By David Pan Enterprise sports editor
A young Edmonds-Woodway team performed well at the Northwest District 4A wrestling tournament.
The Warriors advanced 11 to this week’s Region I tournament, including 130-pound champion Ryan DeWeese.
The Edmonds-Woodway junior won an 11-3 decision over Marysville-Pilchuck’s Luke Shumaker Feb. 6 at Marysville-Pilchuck High School.
“Whenever you come out on top, everything went right,” said Edmonds-Woodway coach Joe Trieu. “He stayed a lot on the attack. He wrestled his best.”
DeWeese’s first victory in a tournament could not have come at a better time.
“It’s a good one to start with,” Trieu said.
The Warriors advanced two others to the finals. Andrew Vulliet (112 pounds) and Mack Hutchinson (125) each finished second in their respective divisions.
“All the kids were pretty nervous,” Trieu said. “It’s a good thing. It means all of them were pretty excited.”
Vulliet and Hutchinson both had solid tournaments.
“They haven’t hit their peak,” Trieu said. “They wrestled good.”
The team is working hard on conditioning, getting up at 6:30 in the morning for a run and then practicing after school.
“It’s shaping up really well,” Trieu said.
Edmonds-Woodway finished fifth in the team standings. Lake Stevens took first.
Mountlake Terrace and Jackson each advanced two individuals to regionals. The Hawks’ Eric Quinteiro (119) and Dakota Red Cloud (215) placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Jackson’s Brennan Sanchez (135) and Anthony Mortera (171) took sixth and eighth.
“We got hammered pretty hard the second day,” Wolfpack coach Gus Anaya said. “We were hoping to get more guys through.”
The Hawks did have one sub-regional champion in the girls competition as Lupita Garcia Ruiz pinned Chief Sealth’s Markshia Wilson in 5 minutes, 39 seconds. Jackson’s Tiana Mortera, Brennan’s younger sister, was second at 130.
At the Northwest District 3A tournament, Lynnwood’s Zach Calkins won a 3-2 decision over Ferndale’s Isaac Robinson in the 112 finals at Everett High School. Teammate Rodson Ubungen lost a 25-10 decision to Glacier Peak’s Josh St. Marie in the 119 finals.
Two other Royals moved on to regionals. Jonan Simon finished third at 103 and Alex Basabe took third at 112.
“For a young team we did fairly well,” Lynnwood coach Carl Wilkins said. “We had 11 kids in the top eight in our district. … All of the kids who didn’t make it to the top eight were all first-year wrestlers or freshmen.”
Meadowdale had three individuals in the finals, who all took second. Dustin Diemond (130), David Sanchez (135) and Andrew Parada (140) all lost decisions. Also moving on were Nelson Patrone (152), Kyle Jack (189) and Joe Morelli (275).
Archbishop Murphy had two wrestlers win 3A sub regionals titles and keep their perfect records intact.
Cam Wade won a 6-5 decision over Cedarcrest’s Cody Paxman at 145 and Jeremy Wattam prevailed 9-5 over Sultan’s Steven Leverett at 112.
Second-place Wildcat finishers included Connor Kruse (160) and Ryan Saparto (215).