EDMONDS — For the first time in 20 years it was a great night for a Cook off at Edmonds-Woodway High School.
Friday night marked 20 years since brothers Bryce and Bruce Cook squared off for the final time as coaches of Edmonds-Woodway and Meadowdale wrestling teams, respectively, and Bryce was on hand to enjoy his former team take on his brother’s former squad. Edmonds-Woodway got the better of Meadowdale 52-25 and Bryce and two star wrestlers from each team — Marq Brown from E-W and Morgan Smith from Meadowdale — donned T-shirts commemorating “The Last Great Wrestling Cook-Off.”
“It was quite a night,” said E-W head coach Brian Alfi. “Hall of Fame coaches like him are rare and you want to celebrate them.
“He was the most popular person in the room,” added Alfi of Cook. “Everybody had to have their picture taken with him. He had a blast.”
Both Cooks coached their respective teams for 30 seasons and guided them to the heights of wrestling success in Washington. Bryce, who was inducted into the Washington State Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in 1994, coached his teams to three Wesco titles and coached six individual state champions. He was the 1989 AAA Coach of the Year.
Bruce, who lives in Arizona, was unable to attend the dual meet.
One special part of the night was the attendance of the Wrestling Rhinos Club, which the Cook brothers and Mike Hess founded in 1974. The future of Edmonds area wrestling got a chance to visit with the past.
The present also got a chance to visit with the former coach and got a few tips as well, according to Alfi. “He was getting down and talking to the wrestlers,” Alfi said. “He was right in there coaching like nothing had changed.”
Edmonds-Woodway 60, Mountlake Terrace 15
113 Sidat Kanyi EW wins by FFT; 120 Nathan Nash EW wins by FFT; 126 Noah Cuzzetto EW wins by FFT; 132 Mark Hood EW wins by FFT; 138 Taron Caselton MLT pins Issac Jackson 4:33; 145 Wes Korbein EW wins by FFT; 152 Nathan Vulliet EW pins Kevin Massey 1:45; 160 DeShaun Washington EW wins by FFT; 170 Matthew Cuzzetto EW pin S Poole 1:26; 182 Marq Brown EW dec Tim Zuehl 8 to 1; 195 Spencer Schultz EW dec Brett Potter 5 to 4; 220 Forrest Clement MLT pins Jasen Turnquist 2:19; 285 George Johanson EW pin K Davis :37 seconds; 106 Trung Banh MLT dec Gabe Baltazar 12 to 6
Edmonds-Woodway 52, Meadowdale 25
120 Nathan Nash EW wins by FFT; 126 Noah Cuzzetto EW wins by FFT; 132 Mark Hood EW wins by FFT; 138 Issac Jackson wins by FFT; 145 Wes Korbein EW wins by FFT; 152 Nathan Vulliet EW wins by FFT; 160 C Davis MD maj DeShaun Washington EW 20 to 9; 170 Morgan Smith MD dec Matthew Cuzzetto 7 to 4; 182 Marq Brown EW pins M Smith 2:41; 195 Ciran Ball MD pins Spencer Schultz 1:44; 220 Timmy Smith MD pins Jasen Turnquist 2:49; 285 George Johanson EW pin M Montoya :37 seconds; 106 Gabe Baltazar EW pins Kayla Dewesse :19 seconds; 113 B Millet MD pins Sidat Kanyi 2:57
Meadowdale 45, Lynnwood 36
106—Kayla Deweese (M) forfeit; 113—Beck Millet (M) forfeit; 120—Andrew Rios (M) forfeit; 126—Caleb Lubag (L) forfeit; 132—Isaiah Calloway (L) forfeit; 138—Mathew Calkins (L) forfeit; 145—Zach Lubag (L) forfeit; 152—Reald Markokaj (L) forfeit; 160—Colton Davis (M) pinned Cody Stocker; 170—Morgan Smith (M) dec. Hunter Lord 7-2; 182—Cameron Anstice (L) pinned Mason Smith; 195—Ciaran Ball (M) forfeit; 220—Tim Smith (M) pinned Andy Soeur; 285—Miguel Montoya (M) forfeit. Records—Meadowdale 1-1 overall. Lynnwood 1-1.
Lynnwood 41, Mountlake Terrace 24
106—Trung Banh (MT) forfeit; 113—double forfeit; 120—Caleb Lubag (M) forfeit; 126—double forfeit; 132—Isaiah Calloway (M) forfeit; 138—Mathew Calkins (M) dec. Taron Catleton 6-0; 145—Zach Lubag (M) forfeit; 152—Reald Markokaj (M) pinned Kevin Massey; 160—Cody Stocker (M) forfeit; 170—Hunter Lord def. Shawn Poole by tech. fall; 182—Cameron Anstice (M) dec. Timothy Zuehl 11-6; 195—Brett Potter (MT) pinned Andy Soeur; 220—Eric Breznen (MT) forfeit; 285—Kaleb Davis (MT) forfeit. Records—Mountlake Terrace 0-2 overall. Lynnwood 1-1.