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15 local wrestlers ready to battle in Mat Classic
The Auburn Mountainview wrestling squad will begin its quest for state glory today at Mat Classic XXII, the state 3A championships at the Tacoma Dome.
The Lions will look to six wrestlers – Tyke Reid, Matt Anderson, TJ Peretti, Drew Dacey, Tyler King and Lucas Huyber – who qualified at the 3A Region II meet at Mount Rainier High School last weekend.
"Overall, yes, I am happy with our performance," said Lions coach Adam France. "Obviously, I'm not one that is always pleased. I always like to see them do better. But the ones who moved on worked hard and deserve it. Overall, I think we're sitting well going into state."
The Mat Classic's first-round bouts will begin at 10 a.m. today. The finals are 5 p.m. Saturday.
Auburn Mountainview captured third place at the regional meet with 128.5 points behind defending 3A champion Enumclaw, which was first with 235 points. White River finished second (186.5).
Anderson, the 112-pound regional champion who pinned Peninsula's Austin Wright 53 seconds into their title match, will kick off the state meet with a 10:10 a.m. match against Sunnyside's Gerando Villalobos.
Dacey, who snagged the 125-pound regional title with a pin of Enumclaw's Hunter File in 4:59, will square off against Alex Rockstrom of East Valley at 10 a.m.
Peretti will open against Sal Giampapa of Mercer Island at 11:10 a.m. today. Peretti took the 130-pound regional crown with a 4-0 decision over Enumclaw's Lucas Somera.
King, second at 152 pounds at regionals, will wrestle Nolen Spires of Prairie at 12:10 p.m. Huyber, second at 171, will begin the state tournament against Joey Bellinger of Columbia River at 12:40 p.m., and Reid, fourth at 103, will face Jesse Dunn of Bishop Blanchet at 10 a.m.
"It's tough, it's sort of a tricky time," France said of the state challenge. "We just look at this weekend as a brand new tournament and start fresh."
Auburn Trojan will send six grapplers to Mat Classic.
Class champions Dylan Rutledge and Kelly Maughan powered the Trojans to a third-place team finish at the 4A Region I tournament at Auburn High School last weekend.
Rutledge won the 171-pound title with a 4-3 decision over Snohomish's Mark Morrill. Rutledge will open state against Arlington's Seth Hendersen at 12:50 p.m. today.
Maughan, who was victorious with a 9-3 decision over Edmonds-Woodway's Ryan DeWeese in the 130-pound regional championship, will begin state against Ian Sprecher of Central Kitsap at 11 a.m.
Also contributing to Auburn's 147-point team finish were second-place efforts from Nick Conlan at 285 and Chris Young at 215. Conlan will wrestle Tom Decker of South Kitsap at 1:40 p.m. today, and Young will take on Battle Ground's Miguel Simon at 1:20 a.m.
Also qualifying for the state tourney were Danny Shelton, who was third at 285 pounds, and Willie Pineda, who was fourth at 130. Pineda will wrestle Kurtis Giberson of Kelso at 11:10 a.m. today, and Shelton will take on Morgan Yarber of Central Kitsap at 1:30 p.m.
Tahoma captured the regional title (197.5). Lake Stevens was second (172).
In the girls competition, three Auburn area wrestlers will vie for state titles this weekend. Alyssa Aguilar will compete for Auburn Mountainview in the 103-pound class, with a 10:08 a.m. match against Kaylee Harris from Federal Way. Teammate Lilia Gudyzuk, competing at 152 pounds, will take on Oak Harbor's Jennifer Fremd at 12:16 p.m.
For Auburn, Katrynia Todd qualified at 145 pounds and will square off against Kelso's Coleen Reynolds at noon today.
For brackets and more information on Mat Classic XXII, visit www.wiaa.com.