With three seconds remaining in the third and final regulation period of a Mat Classic 3A consolation match last February, Marysville Pilchuck’s Cole Daurie scored two decisive points to post a 3-1 win over Lincoln’s Boira Mokmouen.
That victory kept Daurie’s season alive, and he eventually went on to take fourth place in the 106-pound bracket.
Daurie is eyeing a better finish this season — he said he believes he can win a state championship. His ability to constantly maintain focus on the mat is key, especially in matches that come down to the final seconds.
“With age comes confidence,” Tomahawks coach Craig Iversen said. “He attacks more. He’s not panicking. When something bad does happen, he keeps his head and stays in the match. In the last couple of years, his strengths (have been more evident) at the end of the season.”
Here are five things to know about Daurie:
1. He has experience wrestling in multiple weight brackets. Last winter he wrestled in the 113-pound bracket during the regular season, then dropped to 106 for the postseason. There’s a good chance the same thing will occur this winter.
“I’m fairly comfortable sitting at either weight,” he said. “I’m right in the middle (of the two weights), so I could go either way.”
2. One of his main strengths as a wrestler is his… strength. “When I came in as a freshman, I didn’t expect the difference in strength that a high-schooler had (compared to) a middle-schooler,” he said. “I walked in there not thinking anything about it, and I got slapped in the face my first couple of matches. But I quickly re-adapted to the high school style. I worked out a lot to gain strength and keep up. I’m strong for 106, that’s one of my advantages.”
3. Even though he’s the youngest of three brothers, he was the first to wrestle. His older siblings, Tanner and Ryan, had successful wrestling careers at Marysville Pilchuck, but they were somewhat introduced to the sport by Cole.
“I started wrestling in kindergarten,” he said. “I tried a lot of sports growing up, but wrestling is the one I stuck with. I grasped the sport quickly and learned I was fairly good at it. I’ve done just about every style (of wrestling) there is. My brothers followed me, and it was fun wrestling with them. It was a semi-competitive thing.”
4. He’d like to pursue a career as an emergency medical technician. After graduating, he plans to attend Everett Community College, then move on to a paramedic school. “I like the fast-paced lifestyle (of an EMT). It’s like a wrestling match,” he said. “You’re always moving, always on call, going to do this or that. I’m looking to do a ride-along in Seattle soon to get some hands-on (experience).”
5. He’s somewhat of an artist. Right now his favorite class in school is “probably ceramics,” he said. “It’s fun, and easy. I just sit there and build clay. I’m not sure (what I like about it). I did well on the first project, and I’ve liked it ever since. I made a bowl, I made a rocket ship. I love it. I dig it.”