Phillips headlines local wrestlers on Day 1 at Vegas tourney

LAS VEGAS — Stanwood’s Mason Phillips will wrestle for the 138-pound freestyle championship at the Western Junior Regional wrestling tournament after winning four matches on Thursday at South Point Casino.

Phillips didn’t allow a point in his first three victories, all coming via technicall fall. He ran into two-time Pennsylvania state champion Cole Matthews in the semifinals, but his offense was too much for Matthews in an 18-7 victory.

In Friday’s final, he’ll wrestle Jacob Garcia of Arizona, the same person Phillips beat via technical fall for the Greco-Roman championship on Wednesday.

At the same tournament, Lake Stevens’ Malachi Lawrence will wrestle for third and fourth place at 170 pounds on Friday as well. The junior didn’t give up a point in his first two matches, but was shut out in the quarterfinals by Iowa’s Ben Sarasin.

Lawrence rebounded to win three consecutive consolation matches on Thursday.

Jake Bennett, Lawrence’s Vikings teammate, went two-and-out at 113 pounds on Thursday.

Mariner’s Levi Weaver lost his opening bout at 145 pounds, but won three consolation matches before bowing out.

Another Lake Stevens wrestler, 160-pounder Isaac Gust, won his opening-round match but fell into the consolation bracket with a second-round defeat. He was defeated in his first consolation match and was eliminated.

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