Wrestling: Season preview for Auburn schools

Wrestling season, along with the rest of the high school winter sports season, is right around the corner. Here’s a recap of last season that reviews the furthest finishers for each Auburn school along with a look at the current season and each school’s first home competition.

Auburn was well represented in the state competition at the 3A level. There were six overall competitors across six different weight classes. At the team level, Auburn Riverside came in sixth place, while Auburn High School just sneaked inside the top 50 at 47th in the state. Auburn Riverside also topped the NPSL with a 5-1 record, Auburn was middle of the pack, and Auburn Mountainview brought up the rear.

Individually, Riverside had five wrestlers who placed in the state tournament. Senior Cole Cross won the 138-pound division, freshman Peyton Eklund and junior Gabe Vasa came in fifth place in the 106-pound and 182-pound weight classes, respectively. Junior Nathan Pritchard came in sixth place at 285 pounds. Finishing up the placements for Riverside was senior Colin Morrow, who came in eighth place. Auburn High School’s furthest finisher was senior Clayton Nelson, who made it to the second round in the 152-pound weight class.

Auburn High School girls wrestling also had a good showing at the state tournament. Sophomore Mary Rush finished fourth in the 125-pound division, helping her team tie for 25th in the state. Auburn Mountainview also had a female wrestler who placed eighth, Natalie Weeks, in the 120-pound division.

For the upcoming season, defending champ Auburn Riverside opens with four matches on the road in a row, spanning from Dec. 1 to Dec. 14. The Ravens’ first home match is on Dec. 21 as they host the Decatur Gators. Auburn Mountainview, which is looking for a bounce-back season, starts their year off on Nov. 30 against the Federal Way Eagles at home. For the Trojans, their first match is Dec. 1 when they welcome Riverside to start the season.