Phillips adds freestyle title to haul from Vegas tourney

LAS VEGAS — Another technical fall, and another title for Mason Phillips.

The junior from Stanwood added a freestyle championship to his haul from the USA Wrestling Western Junior Regional on Friday at South Point Casino, beating Arizona’s Jacob Garcia 12-1 to complete a run of five straight technical falls in the tournament.

In some ways, Phillips’ 18-7 semifinal victory over Pennsylvania’s Cole Matthews may have been his toughest test of the week. Matthews was ranked 14th in the nation at 138 by Intermat.

Phillips, who also beat Garcia for the Greco-Roman championshp at 138 pounds on Wednesday at South Point Casino, looks to be in fine form heading into the UWW Cadet & University Nationals on June 1-4 in Akron, Ohio.

The event, will be contested five minutes from Top Notch Training in Akron, where Phillips has been working with Justin “Harry” Lester since late February. If Phillips continues his winning ways, he’ll represent the United States at the Cadet World Championships, to be held in Athens, Greece in September.

Lake Stevens junior Malachi Lawrence was also still alive in the medal round on Friday, and the Vikings’ returning state champion placed fourth after falling to Joey Mazzara of Nevada.

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