COEUR d’ALENE, Id. – The Lake Stevens Vikings wrestling team needed a pin and they needed it badly.
Heading into the final match of the Tri-State tournament, the Vikings’ Clint Osborn needed to pin Blake Cord of Idaho’s Timberlake High School in order to give Lake Stevens the team title.
Osborn came through, earning a fall with about a minute to go in the second round to give the Vikings enough points to tie University High School of Spokane at 178.5 points apiece. Lake Stevens won the title based on criteria, meaning the Vikings had more champions (3) than University (2).
The Vikings’ Kelly Kubec earned a 7-4 decision over Auburn-Riverside’s Michael Mangrum to take the crown at 112-pounds. Teammate Lester Brown earned the individual title at 135 pounds with a 7-1 decision over Josh Maines of Coeur d’Alene.
Lake Stevens, the defending Class 4A state champions, won the two-day event – which boasts nearly 50 teams from Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington – for the third time in the last six years.
Other top finishers for Lake Stevens included: Blake Tate (fourth place, 152 pounds); Brock Austen (3rd, 140); and Kai Van Leuven (4th, 145).
Lynnwood Classic Bishop Blanchet’s Sam McNaghten (171 pounds) and Meadowdale’s Lane Jennings (152) each scored first-round pins in the tournament. The coaches selected McNaghten and Eastside Catholic’s Nick Carrado (130) as outstanding wrestlers of the tournament.
Team scores-Meadowdale 278.5, Mercer Island 192.5, Blanchet 142.5, Lynnwood 100.5, Redmond 97.5, Eastside Catholic 96.5, Meridian 93, Granite Falls 58
103-Sumner (L) dec. Larson (Mer) 15-8; 112-Perrin (M) pinned Laschever (MI) 2:31; 119-Williams (L) dec. Embly (MI) 8-4; 125-Bruno (M) pinned Jones (MI) 3:02; 130-Carrado (E) won by disqualification over Hebert (GF); 135-Reeder (M) dec. LaPointe(Mer) 8-6; 140-Rock (MI) dec. Forester (M) 6-2; 145-Agnew (MI) dec. Yen (M) 9-3; 152-Jennings (M) pinned Wellein (B) 1:45; 160-Risenmay (R) dec. Baginski (M) 6-5; 171-McNaghten (B) pinned Cramer (M) :57; 189-McKinney (M) pinned Lord (M) 3:15; 215-Johnson (MI) dec. Mustard (M) 10-1; 275-Harbison (M) dec. Noble (Mer) 9-5.
Graham Morin Memorial Tournament: Mac Stach (275 pounds), Nick Mundell (189) and Tony Harness (119) all pinned their opponents to help Snohomish win the tournament.
Team scores-Snohomish 275, Monroe 184.5, Arlington 166, Woodinville 137, Edmonds-Woodway 134, Squalicum 107.5, Nooksack Valley 67, Ingraham 22.
103-Thier (Sno) dec. Trieu (E-W) 7-4; 112- Kalloch (Sno) dec. Barron (Squ) 11-4; 119-Harness (Sno) pinned Ulle (M); 125-Costello (Squ) pinned Guzman (A); 130-Hise (Sno) dec. Lewis (A) 8-3; 135-Thompson (W) pinned Alfi (E-W); 140-Johnson (W) dec. Lampers (M) 6-5; 145-Jacobson (M) pinned Byers (A); 152-Paulter (E-W) dec. McKenzie (M) 9-0; 160-Houck (Sno) dec. Twedt (M) 6-2; 171-Nielson (Squ) dec. Rader 3-1; 189-Mundell (Sno) pinned Chamalbide (E-W); 215-Stewart (Sno) dec. Torres (NV) 14-2; 275-Stach (Sno) pinned Zylstra (NV).