L. Stevens takes back district title

SNOHOMISH — A season after Snohomish snapped its 13-year run as district champions, normal service resumed for the Lake Stevens wrestling team at the 4A Northwest District Tournament held at Snohomish High School on Saturday.

Eight Vikings earned individual championships and 18 wrestlers from Lake Stevens qualified for next week’s regional tournament, which will also be held at Snohomish High School. Accordingly, the Vikings took top team honors with 476.5 points, 164.5 points ahead of second-place Snohomish.

“Last year Snohomish was so deep and we wanted to emulate that, to improve our depth, and it helped today,” said Lake Stevens head coach Brent Barnes. “(We got) our young kids to stick through the season to make sure we could fill two complete lineups.”

That depth was evident as Lake Stevens had at least one wrestler finish in the top 5 of every weight class except for 132 pounds.

With several strong performances to choose from, including first-place finishers Jesse Peterson (138) and Cody Vigoren (170), Barnes singled out Logan Johnson at 160 pounds. Johnson pinned Lynnwood’s Hunter Lord in 4 minutes, 25 seconds in the final.

“Logan Johnson did a great job against a state-placer in Hunter Lord,” said Barnes. “It was pretty exciting and one of the highlights of the night for us.”

Host Snohomish had seven wrestlers reach the finals and two championship matches were all-Panther affairs. Tyler Perry earned an 8-5 decision win over teammmate Jacob Proffit at 152 pounds and Tristan Baus pinned Peder Morrill in 2:22 at 195.

Cascade’s Gino Obregon recorded a 9-0 majority decision win over the Panthers’ Keaton Mills to win the 126-pound title and help the Bruins to a third-place finish. Overall, 10 Cascade wrestlers advanced to regionals.

Edmonds-Woodway finished fourth and had two champions, Noah Cuzzetto (113) and Nathan Vulliet (132).

At Snohomish H.S.

Team results: Lake Stevens 476.5, Snohomish 312, Cascade 217.5, Edmonds-Woodway 196.5, Arlington 163.5, Kamiak 130.5, Mariner 119, Mount Vernon 119, Lynnwood 96.5, Monroe 66, Jackson 54.5.

Championship match results: 106—Michael Soler (LS) dec. AJ Crew (LS), 8-2; 113—Noah Cuzzetto (EW) dec. Alex Rodorigo (LS), 6-2; 120—Jake Douglas (LS) inj. def. Luis Reyna (MV); 126—Gino Obregon (C) maj. dec. Keaton Mills (S), 9-0; 132—Nathan Vulliet (EW) dec. Bryce Thomas (A), 7-2; 138—Jesse Peterson (LS) maj. dec. Greg Eagle (S), 11-3; 145—Eric Soler (LS) maj. dec. Noah Johnson (C), 17-3; 152—Tyler Perry (S) dec. Jacob Proffit (S), 8-5; 160—Logan Johnson (LS) pinned Hunter Lord (L), 4:25; 170—Cody Vigoren (LS) dec. Tyler Webley (K), 9-2; 182—Jake Ferro (A) dec. Justin Kearney (S), 5-1; 195—Tristan Baus (S) pinned Peder Morrill (S), 2:22; 220—Shaq Reed (LS) pinned Alex Fairhurst (S), 1:06; 285—Brandon Johnson (LS) dec. George Johanson (EW), 5-1.

Other advancers (top 5 to regionals): 106—3. Wyatt Butler (S), 4. Jeremy Nygard (A), 5. Gabe Baltazar (EW); 113—3. Jorge Escobedo (C), 4. Ruben Crew (LS), 5. Josh Heitzman (K); 120—3. Christian Pridgeon (Mon), 4. Tristin Huggins (Mar), 5. Adrian Gutierrez (MV); 126—3. Wyatt Bell (LS), 4. Hiram Martin (EW), 5. Wyatt Larsen (C); 132—3. Rafael Ibarra (MV), 4. Matthew Calkins (L), 5. Darrick Rongholt (C); 138—3. Keenan Thomas (LS), 4. Conner Gonzales (A), 5. Alex Reeves (C); 145—3. Andrew Villalobos (Mar), 4. Scotty Bardell (A), 5. Juan Garcia (C); 152—3. Bryan Eason (LS), 4. Reald Markokaj (L), 5. Nick Semrau (MV); 160—3. Blake Sander (LS), 4. DeShaun Washington (EW), 5. Sawyer Sahlinger (S); 170—3. Marq Brown (EW), 4. Tom Eddy (C), 5. Kodiak Landis (S); 182—3. Easton Edwards (MV), 4. Mason Beaver (LS), 5. Spencer Schultz (EW); 195—3. Anthony Thees (LS), 4. Hector Morrell Jr (J), 5. Gareth Henderson (A); 220—3. Blake Carrico (C), 4. Manuel Vazquez (L), 5. Michael Oberholtzer (LS); 285—3. Sam Calabrese (C), 4. Francisco Flores (Mar), 5. Reeyad Ali (J).

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