TACOMA — For the uninitiated, stepping on the floor of the Tacoma Dome at Mat Classic XXIV can be a humbling experience. With up to 24 mats of simultaneous action at any given moment, it’s a tournament unlike nearly any other in wrestling.
For Stanwood’s Laura Charboneau it was no big deal.
The Stanwood senior, who wrestles at 265 pounds, has already placed in the top five at state twice. On Friday, she wrestled like a seasoned veteran, pinning her first two opponents to skate into today’s semifinal, which for her should take place around 11:50 a.m.
“Coming to the T-dome is a whole different experience than some of the other tournaments,” Charboneau said. “To not be nervous about being at the T dome is a lot more comforting to me. To know that I’m not scared of my environment. … I know what I’m getting into.”
Charboneau, who boosted her season record to 23-0, has been scored on just twice this year, Stanwood girls coach Bruce VanScoy said. Thanks to first-round wins by Charboneau, Casey Mather (112 pounds), Savannah Phillips (106), and Ruthie Karlberg (137) the Spartans shot up to second in the team point standings midway through Friday’s action.
“The expectations are always higher than what we get,” VanScoy said, “but overall we are pretty satisfied with how we are doing.”
Mather, the cousin of Stanwood boys coach Ray Mather, also picked up two wins to advance to the semifinals and guarantee herself at least a top-six individual finish. Phillips dropped a quarterfinal match, but clinched a top-eight finish — and a state-placer’s medal — by winning her first consolation bout. She can finish as high as third.
The Spartan girls finished the first day of competition tied for seventh in the team standings with 30.5 points, but were just 7.5 points behind first-place Mount Baker.
“We’ll be back up there,” VanScoy said.
For the Stanwood boys, junior Zach Schut has been an inspirational leader and team captain all season. Entering the meet, Schutt was ranked ninth in the state in Class 4A at 152 pounds by the Washington Wrestling Report, so his trip to the semifinals was a surprise to many outsiders.
“You can never count him out,” Ray Mather said. “Guys make mistakes and he’ll make them pay for them.”
That is exactly what happened in both of Schutt’s bouts. He twice fell behind in points and each time came back to pin his opponent in the final minute. In the quarterfinals, he trailed fifth-ranked Tilda Sansom of Auburn 2-1 and took advantage of a mistake to put Sansom on his back.
In the boys team competition, Lake Stevens and Snohomish were the local leaders — as expected. Lake Stevens was in fifth place at the end of the first day and Snohomish was sixth. Lake Stevens’ reign as the Class 4A state champion appears to be over, however. The Vikings are 51 points behind Tahoma (92 points). Tourney favorite Mead was second with 78.5.
The Vikings had the most semifinalists of any local team, with third-ranked Eric Soler (126 pounds) advancing to take on second-ranked Ares Carpio of Todd Beamer in a semifinal match at 10:20 this morning. Ryan Olliges barely escaped Shelton’s Johnathan Dennis in the quarterfinals, winning a 5-3 decision to advance to the semifinals, where he faces defending 182-pound state champ Jordan Rogers of Mead.
At heavyweight, Lake Stevens’ Brandon Johnson was impressive, pinning his first two opponents in 38 seconds and 2:38 to advance to the semifinals. Johnson reached the Tacoma Dome as an alternate as a freshman and returned to the dome this past fall as a member of the Lake Stevens football team that lost in the Class 4A state semifinals.
“Hopefully we’ll just make up for football here in wrestling,” Johnson said with a smile.
Snohomish’s Ammon Morrill was business-like in winning his first two matches of the tournament to move into a 160-pound semifinal. Morrill made both opponents look overmatched.
“I just prepare like its going to be the hardest match ever and I just go out and wrestle like it,” the Panther senior said. “I do fine because I wrestle so hard.”
Snohomish started strong, going 5-2 in the opening round, but only Morrill and 195-pounder Nathan Proffit advanced to the semifinals.
Proffit has a chance for a rematch of the Northwest District final he lost 9-6 to Arlington’s Blake McPherson. If both win their 11:10 a.m. semifinal bouts today, they will meet in the finals. McPherson, who hasn’t lost all season and looked impressive with a pin and a 12-5 decision Friday, may have the toughest test in top-ranked Kadyn DelToro of Curtis.
“They all are pretty tough,” McPherson said of his postseason opponents, “But tomorrow’s going to be the hardest. … (DelToro) is really strong.”
Also reaching the Class 4A semifinals was Edmonds-Woodway sophomore Noah Cuzzetto at 106 pounds.
On the 3A side, Glacier Peak’s Jacob and Sean Elledge advanced to the semifinals and the Grizzlies finished the first day in 14th place with 25 points, well behind first-place Yelm (62). Everett’s Jessie Lopez advanced to the semifinals at 132 pounds, but teammate Connor Boyce, ranked No. 1 in 3A at 170 pounds, was upset in the quarterfinals, losing to Rowland Gaydosh of Decauter 9-8.
Other area girls who advanced to today’s semifinals included Justine Palabrica of Everett (100 pounds) and Jennifer Fremd of Oak Harbor (145).
At Tacoma Dome
Team scores—1. Tahoma 92, 2. Mead 78.5, 3. Union 57.5, 4. Graham-Kapowsin 56, 5. Snohomish 43, 6. Central Valley 42, 7. Lake Stevens 41, 8-tie. Todd Beamer 33, Evergreen (Vancouver) 33, 10. Moses Lake 28, 12. Stanwood 22, 16. Marysville Pilchuck 18, 19. Edmonds-Woodway 14, 24. Kamiak 12, 30. Arlington 10, 43. Mariner 5.
106—Noah Cuzzetto (E-W) advanced to semifinals (def. Chris Montelongo (Chiw) 2-0, def. Todd Link (Tah) 2-1), David Garcia (K) 2-1 (pinned by Kenny Hobbs (KR), def. David Yingling (New) 8-0, def. Jordan Rhodes (TB) 6-5), Alex Rodrigo (LS) 1-2 (lost to Brian Alonzo (Aub) 13-3, pinned Cameron Manjarrez (E) 2:06, lost to Hobbs 3-2); 113—Gino Obregon (Snoh) 2-1 (pinned Juan Lopez (Davis) 3:16, pinned by Eddie Cuevas (C) 5:59, def. Matthew Petrini (Mead) 8-4), Joshua Heitzman (K) 1-1 (pinned Chase Clasen (ML) 5:00, lost to Tim Whitehead (Tah) 11-1, pinned Michael Roybel (TJ) 3:44); 120— Josh Langstaff (Stan) 2-1 (def. Warren Sprecher (CK) 7-4, lost to Beau Gleed (ML) 15-0, def. Brian Dykman (TB) 11-3), Steven Speer (Snoh) 1-2 (def. Kevin Bishop (MR) 12-3, pinned by Taylor Salzberg (GK) 5:39, lost to AJ Dedios (Wood) 11-7); 126—Eric Soler (LS) advanced to semifinals (pinned Zack Gracia (W) 4:55, def. Dalton Meyers (KW) 8-0), Killian Page 2-1 (def. Max Tickman 14-8, pinned by Steven Hopkins (Tah) :51, def. Hayden Wise (ML) 6-4), Connor Gonzales (Arl) 0-2 (pinned by Ares Carpio (TB) 1:51, lost to Jesse Vaughan (Tah) 12-0); 132—Greg Eagle (Snoh) 2-1 (pinned Tylor Thelen (CV) 4:51, lost to Joey Palmer (Tah) 24-9, pinned Jamiel Jackson (KW) 1:16), Christian Mendoza (MP) 2-1 (def. Marco Gonzales (Eisen) 11-9, lost to Gabe Boynay (Tah) 14-7, pinned Adam Coffman (Shelt) 4:16); 138—Kinsey Johnson (LS) 2-1 (pinned Malachi Conklin (Sh) 3:43, lost to David Munding (Mead) 13-6, wins by forfeit), Zac Duncan (Cas) 0-2 (lost to Colton Marlowe (Kent) 9-3, lost to Clayton Smith (Chiw) 8-1); 145—Max Welsh (Mar) 2-1 (def. Caleb Lee (Beth) 11-3, lost to Tanner Mjelde (Tah) 16-6, def. Willie Spurr (Roos) 8-3), Drew Hatch (MP) 2-1 (lost to Grant Steen 10-0, def. Boss Garcia 8-6, pinned Damien Jackson (Rog) 2:44), Matthew Cuzzetto (EW) 1-2 (pinned Willie Spurr 1:44, lost to Austin Wagner (Davis) 9-5, lost to Caleb Lee (Beth) 11-6); 152—Zach Schut (Stan) advanced to semifinals (pinned Jorge Alcala (Davis) 5:17, pinned Tilden Sansom (Aub) 5:03); 160—Ammon Morrill (Snoh) advanced to semifinals (pinned MacKenzie Busey (GK) 4:56, pinned Taylor Ladenburg (Bell) 4:10), Shawn Berg (Arl) 1-2 (pinned by Ryan Christensen (Wood) 1:40, def. Chris Bailey (KR) 3-1, lost to Juan Arellano (BG) 1-0); 170—Kyle Bennett (Stan) 2-1 (def. Garrett Autrey (Tah) 4-2, lost to Sam Voigtlander (Mead) 8-0, pinned Sam Gastineau (Ing) 3:58), Zach Perez 1-2 (lost to Colby Barber (Shelt) 11-6, pinned Andrew Ramirez (Iss) 3:46, lost to Austin Silvers (Chiw) 7-0); 182—Ryan Olliges (LS) advanced to semifinals (pinned Miles Smalls (Bal) 4:42, def. Johnathan Dennis (Shelt) 5-3), Peter St. Marie (Snoh) 2-1 (pinned by Jordan Rogers (Mead) 1:11, def. James West (Aub) 8-6, def. Herbert 4-3, OT), Chris Herbert (MP) 1-2 (def. C.J. Edrington (Chiw) 12-4, lost to Joseph Gomez (GK) 6-2, lost to St. Marie 4-3, OT); 195—Blake McPherson (Arl) advanced to semifinals (pinned KJ Skannal 1:37, def. Tanner Hartsoch (O) 12-5), Nathan Proffit (Snoh) advanced to semifinals (pinned Josh Rayburn 3:59, def. Kolton Cole (CV) 3-0); 220—Luke Reinhard (Snoh) 2-1 (pinned by Matthew Herrick (KW) 3:59, def. TJ Bridgman (C) 6-3, def. Ben Carson (Ing) 2-1), Shaq Reed (LS) 0-2 (pinned by Eddie Meisner (SK) 3:15, pinned by James Volz (Mead) 4:50); 285—Brandon Johnson (LS) advanced to semifinals (pinned Orion Turnbull :38, pinned Larkin Williams (AR) 2:38), George Johanson (EW) 0-2 (pinned by Drew Sharkey (F), pinned by Damien Medeiros (SK) 2:14.
Team scores—1. Yelm 62, 2. Enumclaw 58, 3-tie. Bonney Lake 46, Sedro Woolley 46, 5. Kelso 42, 6. University 40, 7. Timberline 38, 8. Shadle Park 35, 9. Decatur 33.5, 10. Sunnyside 31.5, 14. Glacier Peak 25, 22. Shorecrest 17, 24. Lynnwood 17, 27. Everett 16, 29. Oak Harbor 14.5, 32. Meadowdale 11.5, 46. Marysville Getchell 5, 48. Shorewood 4.
106—Luis Cardona (MG) 2-1 (def. Trysten Dawson (Dec) 14-9, lost to Jesse Barajas (Sun) 10-3, def. Eli Clure (MS) 11-2), Jeremy Vester 1-2 (pinned by Dean Reginio (Timb), def. Justen Mah (Fr) 14-11, lost to Kwest Osborn (Univ) 16-4); 113—Jesus Escalona (Shc) 2-1 (pinned Michael Wilkinson (Bain) 1:27, lost to Colton Tracy (BL) 9-2, def. Ramirez (Lakes) 5-4), Christian Bagdad 0-2 (pinned by Matt Iwicki (EC) 3:43, lost to Kiegen Schauer (MtS) 4-0); 120—Mathew Floresca (Shw) 2-1 (def. Ryan Reed (Kel) 5-2, lost to Andrew Cunningham (BL) 1-0, def. Basabe 6-1), Alex Basabe 1-2 (pinned by Keaton Vallance (Uni) 3:30, pinned Chad Roberts (Bain) 3:32, lost to Floresca 6-1), Jahleel Vester (OH) 1-2 (lost to Timmy Martinez (Pas) 16-2, def. Brandon Gilbertson (High) T fall 16-0, lost to Robison (Fern) 6-5); 126—Zach Calkins (L) 2-1 (pinned by Jaren Hufford (Y) 5:44, def. Jesse Marek (Blan) 11-3, pinned Fend (Enum) 1:38), Cody Fakkema (OH) 2-1 (pinned by Jayden Fend (Enum) 4:31, pinned Steven Edson (High) 1:44, pinned Delagrange (Kel) 2:44), John Kim (GP) 1-2 (lost to Nick Morf (Timb) 13-4, pinned Ryan Lenea (NH) 2:17, lost to Gonzalez (Sunn) 5-1); 132—Jessie Lopez (E) 2-0 (def. Nathan Turner (Odea) 12-5, def. Gilbert Mendoza (Pas) 10-3), Mark Johnston (OH) 0-2 (lost to Alec Greiwe (Bain) 14-2, lost to Randy Nimrick (Pen) 9-1); 138—Timmy Douglas (GP) 1-2 (lost to Sam Wilkes (Mt.S) 8-4, def. Dominic Nicacio (Odea) 4-3, lost to Gabel (Univ) 10-2); 145—Jacob Elledge (GP) advanced to semifinals (pinned Mitchell McCartney (High) 3:48, def. Matt Yuste (BL) 4-2), Nate Tibbott (Meadow) 0-2 (pinned by Gage Anderson (Odea) 0:51, lost to George Stoyanov (MV) 9-4); 152—Joshua Crebbin (OH) 1-2 (pinned Pat Legate (High) 1:25, lost to Billy Goforth (MtS) 17-3, pinned by Tibbetts (OD) 2:45), Hunter Lord (L) 2-1 (pinned Jasper Bourgette (NH) 1:08, lost to Emilio Alcantar (HB) 16-9, pinned Gipson (Brem) 1:20); 170—Connor Boyce (E) 2-1 (pinned Alex Paeth (NH) 3:42, lost to Rowland Gaydosh (Dec) 9-8, def. Newman (Blan) 8-0); 182—Sean Elledge (GP) advanced to semifinals (pinned Alex Jonson (KC) 1:54, pinned Ben Tynan (Han) 5:43), Ric Stewart (E) 0-2 (lost to Weber Coryell (Bain) 17-14, pinned by Evan Dorsey (BL) 2:09; 195— Ciaran Ball (Meadow) 2-1 (pinned Jacob Lancaster (Timb) :40, pinned by Jeffery Leuth (Yelm) 3:46, pinned Guilbert (Hazen) :36), Chris Aiwiro (E) 1-2 (def. Austen Fuller (Pra) 8-2, lost to Peter Johnson (BB) 6-4, lost to Stoutt (EC) 6-4); 220—Ahmed Ahmed (L) 0-2 (lost to Robert Kock (WVY) 10-2, pinned by Josh Conrad 2:59); 285—Ian Bolstad (Shc) advanced to semifinals (pinned Justin Wilins (WVY) 3:58, pinned Cody Fulleton (Odea) 4:56, Mosese Fifita (GP) 1-2 (pinned by Kyle Cosby (Uni) 1:06, def. Garrett Grau (Enum) 4-3, lost to Fulleton 13-2).
Team scores—Not available
106—Chris Jenkins (GF) 2-1 (pinned Jacob Unger (Sum) 1:28, pinned by Christian Alejandrez (Quin) 5:19, pinned Bailey McBride (Ced) 2:09); 113—Ryan Nash (GF) 1-2 (def. Colton Frost (Eat) 8-4), pinned by Wyatt Scribnet (Elle) 3:40, lost to Carson Monaghan (MB) 5-0); 120—Tyler Groff (GF) 1-2 (pinned by Michael Leonard (Deer) 2:41, def. Irvin Nguyen (RL) 5-1, pinned by Steven Martinez (Topp) 4:44; 138—Kyle Weaver (S) 1-2 (lost to Blake Haberman (Elle) 4-3, def. Joey Hansen (Cent) 8-3, lost to Kody Ergeson (Sel) 6-4; 152—Jason Barrus (S) 0-2 (pinned by Elias Mason (Chen) 0:48, pinned by Elijah Camacho (RR) 2:03; 170—Brandon Todd (AM) 2-1 (pinned Freddie Baumann (Eat) 0:57, pinned by Tyler Coates (Elle) 1:11, def. Jake Naslund (S) 15-1, Jake Naslund (S) 1-2 (lost to Travis Morris (WR) 8-1, def. Alex Kalinin (Rent) 20-7, lost to Todd); 182—Conner Kruse (AM) 2-1 (def. Stephen Villarreal (Oth) 15-0 TF, lost to Kyzer Bailey (Cent) 12-7, def. Vlas Bezugly (MB) 9-4; 195—Foster Wade (AM) 0-2 (pinned by Jake Grantham (NT) 0:40, lost to Tyrus Kemp (Eph) 7-6; 220—Taylor Comfort (S) 1-2 (pinned Caleb Richarts (NT) 3:25, lost to Jack Welker (King) 5-4, lost to Abraham Afoa (Fife) Inj Def.
Team scores—1. Mount Baker 38, 2. Sedro Woolley 36, 3. Kelso 35, 4. Warden 34, 5-tie. Federal Way 30.5, Stanwood 30.5, 7. White River 30, 8. Fife 28, 9. Centralia 25, 10. Othello 25, 23. Oak Harbor 12, 36. Everett 9, 61. Mariner 4.
100—Justine Palabrica (Evt) advanced to semifinals (pinned Kim Mored (FW) :59, def. Marizza Birrueta (GV) 8-6), Julie Mata (Mar) 1-2 (pinned Jocelyne Garcia (High) 2:20, lost to Isabella Silva-Pires (Cent) 12-8, lost to Kassi Strano (BG) 7-0), Brittany Tabor (Sult) 0-2 (pinned by Paige Joyce (High) 3:55, lost to Mireille Powers (Kel) 9-1); 106—Savannah Phillips (Stan) 2-1 (def. Quinn O’Bryant (Pra) 17-1, def. Maevis Lawson (Brem) 6-1, pinned Castro (FW) 1:12; 112—Casey Mather (Stan) advanced to semifinals (def. Laura Dittell (Foss) 17-10, pinned Hailey Huerta (Cent) 4:50), Danielle Crawford (GF) 0-2 (lost to Bianca Arizpe (FW) 15-0, lost to Victoria Pena (FW) 7-6); 124—Brooke Doggett (Stan) 0-2 (pinned by Haven Camden (Wash) 4:48, lost to Ashley Snyder (Tyee) 4-2, OT); 130—Allison Lawten (LW) 0-2 (lost to Kourtney Browning (NV) 7-1, lost to Erin Locke (Wash) 7-5); 137—Ruthie Karlberg (Stan) 1-2 (def. Ashley Martinez (Ward) 11-2, lost to Amberlee Brasch (SK) 4-0, pinned by Baron (Kel) 2:34); 145—Jennifer Fremd (OH) advanced to semifinals (pinned Angelica Vashchenko (FP) 1:45, def. Alejandra Rodriguez (G) 7-2); 155—Kehla Grow (LS) 0-2 (pinned by Sam King (Hoq) :42, pinned by Dylan Fagan (WR) 2:29); 170—Brittany Johnston (OH) 1-1 (pinned by Tonie Edwards 3:03, pinned Yolando Afaro (Conn) :24); 265—Laura Charboneau (Stan) advanced to semifinals (pinned Cherelle Jackson (SL) 1:20, pinned Haille Llewellyn (Yelm) 1:37)