COUER D’ALENE — More than fifty high schools from Washington, Idaho and Montana competed in the Tri-State Tournament at North Idaho College this weekend and defending 4A state champion Lake Stevens came out on top with 191 points — 21 more than University (Spokane) which finished in second place.
Lake Stevens coach Brent Barnes had high hopes for his Vikings entering the weekend and was pleased that they came away with the win.
“It was definitely our goal,” Barnes said. “But it’s such a big tournament that it’s a bit of a surprise.”
Some of the little guys made the most noise for Lake Stevens although every single wrestler scored (won at least one bout) in the tournament.
“That was a great team effort for us,” Barnes said.
Josh Heinzer captured the 112-pound title by pinning his first four opponents in the first period and earning a 5-3 decision in the finals.
“He dominated most of the match,” Barnes said.
Two freshmen, Eric Soler and Jesse Peterson, stepped up and had the biggest matches of their young careers at 103 pounds. Soler went 5-1 and finished third, while Peterson finished fifth overall.
“They did a fantastic job,” Barnes said. “That was huge for our team for them to contribute.”
Josh Villani captured the 152-pound title for the Vikings, taking out the Washington state runner up from 2008-2009 in the process.
Ryan Rodrigo finished fifth at 119 pounds and Jacob Anderson took third at 160 pounds.
Arlington was the only other Snohomish County team to make the trip and finished 34th.
Barnes was happy to get the experience against teams that Lake Stevens normally doesn’t get to see.
“We got to see the teams we are going to have to compete against to win the state title,” Barnes said.
Third-ranked University might be the biggest competition. Their three finalists propelled them ahead of third-place Tahoma, which is ranked No. 2 according to Washington State Wrestling Report.
Barnes is not ready to crown his team the best in the state quite yet, however.
“We’re close but that said, we have a lot of work to do,” Barnes said.
Team Scores—1. Lake Stevens 191; 2. University 170; 3. Tahoma 165.5; 4. Orting 145.5; 5. Flathead 139; 34. Arlington 33
Paul Reiman Invitational: At Mt. Vernon, the Tigers edged Marysville-Pilchuck in the eight-team tournament. Nate Wright won at 103 pounds for the runner-up Tommies. Teammates Luis Cardona (112), Luke Shumaker (135) and Jake Carlton (189) also captured individual titles for M-P, while Stanwood’s Jared Studley won at the 130-pound weight class.
Team scores—Burlington Edison 243, Marysville-Pilchuck 229, Blaine 203, Stanwood 130, Mount Vernon 120.5, Anacortes 117, South Whidbey 47, La Conner 37
Nathan Hale Invitational: At Seattle, Shorecrest turned a few heads at the Nathan Hale Invitational Saturday, placing third overall behind Liberty and Federal Way and just ahead of Roosevelt. According to Scots coach Vic Cheema it was the first time Shorecrest placed this high since 2003 and the team set a school record for wrestlers who made the final round. Heavyweight Ian Bolstad was the lone winner pinning his opponent from Federal Way in 1:35. The Scots lost two heartbreakers in overtime. Drew Rabanasin at 152 pounds went two extra periods before falling to his Sammamish opponent 3-1 and Alejandro Loeza dropped a 4-2 decision at 189 pounds. Fritz Vaupel (130 pounds) and Nick Kelly (145 pounds) both lost their final-round matches by pin.
Orcas Island 33, Mossyrock 30: At Mossyrock, senior Lanie Pabbury scored 15 and post Alison O’Toole added six points and nine rebounds as the Vikings (2-0 in league, 5-0 overall) edged Mossyrock in a non-league battle.
Bear Creek 28, Shoreline Christian 20: At Shoreline, Shoreline Christian remained winless, dropping a 28-20 decision to Bear Creek. Megan Cheever’s nine points led the way for Bear Creek which pulled away in the second half after a 12-12 tie at halftime. Shoreline Christian’s attack was paced by Rachel Schneider who had eight points.
At Shoreline Christian H.S.
Bear Creek— Cheever 9, Peterson, 7, Engelstone 6, Mehta 4, Rial 2. Shoreline Christian—Anderson 1, Kredit 2, Hoskin 2, Reynolds 0, Schneider 8, Ott 3, Richards 4. 3-point goals—not reported. Records—Bear Creek not reported. Shoreline Christian 0-6 overall.
Lynnwood 51, Cedarcrest 27: At Duvall, In its first nonleague game of the season Lynnwood had no trouble with Cedarcrest on the way to a 51-27 victory. Lynnwood had five players with at least eight points while Cedarcrest was led by A.C. Den Hartog who had a game-high 17 points. The Royals outshot the Red Wolves 32 percent to 20 percent from the floor.
At Cedarcrest H.S.
Cedarcrest— Buckley 0, Griffen 0, Den Hartog 17, Rouleau, 2, O’Donnell 2, Campbell 3, McKinney 1, Kramer 2, Stauffer 0. Lynnwood—Cross 9, Hella 10, Hill 9, Evans 3, Fajemisin 8, Parker 11, Murphy 1, Ruiz 0, Wilson 0. 3-point goals—Cross, Evans, Parker. Records—Cedarcrest 2-2 overall. Lynnwood 4-2.
Blaine 55, Granite Falls 46: At Blaine, Peyton Spencer put up a season-high 23 points for Granite Falls in the loss. Ericka Smith had nine points and 11 rebounds for the Tigers.
At Blaine H.S.
Granite Falls—White 0, Ogren 2, Spencer 23, Smith 9, Street 3, J. Alexander 4, Arndt 0, Hensley 4, Matalomani 2, R. Alexander 0. Blaine—Steinbach 6, Hendricks 4, Richardson 4, Perrin 25, Hudson 2, Ross 2, Moore 12, Ruiz 0, Oldham 0, Pleezynski 0, Cummings 0.
3-point goals—Smith, Hensley, Perrin, Moore. Records—Granite Falls 1-6 overall.
Interlake 61, Lakewood 54: At Marysville, Interlake took advantge of turnovers and hit its free throws down the stretch to pull out the nonleague victory.
At Lakewood H.S.
Interlake—Cohen 12, Johnsen 5, Aaron 17, Ritter 9, Jamora 2, Roth 0, Kovac 0, Kimmel 16. Lakewood—Fry 9 , Lujan 0, Bird 3, Wiersma 10, Hawkins 11, Stanton 2, VonPein 6, Jones 4, Hesselman 7, Sanders 0, Diggs 2. 3-point goals—Fry 3, Ritter 3, Bird, Cohen, Aaron. Records—Interlake 5-3 overall. Lakewood 0-5.
Blaine 68, Granite Falls 56: At Blaine, the Tigers trailed by just three at the half but a big third quarter for Blaine was the difference.
At Blaine H.S.
Granite Falls— Matalomani 9, Gumke 7, David Lund 0, Cashman 6, Hitchcock 16, Phelps 16, Hereth 2, Loucks 0. Blaine—McCarty 6, Bakogeorge 24, Price 15, Chau 11, Bird 1, Dhanari 8, Cruz 3. 3-point goals— Bakogeorge 4, Phelps 2, McCarty 2, Dhanari, Matalomani, Gumke, Hitchcock. Records—Granite Falls 0-6 overall. Blaine 3-2.