Auburn’s Austin Rhiel applies the squeeze to Decatur’s Sampson Mitchell, pinning his opponent to take the 195-pound title at the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division League and sub-regional tournament at Todd Beamer High School last Saturday. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Auburn’s Austin Rhiel applies the squeeze to Decatur’s Sampson Mitchell, pinning his opponent to take the 195-pound title at the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division League and sub-regional tournament at Todd Beamer High School last Saturday. MARK KLAAS, Auburn Reporter

Ravens dominate league showdown

Auburn Riverside qualifies 16 to regional; Trojans, Lions have strong showings

Sparring partners at daily practice, Arthur Troncoso and Peyton Scheschy squared off on a bigger stage for something more tangible last Saturday.

On the line was a match for a coveted league wrestling title.

Troncoso, an Auburn Riverside senior, took Scheschy’s best shot and answered with a third-round pin to capture the 152-pound championship at the North Puget Sound League Olympic Division League and sub-regional tournament at Todd Beamer High School.

In a tight-fisted all-Raven match, Troncoso found an opening and caught his junior teammate in a vulnerable spot, pulling the trigger on a fall at 5 minutes, 34 seconds.

For Troncoso, a two-time alternate to the regional, it was his first league title, a difficult task considering the familiarity of his foe.

“They know everything you do,” Troncoso said of facing Scheschy. “They know it’s coming, you know it’s coming, so. …

“(In practice) it’s 50-50,” he said as to who wins on the mat, “but this was our first official match. … We fought really hard.”

The match reflected the senior-heavy Ravens’ two-day dominance of the meet. Auburn Riverside, dual-season king, successfully repeated as meet champion, rolling up 374 points and sending a program-high 16 individuals and three alternates to this weekend’s regional showdown at Cavelero Mid-High in Lake Stevens.

“Our coaches do a great job of getting us out there to wrestle every year,” Troncoso said. “They do a great job of recruiting new kids in our school to wrestle every year. They encourage everyone to wrestle in the offseason to get better. The bond’s really tight. We all love reach other and we all work really hard in the room. We get after it.”

Auburn had a strong showing, finishing second with 258 points. Decatur was third (245.5), followed by Enumclaw (228.5) and Auburn Mountainview (217.5).

The top four finishers from each weight class at the league meet qualified for the regional.

“Nineteen guys with the potential to wrestle (this) week is pretty fun,” said Ravens coach Kyle Jones. “I’m real happy with how we wrestled. We really battled.

“I’m real thrilled for Arthur,” Jones added. “For him to make a final and win a league title, I couldn’t be happier for the senior.”

The Ravens expect to challenge Lake Stevens, another senior-strong team, for regional supremacy.

“It’s going to be tough (at the regional). We’re going to have to be ready to go,” Jones said of the team chase.

In addition to Troncoso, state-class Yusef Nelson (113 pounds), Kenny Miller (160) and Will Russell (220) won their weight divisions at the league meet for Auburn Riverside.

Miller, 25-7, pinned Jacob Oaks at 2:49 in another all-Raven final.

Mikah Fathers (120), Zach Villanueva (145), Jonathon Richards (170), Sam Onishchenko (182), Ethan Pedro (195) and Eyvar Robles (285) picked up thirds for the Ravens.

Nelson, a junior who dropped down a weight class, set the tone, pinning Enumclaw’s Brandon Cormier in 2:22 to improve to 29-2 on the season. Russell did his part, pinning Decatur’s Roy Crawford-Taoipu late in the third round to push his mark to 30-4.

Auburn qualified eight to the regional. The Trojans’ weekend was highlighted by Cole Washburn’s resounding title run at 170 pounds and Austin Rhiel’s crown at 195 pounds.

Washburn, who placed third at state at 182 last year, improved to 22-0 with a second-round pin of Enumclaw’s Trevor Chase. The Auburn senior came out aggressive, overcome some controversial calls early, maintained his poise and put away his opponent.

“People bleed, people hit each other hard,” Washburn said of the setback calls. “Wrestling is supposed to be tough.”

Rhiel, 28-8, followed by pinning Decatur’s Sampson Mitchell with a head-and-arm in 1:44. Rhiel hopes to return to state, where he went 2-and-out a year ago.

“It feels pretty good,” Rhiel said of his first league title. “It couldn’t have gone smoother.”

The Trojans’ Uriel Parra picked up third at 220.

Auburn Mountainview will send eight to regionals behind league champions Marco Galeano (106), Jabril Muhammad (126) and Russell (Brennan) Hanson (138).

Good on his feet, Galeano, 17-3, used a stream of takedowns to score a 9-2 decision against Todd Beamer’s Landon Guaderrama.

“Been working four years for this,” the senior said of winning the league title.

Muhammad, a junior, improved to 32-8 with an 11-8 decision against Decatur’s Elijah Gandert. Hanson, another junior, moved to 31-8 by defeating Auburn’s Gabe Sena with a 12-0 major decision.

The Lions’ Kamana Nahaku (120), Mahlik Walker (126) and Noah Koester (132) were second. Braden Buell (106) took third.

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