chargers as he pinned Marysville-Pilchuck’s Kamiakin Craig with 22 seconds left in the second round.
The Tomahawks have hosted their last home match of the season. However, if you want to come out and cheer for them their next local match will be at Arlington High School where they will take on the Eagles on Friday, Jan. 18, at 7 p.m. The next home match for the Chargers will also be against the Eagles on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.